Tag Archives: Government

Scotland’s Towns Partnership: new Chair Announced

It is not that I want another job – honest – but I really was delighted and honored to accept an invitation to become the Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, which was announced this morning. I was also very flattered … Continue reading

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Debating Points

On the 16th January there was a debate in the Scottish Parliament – not a long one mind – on the Government’s Town Centre Action Plan. The Official Record of the debate is available on the Parliament’s website and I … Continue reading

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The Government Speaks, and …

Last Thursday, all eyes turned to Kilmarnock as Derek Mackay launched the Scottish Government’s response to the Fraser Review (the National Review of Town Centres). The response, with its 37 actions, had been eagerly awaited over the Autumn, and now … Continue reading

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The Poll Tax and Business Rates

This week is the Mary and Bill show – fast turning in to the retail version of Punch and Judy – and no doubt we will return to the rival (?) visions of the high street after I’ve had chance … Continue reading

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From the Horse’s Mouth?

It is just over 6 months ago that the nagging suspicion that all was not well in the world of cheap beef products exploded onto the media agenda. The Irish had found horse in their beef and ready meals, cheap … Continue reading

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Planning: Good, Evil or Just Tedious?

At the end of April, Planning Minister Derek Mackay published draft proposals for the third National Planning Framework (NPF3) and the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP).  These proposals could have significant impacts on what Scotland considers important and how it will … Continue reading

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LVCR, CD, DVD and SE

Just like many people I have been guilty of buying CDs and DVDs online, where the prices always seem to be that little bit lower. And when I am buying in commodity mode, then price is obviously a motivator, let … Continue reading

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Wanted? Town Centre Truth and Reconciliation Committees

Tuesday saw a motley gathering of 40 or so people at The Lighthouse in Glasgow at a “Towns Summit” co-organised by Architecture + Design Scotland and the Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The workshop was convened on the back of three contexts: … Continue reading

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Portas! Part Deux

Well it beat Christmas shopping. I spent part of last week reading the full version of the Mary Portas Review, rather than simply the 28 recommendations and press coverage. In my quick comment I wondered if there was much “meat” … Continue reading

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Mary Mary, Quite … …

So, where were you on the day the high street was saved? With just the merest hint of irony, I was in a shopping centre for much of the day. But a shopping centre with fully integrated public transport links … Continue reading

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