Policy Priorities for Revitalising Scotland's Town Centres
This event will be an opporunity for delegates to discuss the key steps needed to revitalise Scotland's town centres and high streets.
Reinvigorating Scotland's High Streets
According to a recent report published by FSB Scotland on the future of Scotland's towns, a total of 414 stores have closed across Scotland since 2016. The negative consequences of these closures is keenly felt across town centres in Scotland.
In light of this trend the Scottish Government, in partnership with COSLA, announced a £50 million fund in March 2019 to be allocated according to the aims of the existing Town Centre Action Plan.
The new fund joins a raft of other policies including the UK Government's Stronger Towns Fund and the soon to be established Scottish National Investment Bank.
Join Holyrood on 22nd January 2020 as we explore how these policies can be leveraged to support the regeneration of Scotland's town centres, and discuss what further steps may be necessary to drive real change.
Key Issues We'll Address with You
- Policy in context: the challenges facing Scotland's town centres
- Latest thinking on the Scottish Government's Town Centre Fund
- Potential models for the future of town centres
Who Should Attend
- Local authorities - including councillors, economic development, communities and planning teams
- Community Councils
- Development Trusts
- Improvement Districts
- Central Government
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09:30 Registration and Refreshments
Session 1: Policy and Context
10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair
Professor Alan Alexander, Emeritus Professor of Local and Public Management, University of Strathclyde
10:05 Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnership
10:25 Barry McCulloch, Senior Policy Advisor, Federation of Small Business Scotland
10:45 Senior representative, local authority
11:05 Senior academic
12:00 Lunch and Networking
Session 2: Next Steps and Good Practice
12:30 Andrew Faulk, Secretary, Strathard Community Trust
12:50 Senior representative, local authority
13:10 Steve Malone, Principal Architect, Architecture & Design Scotland
13:30 Senior representative, think tank
14:25 Chair's Closing Remarks
14:30 Close of Event