Within it she shares lessons learned from Pilots and Town Teams, showcases towns that have made a real change, and voices concerns about change-of-use; slow to act government; and whether the Town Centre First policy is being properly implemented. And she makes 38 recommendations about actions to take at local and national level to help towns to thrive.
It’s set to be a record year for Towns Alive’s popular Town Benchmarking service which gives towns a framework and methodology to collect, and analyse, data about their town centres at a minimal cost.
Public bodies in Scotland should “put the health of town centres first and consider what impact any investment decisions will have on them” by signing up to a new Town Centre First Principle, according to Scotland’s Local Government and Planning Minister, Derek Mackay.
A new toolkit will be launched to support practitioners and communities in Scotland’s towns later this year by a consortium including Towns Alive.
93% of MPs agree that “reform of business rates is an important area for the future success of the high street and town centres,” according to research published this week.
DCLG funding for communities undertaking Neighbourhood Plans is time-limited – so decide soon whether you should embark on your neighbourhood plan.
A new Commission has been launched to report in the economic and social future of non-metropolitan areas.