Scotland Democracy, devolution and governance

From Tübingen to Falkirk: Transforming our Towns


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Phil Prentice is the Chief Officer at Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Scotland’s largest towns’ collective.

Next week on Wednesday 18th November, Falkirk plays host to the most important date in the calendar for Scotland’s Towns. This year’s Annual Conference will focus on “Transforming Scotland’s Towns”. Over 200 leading towns practitioners from all sectors will gather to hear an exciting range of speakers, including Marco Biagi, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment, Ross Martin of SCDI and an international perspective from German urbanist, Cord Soelke. Get local and national perspective, find out what the ideal future town looks like – and, fresh from the fringe, hear from “Keep out the Kids”.

Scotland’s towns continue to define the character of much of the country, they also help to define their home city, shaping their regional hinterland with individual and collective character. In most cases they are so much more than the “dormitory” towns of popular parlance. The relationship between Scotland’s towns and our seven cities is a crucial part of our economy, let alone wider society, with each feeding off the other, their interdependence often missing from the public policy debate.

Find out more about what is being done to bring vibrancy back into our towns at Scotland’s Towns Conference 2015.