Scotland's Towns Partnership was established late 2014 by the Scottish Government as the national agency offering funding, support, advice, evidence and guidance for our town centres following the National Review of Town Centres and the subsequent Town Centre Action Plan. Following two years of exciting projects, partnerships and research for towns, the Scottish Government has published the Two Years On report of the Town Centre Action Plan.
Scottish Government and COSLA jointly signed off the Town Centre Action Plan: Two Years On Report last month - a second snapshot of the progress being made towards delivering against the six themes set out in the Town Centre Action Plan and provides a panoramic view of the activities which are being undertaken, to put in place the necessary conditions to support local town centre action and delivery.
Access the Town Centre Action Plan: Two Years On report here
On the same day, at the meeting of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres, MSPs representing key political parties signed the Manifesto Statement for Towns developed by Scotland's Towns Partnership. The Manifesto Statement has been produced to ensure that all Parties can consider the economic, social and cultural importance of Scotland's Towns.
STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice said:
"Our towns are so important to everyday life that they transcend politics. The Scottish Government supported the National Review of Scotland's Towns in 2013 which led to a unique cross-Government Town Centre Action Plan being published. Last month we saw all the main Scottish Parties sign up to the towns manifesto at the cross party group on towns and town centres. A lot has happened in the two years that followed the publication of the Towns Centre Action Plan - catch the highlights here."
Margaret McCulloch MSP, Convenor of the CPG on Towns and Town Centres, Scottish Labour Party, Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights, Scottish National Party, John Scott MSP, Scottish Conservative Party, Alison Johnston MSP, Green Party and Willie Rennie MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrats came together to mark their commitment to Scotland's towns.
Read the Manifesto Statement here
View the CPG on Towns and Town Centres Storify Report here