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Government consultation - Scotland's Town Centres and Local High Streets

The consultation session was held on Monday 6th October and was conducted by a Ross Martin - Director of Policy at the Centre for Scottish Public Policy on behalf of the Scottish Government.
I can provide further details of the object and areas of interest for any one who may be interested.

As well as myself others present were from Selkirk CCs and Kelso with Selkirk CC having 6 people in attendance. Also SBC was represented by Julie Hogg, Clare Malster and another person from the Chief Executive's office. However apart from Kelso and Selkirk this was yet another example of poor attendance from the Borders community for what ever reason !

In summary the purpose was to collect views from all key groups about the business of town centres and local high streets for the government to ascertain any potential policy changes needed to generate sustainable economic growth in towns and high streets.

We were asked a whole range of questions ranging from CC empowerment and responsibilities, representation of local peoples views, Local Councillors, community awareness, regeneration process and priorities, local shops and businesses, transport, master planning , derelict buildings, developers contributions, funding sources, Community Trusts, Village sense of identity.

A very lively and open discussion took place with no punches pulled !!

It is hoped that the comments made will play some part in future government policy but for starters we were advise that the info. will form a basis for a conference " Vital & Vibrant Town Centres : the Challenges for Our Town Centres and High Streets " to be held 19th Nov in Stirling University with John Swinney as the keynote speaker.

Roger French
Village Community Council

Government consultation - Scotland's Town Centres and Local High Streets, Scotland