More than five stores closing in Scottish town centres every week as bars and takeaways grow, PwC survey finds

SCOTLAND’S ailing town centres are losing more than five shops a week as growth in cafes, fast-food outlets and bars fails to counterbalance the closure of chain stores. New figures published by consultants PwC show a total of 290 high street stores shut their doors in Scotland in 2017, a rate of 5.5 per week. The survey … Continue reading More than five stores closing in Scottish town centres every week as bars and takeaways grow, PwC survey finds

I Am One Of The Six Residents Of The Isle Of Ulva. Please Help Us Retain Control Of Our Home

Community ownership offers us a say in our future. And that is what makes it essential Since it was announced in October that residents of the Isle of Ulva, along with those on neighbouring Mull, would be given the opportunity to attempt a community buyout of the island, there has been a great deal of … Continue reading I Am One Of The Six Residents Of The Isle Of Ulva. Please Help Us Retain Control Of Our Home

High street take-over: Dumfries aims to be the first community to buy back its town centre

AA COMMUNITY arts and development organisation in Dumfries is making a bid to take back control of its neglected town centre and become the first in Scotland to buy back its high street. It hopes to transform the down-at-heel centre into a bustling hub full of urban homes, social enterprises and local small businesses. Proposals for the … Continue reading High street take-over: Dumfries aims to be the first community to buy back its town centre

South Uist community ownership will see nature reserve created

AN island nature reserve is to be created as crofting estate land is transferred into community ownership on South Uist. A total of 1100 hectare of land at Loch Druidibeg on the island will become a wildlife haven after the Scottish Government rubber-stamped the plan. Local group Storas Uibhist plans to create visitor facilities and improve access … Continue reading South Uist community ownership will see nature reserve created

Not ‘radical’, but not ‘kailyard’ either: The Paisley Community Development Project reconsidered

Abstract   Accounts of the Community Development Projects (CDPs) that ran as experimental interventions in twelve deprived UK localities in the 1970s concentrate on those projects identified as ‘radical’. Focusing on the often-neglected history of Paisley’s CDP, this article extends recent critical re-evaluations of how CDPs have been characterized. Ferguslie Park in Paisley was the … Continue reading Not ‘radical’, but not ‘kailyard’ either: The Paisley Community Development Project reconsidered

A city that turned its back on the sea…

The Edinburgh Shoreline project, part of Edinburgh Living Landscape, is a community based initiative to raise awareness of the rich history and biodiversity of the city’s coast and consider the environmental and economic pressures on it.  It involves artists, specialists and people living and working here creating responses to these pressures including demonstrating how the now necessary sea … Continue reading A city that turned its back on the sea…

Minister McHugh urges local communities to pitch for grant funding under €15M regeneration scheme for rural towns and villages

Donegal TD Joe McHugh has urged local community groups and businesses in towns and villages up and down the country to start making their pitch for regeneration grants under the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “There is €15 … Continue reading Minister McHugh urges local communities to pitch for grant funding under €15M regeneration scheme for rural towns and villages