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Connected Towns Part 1: The Physical Space: Attractive, Active, Accessible Places for All

Our session on 24 October will help you to join the dots where you are; helping connect people and place, through the creation of sustainable, multi-functional spaces; accessible to all.

Connected Towns – Part 2, The Digital Space’, follows on Wednesday 12 December.

October’s session brings you –

  • National context and case study presenters.
  • Practical town toolkit exercise.
  • Town surgeries – seek out solutions and ideas for your town.
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Free for STP Members | £60 + VAT Non-Members

Members of STP can reserve their tickets here.

Non members can join STP today to receive free attendance, or purchase their place here

For event enquiries, please contact


AGENDA *may be subject to change

13:30​    Coffee /Tea (top up as you need to!)


14:00    Welcome. Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Phil Prentice, Chief Executive, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (Event Chair)

14:05    Planning Places for the Future

Nick Wright – Nick Wright Planning

Nick is a chartered town planner, a qualified mediator and a trained facilitator, whose work, though mainly Scotland-based, extends globally.  Nick’s role is to make things happen: to bring people together, bring their ideas together, and translate aspirations into action.


14:15    The Town Centre Toolkit – Practical Exercise led by Nick Wright

The Town Centre Toolkit contains ideas and examples of how people and organisations can make their town centre more attractive, more active, and more accessible. It should be used as a source of inspiration rather than a set of recommendations.

Securing investment to improve town centres is difficult as public sector budgets are tighter than ever. Many of the ideas in the toolkit demonstrate how worthwhile improvements can be made through more effective use of existing assets and resources, and by better co-ordination and organisation, to make Scotland’s town centres better places.

The toolkit is divided into three themes: Attractive, Active and Accessible. This recognises that town centres must be all of these things to offer a positive choice to people. The most successful strategies will incorporate aspects of all of these themes.  The toolkit also includes a section called Making It Happen. This is in recognition that to enable real positive change, engaging local people is fundamental.

14:35    Parking: Whose Space is it anyway?

Ralston MacKenzie – Peter Brett Associates

The session will discuss parking legislation and roads as ‘right of passage’, the need for parking management     and intervention to dispel myths about parking. Ralston will include results from recent Parking Impact Assessments and case study examples of the benefit of Park and Rides and Modal Transfer.

14:50    Q & A

15:05    Coffee Top-Up


15:15    Quickfire Introduction from our Surgery Experts – go-to bodies on each of the key areas

15:25    Surgery Sessions. Experts move on to next group every 15 minutes.

  • Attractive: Keep Scotland Beautiful (invited)
  • Active: Sustrans Scotland (invited)
  • Active: Paths for All (invited)
  • Accessible: Euan’s Guide (invited)

16:30    Close