Town Centres and Local High Streets Learning Network
Launch Event: 12 February 2009
Stirling Management Centre
09.00 – 10.00 Registration (refreshments provided)
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome to the day
Alisdair McIntosh, Scottish Government, Deputy Director of
10.15 – 11.00 Keynote Speaker
Bill Boler, Business in the Community
Revitalising town centres and local high streets – lessons for Scotland
from the Harlem experience.
11.00 – 11.30 Round-table discussions (including refreshments)
A chance to debate issues and identify lessons and learning arising
from the keynote speaker address
11.30 – 11.50 Think Piece: Supporting People to Deliver Successful Town
Centres and Local High Streets
Pamela Reid, GEN
How have others gone about sharing knowledge and experience?
11.50 – 12.20 Round-table discussions
Debate the key issues arising from the previous presentation
12.20 – 12.45 Town Centres and Local High Streets Learning Network
Paul Ballantyne & Yvonne Gavan, Scottish Government, Scottish
Centre for Regeneration
Prioritising issues and developing ideas for continuing to work and
12.45 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 13.45 Summary of the morning session and next steps
Craig McLaren, Scottish Government, Head of Scottish Centre for
13.45 – 15.45 Workshop Sessions (including refreshments):
1. Distinctiveness – making this work for our towns – Willie Miller, WMUD
2. Rediscovering mixed use streets – Professor Peter Jones, UCL
3. Town Centre Regeneration – What does the private sector expect?
Richard Slipper, GVA Grimley
4. Business Improvement Districts – How can they contribute to Whole Town
Strategies? Ian Davison Porter, BIDS Scotland and Sam Crawford,
5. Single Outcome Agreements – Where and how do town centres fit? Ewan
Green, North Lanarkshire Council
6. A visit to the new Forthside Waterfront Development in Stirling - Andy
Kennedy, Stirling Council
7. Lessons from the Small Towns Task Group – Douglas Scott, Borders
8. How well are we doing? Using Town Centre Health Checks to support
performance management - Fionna Kell, DTZ
Workshop One: Distinctiveness – Making this work for our towns
Hosted By: Willie Miller – WMUD
What makes a town centre distinctive? Here Willie Miller, from Willie Miller Urban Design,
will provide an overview of his experiences in places such as Bolton and St Helier town
centres, where place sensitive planning and consultation were undertaken to ensure local
distinctiveness is retained. Hear about the lessons learned from this work and understand
how these lessons can be applied to your own areas of work.
Workshop Two: Rediscovering Mixed Use Streets
Hosted By: Professor Peter Jones, University College London
Professor Jones will provide an overview of the key lessons learned from his ‘Rediscovering
mixed-use streets’ study. The starting point for this study was a concern to better
understand the significance of mixed-use streets to people as spaces of connection through
which they travel, as places to shop, meet and persue other activities, and as spaces that
contribute to local identity. Learn about the conclusions and recommendations of the study.
Workshop Three: Town Centre Regeneration – What does the private sector expect?
Hosted By: Richard Slipper, GVA Grimley
The private sector has a key role to play in the regeneration of town centres and local high
streets but what does the private sector expect? And how can you engage with this sector
better and understand their needs? Richard Slipper, Director of Planning & Development
with GVA Grimley provides an insight.
Workshop Four: Business Improvement Districts – How can they contribute to Whole
Hosted By: Ian Davison-Porter, BIDS Scotland and Sam Crawford, Enterprising Bathgate
Scotland has a number of established Business Improvement Districts in operation but how
can they contribute to our wider whole town strategies? Hear first-hand experience from
Sam Crawford, a private business owner within the Enterprising Bathgate BID and gain an
overview of the role that a BID can play from Ian Davison-Porter, Project Director for BIDS
Workshop Five: Single Outcome Agreements – Where and how do town centres fit?
Hosted By: Ewan Green, North Lanarkshire Council
All Local Authorities in Scotland now have a Single Outcome Agreement (SOA) in place that
sets out the outcomes that each Local Authority is seeking to achieve with its community
planning partners. But do you really understand the process behind SOAs and what role do
our town centres play within them? Ewan Green provides an introduction to the SOA and an
overview of how town centres have been incorporated into North Lanarkshire’s (and other
Local Authority areas) SOA document.
Workshop Six: A visit to the new Forthside Waterfront Development in Stirling
Hosted By: Andy Kenney, Stirling Council and Chair of ATCM Scotland
Forthside is Stirling’s multi-million pound waterfront development. It will double the size of
the city centre by providing a multi-screen cinema, hotel and conference centre, offices and
residential developments. The 40-acre development to regenerate the banks of the River
Forth also includes a new city square, enhanced landscaping, riverbank walkway and a new
public transport route. Andy Kennedy will take delegates on a tour of this development and
provide an overview of the challenges they have faced and key lessons that can be learned.
Workshop Seven: Lessons from the Small Towns Task Group
Hosted By: Douglas Scott, Borders Council
In May 2005 the Scottish Borders, South of Scotland Alliance and CoSLA established the
Scottish Small Towns Task Group to prepare an evidence base to highlight the issues and
challenges facing Scotland’s small towns. Here, Douglas Scott from Borders Council, pulls
out the key lessons learned from the work of the Task Group.
Workshop Eight: How well are we doing? Using Town Centre Health Checks to
support performance management
Hosted By: Fionna Kell, DTZ
What range of data should we be collecting to better understand how our town centres are
performing? And what role do Health Checks play in supporting this process? Fionna Kell
from DTZ looks at the wider role of performance management in town centres and highlights
examples of good practice.
Please note that there will be no final plenary session, therefore when your afternoon
workshop has ended you are free to leave.
A bus has been arranged to transfer delegates from Stirling Management Centre back
to Stirling train station and is scheduled to depart the venue shortly after 15.45