Scotland is a nation of towns. Rural and urban towns; market and new towns; industrial and commuter towns; and thriving and struggling towns.
Although they are home to tens of thousands of businesses, employers and entrepreneurs, their economic and political importance has waned in the last decade or so – due almost entirely to the focus on cities as key drivers of economic growth. As a result, and despite a number of useful projects funded by the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan, many towns are in decline and require significant investment.
That is why we have published this collection of ideas on the future of towns in Scotland.