Scotland’s Towns Conference 2023 Event Programme
09:00 – 09:45 OPTIONAL STUDY TOUR – Dundee Train Station to Apex Hotel
Reception Area | Quay-City Suite (G)
09:15– 10:15 REGISTRATION | EXHIBITION | COFFEE
10:20 – 10:25 WELCOME
Host: Rona Dougall, Broadcaster
10:25 – 10:35 SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ADDRESS: DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL
Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning, Scottish Government
10:35 – 10:55 DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL: DUNDEE AREA SPOTLIGHT
Councillor John Alexander, Leader, Dundee City Council & Blair Parkin, Chief Experience Development Officer, Eden Project
Eden Project Dundee will be a landmark development for the city, transforming the former gasworks on East Dock Street into a beacon for regeneration and green tourism. It will encourage visitors to think, feel and act differently by revealing how we can learn from and be inspired by nature.
10:55 – 11:15 COFFEE TO GO
11:20 – 12:30 WORLD CAFÉ STYLE CONVERSATIONS
A holistic approach to place should deliver on creating equality and opportunity for an economy that ensures our towns, neighbourhoods and communities are thriving, engaging and viable for all.
What can we do now, to ensure we all live well locally?
How do we encourage innovation, enterprise and new approaches to place?
How do we bring the green agenda to the local narrative to ensure we are meeting national climate objectives?
Facilitated by Rona Dougall
12:30– 13:45 EXHIBITION | LUNCH
13:50 – 13:55 WELCOME BACK – Rona Dougall
13:55 – 14:15 DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL – SCOTLAND-WIDE SPOTLIGHT
Rob Dickson, Director of Industry and Destination Development, Visit Scotland
14:25 -15:15 FRINGE EVENTS
Case studies and discussion. Select one to attend from the following four options:
1. TOWN CENTRE LIVING ( Art Gallery )
Investment in town centre housing and living well locally for all. Providing people of all ages and abilities, with the opportunity to meet the majority of their daily needs within their town centre. Examples will feature a range of users, repurposing vacant space, with a balance of housing, public services, social, cultural and green space.
Chair : Mhairi Donaghy, Associate Director – Place, Housing & Economic Investment, Scottish Futures Trust
Magda Swider, Regeneration Coordinator, & Josh Doyle, Placemaking Coordinator, West Dunbartonshire Council – ‘Developing Dunbarton’
Alastair Ranyard, Development Manager, Wheatley Homes East
2. ENTERPRISING COMMUNITIES ( City Quay Suite, Main Room )
Local people taking responsibility for economic, social and environmental action that will make a difference within their communities. Examples will demonstrate community ownership, development and use patterns in town centres that encourage local small business, community enterprises and entrepreneurship centred around local and circular economies.
Chair: Jamie Lawson, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Lead, Social Enterprise Scotland
Janet Miles, Managing Director – Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum
Paul McIlvenny, Chairperson & Co-Founder – Include Me 2 Club – ‘Include Me 2 Club: Where ideas happen!’
3. PLANET AND ENVIRONMENT ( Vancouver Room )
Establishing a joined up, collaborative, and participative approach to climate action within place. Examples will highlight a climate change response to place, focusing on green space and social settings, and sustainable supply chains, with a view to enhancing the resilience of town centres against climate change.
Chair: Cheryl Robb, Partnership Manager, Zero Waste Scotland
Kate Treharne, Community Allotments Officer, Campy Grower – ‘Community Growing in a Time of Crises: The Campy Growers’
Mo Khan, Owner & Founder, Lokali – ‘Localism and Purchasing Power: a tangible means to cut supply chains’
4. THRIVING PLACES – PLACE-BASED INVESTMENT ( Melbourne Room )
Place-based impact investing, bringing financial and social and/or environmental returns—to address the needs of marginalised communities. Creating vibrant, creative, enterprising and accessible places for all.
Chair: Alix Medlyn Davies, Manager, Place Team, Scottish Futures Trust
Carol Devine, Operations Manager, Rockfield Centre
Fraser Innes, Place and Partnerships Director, Hub North Scotland
Heather Claridge, Director of Design, Architecture and Design Scotland
15:25 – 15:45 DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL – INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
David Martin, Joint Managing Director, M Worldwide
15:45 – 15:55 Q & A
15:55 – 16:00 CLOSING REMARKS
16:00 – 16:05 RECEPTION WELCOME
Henry Jinman, Chief Executive Officer, Vicinity
16:05 -17:00- DRINKS RECEPTION (Lounge area)