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Archive for February 2013

Local Government and Regeneration Committee Visit Glasgow

Feb. 22nd 2013

Margaret and her fellow committee members enjoy a brief moment of sunshine with representatives from the ‘Tea in the Pot’ project.

The Local Government and Regeneration Committee is continuing its inquiry into regeneration and on Monday Margaret and other committee members visited Glasgow to learn more about the power of communities to make change happen.

The committee visited the excellent ‘Tea in the Pot Project’ which is a drop-in service for women in Glasgow and also held a round table engagement session with community representatives to learn more about their practical experiences of regeneration policy.

The Local Government and Regeneration Committee launched its inquiry into regeneration in January with the remit of identifying and examining best practice and the limitations in relation to the delivery of regeneration in Scotland. The inquiry will examine practical issues – such as how communities can be supported in regeneration projects – as well as strategies and policies currently in place.

The Committee is currently seeking written evidence from interested parties on the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Strategy. The deadline for submissions is 6pm on Friday 15 March 2013. More details can be found at:

Best Bar None Scotland 3rd National Awards

Feb. 20th 2013

That the Parliament acknowledges that the Best Bar None Scotland 3rd National Awards will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh on 3 March 2013; notes that 32 finalists will compete for the following six awards – best pub, best bar, best nightclub, best specialist entertainment venue, best public health award and the best use of innovation award; understands that the Best Bar None accreditation scheme, which is supported by the Scottish Business Crime Centre (SBCC), was adopted in Scotland in 2005 to promote positive relationships between licensed traders and local partner agencies in order to create safer and more welcoming city and town centre environments; considers that the scheme focuses on safety and customer care and rewards safe and well-managed licensed venues by issuing a display plaque, which can be used to promote the venue; further understands that the scheme, which is sponsored by Diageo, Molson Coors and Heineken, is an integral part of the SBCC’s Safer Areas Initiative and currently operates in 15 different areas across Scotland, including Falkirk, where it operates as part of the Friendlier in Falkirk objective; further notes that, in April 2013, Best Bar None will expand to take in a number of new areas, including Lanarkshire, and that in this region, Airdrie and Coatbridge will provide an evaluation pilot area for best practice; wishes this year’s nominees all the best for the awards ceremony, and believes that the Best Bar None scheme is an excellent way to ensure that people can safely enjoy a night out in their town or city centre.

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