Scotland’s first ever Cities Convention in Perth on 13 November has been designed to allow face to face conversations, bringing citizens and city leaders together at to talk about what’s happening in our cities and what needs to change to make them even better places to be.  You can follow our  progress on Twitter at #citiesconvention2015.

In 2011, the Scottish Government worked with Scotland’s city councils to publish its cities strategy, the  Agenda for Cities

It’s now time to refresh the strategy and that’s where you come in.  Cities matter.   86% of people in Scotland live within an hour’s drive of one of our cities and we are keen to hear the views of the people and communities of Scotland.  We are doing that through this digital dialogue, which will run until October 26th.

We want to hear about your experiences of living and working in Scotland’s cities.  What are the best things about Scotland’s cities? What one change would make the greatest difference? 

We want to gather stories too.  Have you a good example of work being done in Scotland’s cities to involve citizens?  We want to hear about your experiences of partnership working.  How have you been able to influence decisions about your city?  And we have a question for the innovators, the entrepreneurs and the creative thinkers: what’s your “good idea” to improve city life in Scotland?

This is a place for anyone to comment.  Individuals and organisations are welcome to contribute.  You don’t have to live in a city to comment, but we are especially keen to hear from those who live and work in Scotland’s cities (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling).  Remember to tell us where you live if that’s relevant to your comment.

Please note this is a place to give the Scottish Government general comments and ideas.  If you have a specific issue with, for example, a local service, you should raise it direct with the service provider.

Here are some examples of the kinds of ideas you might want to submit or discuss here:

  • What are the best things about Scotland’s cities?
  • What one change would make the greatest difference?
  • Share examples of what’s working well in your city and explain why.
  • Share examples of work being done  by your city council to listen to your views.  How successful has this been?
  • Share examples of where organisations and groups have worked together to achieve something good for your city. 
  • How have you been able to influence decisions about your city?
  • Have you a good idea about improving city life that you’d like to share?

We will use what you  tell us here, and on social media, to inform the refreshed Agenda for Cities.  The dialogue will end on Friday 27th November.

We reserve the right to remove posts which are abusive or defamatory.

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