North Lanarkshire has eight established town centres, each with its own distinctive features and identities.
Our area has historic towns like Airdrie and Kilsyth as well as new town Cumbernauld. Bellshill, Coatbridge, Motherwell and Wishaw each have their own mix of existing cultural, leisure and retail offering.
Shotts is the smallest of our town centres but as with our larger towns, it too has an important role in both creating a sense of community and in supporting the local economy.
The old model for town centres is not sustainable. Out-of-town and online retail has changed how towns work. So how do they survive, and what can we do to re-imagine our towns?