Gloucestershire County Council has published its Council Strategy 2019-2022 – Looking to the Future.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader, Gloucestershire County Council, explains:
It is important to be ambitious about what we want for the future of the county and clear about how we’re going to make it happen.
Looking to the Future sets out the council’s vision and level of ambition for the county over the coming years, and what it will do to support improved outcomes and quality of life for every community and business across Gloucestershire.
Looking to the Future sets out nine ambitions for the future of the county, adapted from those established through Vision 2050 to reflect the role the council plays:
- A Magnet county- A growing working age population, with more 18-40 year olds with high level qualifications choosing to live and work in the county
- An Innovative county- More businesses starting up, growing and investing in research and innovation
- A Skilled county – More people with high-level skills and jobs in skilled occupations
- A Prosperous county – Rising productivity and household incomes offering higher living standards
- An Inclusive county- The economic and social benefits of growth to be felt by all
- A Healthy county – People to have a good work/life balance and improved health and wellbeing
- A Connected county – Improved transport and internet connections so that people and businesses can connect with each other more easily
- A Sustainable county – More efficient use of resources and more use of sustainable energy
- A Resilient county – Active, resilient local communities that keep people safe, provide them with support and help them to make a positive contribution.
Under the following headings, a range of actions have been set out in Looking to the Future, that will help achieve these ambitions:
- Children’s wellbeing and safeguarding
- Education and Skills
- Health, Care and Prevention
- Communities and Localities
- Transport, Economy and Infrastructure
- Council Leadership
Being ambitious about what we want to achieve will help the county go from strength to strength in the years ahead. There are challenges we must overcome and opportunities we must make the most of but by being clear about what it is we want to achieve, we can be successful and ensure everyone in the county reaps the benefits of that success.
Taking the Vision 2050 ambitions, adapting them to reflect our role, adds further weight to an already shared picture for the future, which is important because only if partners and communities are pulling in the same direction will we truly be successful.
A series of public roadshows to discuss Looking to the Future have been organised during November, starting in Gloucester on 1 November and ending in Cheltenham on 30 November:
- 1 November 2018 13:45 – 16:45 The Cross, Gloucester
- 21 November 2018 12:00 – 15:00 Stroud Town Centre
- 22 November 2018 11:00 – 14:00 Tewkesbury Spring Gardens Car Park
- 23 November 2018 10:00 – 13:00 Cinderford Town Centre (The Triangle)
- 29 November 2018 10:00 – 13:00 Cirencester Market Place
- 30 November 2018 11:30 – 14:30 Cheltenham Town Centre (outside Marks & Spencer)
For more information and a copy of Looking to the Future visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/lookingtothefuture.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne
Leader, Gloucestershire County Council