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Gloucestershire: Looking to the Future


Gloucestershire County Council is ambitious about what it wants for the future of the county and how its 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.

Adapted from those established through Vision 2050 to reflect the role the council plays, Looking to the Future sets out nine ambitions for the future of the county:

  • 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
  • Highways
  • Council Leadership

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council said: “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.

“Aligning our ambitions to those of Vision 2050 means we are adding further weight to an already shared picture for the future. That’s important because only if partners and communities are all pulling in the same direction will we truly be successful.

“Over the coming months, I look forward to hearing what people think about Looking to the Future and what part they might be able to play.”

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
  • 13 November 2018 9:00 - 15:00 Morton in Marsh retail market
  • 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)

Find out more and read Looking to the Future

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