‘Tell us what you want Manchester to be like in 2025’ – that’s the message from Manchester city leaders as they prepare the vision which will guide the next decade…reports Asian Lite news.
The Manchester Strategy will be used to steer the city’s priorities in the policies it pursues and the investments it makes. It isn’t simply a strategy for the council – it’s a strategy for the direction of Manchester to firmly establish it as a ‘top flight’ world city where people and businesses thrive.
A draft strategy has been produced by Manchester Leaders’ Forum – a group of public, private and community sector leaders from across the city.
To read the draft strategy and take part in the consultation visit www.manchester.gov.uk/mcrstrategy
People can also share their views on what they would like Manchester to be like by 2025 on social media using the hashtag #mydreammcr.
The draft strategy sets out a vision under five key themes of what Manchester should be:
Thriving and sustainable
Established sectors such as financial and professional services and new ones such as creative and media, digital, life sciences and advanced manufacturing are driving a strong economy. But to continue to thrive we need to plan to support a growing city – whether that’s new business space or new housing.
Improved skills and qualifications will be the key to better jobs with better wages.
Progressive and equitable
Developing new ways of delivering public services to help people become more self-reliant – for example, for example better early years support so children can get the best start in life.
Liveable and Low carbon
To be truly liveable Manchester needs great sports and cultural facilities, parks, open spaces and waterways, good transport and other amenities. It also needs the right mix of housing, welcoming communities and a healthy environment. Work to reduce carbon emissions also needs to be scaled up, with more innovation and a low carbon economy developed.
Whether it’s getting ready for HS2 or supporting improved east-west connections across northern England, maximising the success of Manchester airport or making it easier to travel by foot, bike or public transport.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said:
“This strategy means nothing unless it reflects the aspirations of Manchester people. We need to hear from them to help shape it and ensure it speaks with an authentic Mancunian voice.”
The consultation on the draft Manchester Strategy is open until 30 October.