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‘BIG LAUNCH’ TO PROVOKE COUNTY-WIDE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE FUTURE (01 February 2018)

   

Ambitious plans for the future of Gloucestershire will be unveiled at the launch of the Big Conversation on Thursday 1 February, 3pm to 6pm at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Hundreds of residents and organisations from across the County will be attending the Big Launch event which has been organised by the University of Gloucestershire on behalf of Leadership Gloucestershire, a partnership of the county’s leading public sector organisations.

The exhibition-style event will include stands hosted by a range of innovative and ambitious local businesses and organisations who are leading local industry and shaping the way that Gloucestershire residents will live, work and study in the future.

The event will include the announcement of eight potential ambitions for the future of the county and six major projects that could radically transform the county’s reputation on the national and international stage as well as delivering significant improvements in the quality of life for local people.

The Big Launch will also mark the opening of a six-month programme of public engagement activity to develop the vision and collect alternative ideas from residents and organisations.  

Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor of the University said:

“Gloucestershire is a fantastic place to live with bustling towns, a historic city, innovative businesses and beautiful countryside. But we face some major challenges over the next 30 years that will have a significant impact on all our lives if we don’t take action to address them.

400 people in the 18-30 age bracket are leaving the county every year to seek work elsewhere. Our working age population is only increasing by 1.4% a year but we’re expecting the number of people aged over 65 to increase by 66.8% by the year 2039.

We need to make sure that Gloucestershire offers a great quality of life for every generation, based upon shared values, and that means we need to explore some big ideas for how we could do things differently.”

Matthew Andrews, University Secretary & Registrar said:

“The Big Conversation is not going to be a typical public consultation. We want the conversation to evolve over time as new ideas emerge so we all come together as one community to agree on the best way forward for our county.

There will be many opportunities to engage: from simply responding to a tweet to adding your thoughts through a video or attending an action day.

It all boils down to three simple questions: What are the problems we need to address, what do we want Gloucestershire to be like in 2050, and how do we make the most of our assets to realise our ambitions?”

To find out more and book your place for the Big Launch on 1 February please visit Glos2050.com.