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Have your say on the future of our region

A new consultation offers a major opportunity to influence the development of plans and priorities for our region, and to ensure that environmental sustainability is at its heart. The regional body headed by metro mayor Tim Bowles has published a discussion paper on a new strategy, and we encourage our members to take part in the consultation which runs until 27 September.

The discussion paper has been put together by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), our region’s Local Enterprise Partnership, which works to support business and jobs growth, and the ‘Joint Committee’, which brings the 3 WECA authorities – Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire – together with North Somerset, which is part of the LEP but not the combined authority.

The paper “sets out high-level plans for delivering economic growth for all under three pillars”: businesses that succeed; world class skills for employment; and infrastructure fit for the future. The consultation says the aim is “a strategy that will be owned by everyone, allowing us to present a joined-up voice to government and promote the region nationally and internationally.”

Responses to the consultation via an online survey will inform a final strategy to be published in the autumn, which will be used to develop more detailed regional priorities and plans. This therefore offers a unique opportunity to influence the development of this key strategy, and ensure that environmental sustainability is central to the region’s plans.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership welcomes this opportunity for our member organisations to contribute to this new strategy that will help shape the region’s future. Our region has the potential to be a world-leader in environmental sustainability, and so take advantage of all the opportunities offered by the necessary transition to low carbon. Realising this means integrating the ambition of an environmentally sustainable West of England into the region’s vision, investment prioritisation and decision-making.

The Partnership’s membership of around 800 organisations come from all sectors, offering a wealth of knowledge and expertise that can help chart our way to a low carbon future and implement the measures needed, for example in sustainable transport and housing. We urge Partnership member organisations and other interested parties to take part in this consultation at this pivotal moment - it's vital that as many voices are heard as possible.

Have your say: and help ensure environmental sustainability is at the heart of the final strategy, an important means to achieve our shared vision of a sustainable Bristol with a high quality of life for all.

We are keen to hear what our members think about the paper, so please do respond to the consultation and let us know your views by emailing contact@bristolgreencapital.org.

 

More information on the consultation at www.westofengland-ca.org.uk
Read our pre metro mayor election blog on the importance of the region for Bristol’s sustainability
Read the Metro Mayor’s statements on sustainability prior to our election hustings event
Read the pre-election University of Bristol briefing: What can we expect from a metro mayor?

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