Local residents are being invited to give their view on Bath & North East Somerset Council’s ‘One Shared Vision’ to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and address the impact across the community.
B&NES Council has developed a series of “stories” around how people can work together to transform the regional economy and further benefit the environment.
The local authority says the stories describe a future where the workforce could be reskilled through digital technology and innovation and where living and working could become more localised, reducing the need to travel.
They have been developed through collaboration with local businesses, the public sector, the university and education sector as well as community, third sector organisations and other stakeholders, on behalf of the new Economic Recovery and Renewal Board (ERRB), chaired by the Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council.
B&NES Council has committed to providing the required leadership to enable the area to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2030.
The stories explore what this change may look like, and consider how new models of finance and investment might give local people and businesses a greater stake in creating the infrastructure that will be needed to reduce both carbon emissions and social divides.
Residents are being encouraged to participate in the development of the #OneSharedVision online until 18th December at: https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/help-us-create-one-shared-vision
Councillor Dine Romero, council Leader, said: “It is really important that we create, with you, a shared vision that everyone in the community can get behind to help us recover from the Covid crisis.
“We need a stronger, more diverse and greener economy and we need to work together in partnership to deliver it.
“#OneSharedVision is the result of the partnership work done so far to create options for how the future could look for Bath and North East Somerset.
“Now we’d like to give everyone to participate in the development of the plans by letting us know what you like about the stories and what you’d like to change or add.
“You can also rate and comment on what other people have said.”
After 18th December, B&NES Council will review the contributions made, including comments made through the One Shared Visions webpage, along with the stakeholder interviews, surveys and workshops.