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Foundation laid for 2040 city vision

Published on Thursday, 22nd November 2018

A cutting edge and inclusive city, a shining example that leads change and not follows it – just some of the aspirations for the future of Norwich set out today.

The foundation was laid for shared ambitions for the future of the city as the document: Norwich 2040 City Vision was published.

Around 160 representatives from businesses, organisations and community representatives attending a conference got a first look at the document as they were taken through five themes, presented as aims for the city to unite in achieving.

The themes: creative, liveable, fair, connected and dynamic, have been developed since a conversation started a year ago to find out what people valued about the city, what they saw as the future challenges and the sort of city they wanted Norwich to be in 2040.

Delegates heard from speakers from the city and county councils, St Martins, Norwich Business Improvement District, CreateNorwich, as well as co-chairs Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council and Jasmine Mickleburgh, chair of Norwich Youth Advisory Board. They were taken through examples of work that is already underway – and called on to join together and take action – to make the city we want it to be in 2040.

Jasmine Mickleburgh said:

“What young people want is to be involved, it is our future as well as yours, and we hope we can make a difference in achieving that.”

Councillor Alan Waters said:

“This isn’t about fixing our city, Norwich is a fantastic place, but it’s about making sure it’s fantastic for everyone. It’s about leading, and not following, change.

Whatever happens in the future of Norwich – some of which we can predict and some we can’t – one thing we know, is that we’re in a very strong place to plan a strong future.

Collaboration is key, and we’re working with an ambitious and committed group of partners.”

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