Big Conversation begins on Gloucestershire’s 2050 vision

Gloucestershire 2050

A super city, enhanced regional parks, and a new bridge connecting communities across the Severn were just some of the big ideas revealed at the launch of a county-wide exercise to create Gloucestershire’s 2050 vision.

Hundreds of people from across Gloucestershire gathered at Cheltenham Racecourse to kick off the Big Conversation, seeking to engage everyone in the community in creating a shared vision for the county’s long term future.

The highlight of the event was the unveiling of eight ambitions and six big ideas that could transform the county, creating new opportunities and improving the quality of life for all.

The proposed ambitions include growing the working age population, by keeping and attracting more 18-40 year olds with high level qualifications. Encouraging more business innovation and start-ups. It also includes improving transport and internet connections and encouraging more efficient use of resources and more use of sustainable energy.

Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, said: “We are trying to look well beyond today’s concerns, to imagine what life could be like in 30 years’ time. That will help us all work out what we need to put in train now in order to achieve a great quality of life for future generations.

“We hope everyone will pitch in with their ideas, hopes and suggestions. This Autumn, we will then draw all the responses back together in a report on what we have learned about our shared ambitions and priorities for Gloucestershire.”

Suggestions also include the creation of a ‘super city’ bringing Gloucester and Cheltenham closer together, a new River Severn bridge from Lydney to Sharpness, a new Cotswold Airport to open the region to international visitors and the already-announced development of the National Cyber Security Park.