Chichester residents are being encouraged to shape the future of their city and comment on the draft Chichester Vision as part of a public consultation.
The Chichester Vision consultation 2017 aims to enhance the city and attract inward investment and stimulate economic growth.
The six-week consultation will run until 19 March and gives members of the public the opportunity to contribute their own ideas, comments and suggestions for how they would like to see the city evolve over the next 20 years.
Members of the public will also be able to find out more at a series of public exhibitions taking place on the following dates: Monday 13 February: City Council, 9am – 9pm; Wednesday 15 February: Westgate Leisure Centre, afternoon only; Thursday 16 February: Chichester College, 9am – 5pm; and Friday 17 February: University of Chichester, afternoon only.
Paper copies will also be available to read at the main Chichester District Council offices at East Pallant House, The Novium Museum, Chichester City Council and Chichester Library.
The draft Chichester Vision contains a wealth of ideas that have been put forward by groups and organisations across the city. The aim is to help Chichester capitalise on its heritage and culture while also adapting to better meet the needs of residents, workers, students and visitors.
“We want people of all ages to get involved and tell us what they think about the city,” says Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. “There are lots of good things but we are also aware that there are things which could be improved and we want to know whether the ideas that have been contributed so far are on the right track and whether there is anything that has been missed.
“This is a real opportunity for people in Chichester to shape the future of their city and help it grasp opportunities, adapt to meet challenges, and make the most of its heritage and culture. Chichester has a proud history which has been characterised by change. This is a chance for people to steer change over the next 20 years.
“The Vision is all about boosting the economy. Having a Vision will guide future economic and planning policy for the city. It will also guide how future budgets and resources are allocated, encourage inward investment and unlock other funding opportunities to ensure the economic vitality of Chichester.
“We’ve already received lots of interest from members of the public and we look forward to hearing even more feedback over the coming weeks.”
The Chichester Vision examines a wide range of issues including: reducing traffic; enabling people to get around the city more easily; making the most of the city’s cultural assets; enhancing the street scene; marketing and promoting the city; making the most of the 15,000 student population; shopping facilities; developing digital technology; and growing businesses in Chichester.
All comments, views and feedback will be considered and the final version of the Chichester Vision will then be formally adopted by Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council, Chichester City Council, Chichester BID (Business Improvement District) and partner organisations and businesses.