Public Consultation Helps Define CBC's Economic Strategy

  • Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Committee has unanimously agreed to recommend the draft economic strategy to the full council for adoption and to underpin it with an annual intervention plan and progress report.

Executive Member for Planning and Regeneration, Cllr Kevin Collins, said, “Our economic strategy is designed to frame the delivery of our long-term economic aspirations.

“The overarching principle is to build local prosperity, via a people-centred approach to economic growth, directing wealth and prosperity back to local business and communities.

“It is underpinned by six interlinked economic themes. These are skills for the future, supporting businesses, creating sustainable places for the future, maximising opportunities with neighbours and embedding the council in the local economy. The economic strategy will replace the previous 2011 economic development plan.”

According to the Council, a public consultation exercise was carried out and more than 600 responses were received, of those 579 were from residents. This identified the importance of diverse and flourishing local businesses, support for business survival, enabling remote working, providing modern workspaces and helping residents develop skills for the future.

The Council say that those taking part in the public consultation also placed a high priority on employment opportunities for local people, having an inclusive education system, lifelong learning and digital skills provision and developing links between businesses and schools.