Contact Officer: Sally Boxall
This report presents the outcome of the work on Horizon 2050.
The Leader introduced the report that presented the Committee with the outcome of the work carried out in regard to Horizon 2050. Officers also gave the Committee a brief presentation that included a summary of the research and engagement activities.
The Chair invited visiting speakers Paul Beevers and Mick Hook to address the Committee, their comments included:
Overall the vision was welcomed, however, there were some concerns such as:
Mr Beevers also made reference to a paper he had produced in regard to the Funding & Management of Borough Land for Biodiversity. The Committee agreed that this would be an important item for them to review and requested a report from officers.
The Committee discussed the vision and made the following comments:
Some members felt that the education mission statement did not go far enough to show the strength of feeling from residents, some residents had stated that they would prefer to have more local smaller schools that were a walkable distance from their houses than a smaller number of larger schools. It was acknowledged that this came with tensions as often teachers in larger schools were paid more and therefore the schools had better levels of staff retention.
The committee noted that residents had not strongly supported the idea of a higher education offer with the borough. It was also felt that a sixth form offer would damage the existing colleges (BCOT and QMC) which currently had good reputations.
Although overall there was a sense of satisfaction from residents, it was noted that residents tended to feel more pride within a borough when it was particularly known for something, such as the history of an area.
It was questioned whether the views of residents in rural wards differed from those in town centre wards, it was confirmed that although there were some differences, overall there were a lot of similarities across the borough.
As the borough continues to grow, the identity and separateness of rural areas should be protected from urban sprawl.
1) The Committee notes the report
2) The Committee requests that the Leader considers its views.