Draft Future Rutland vision outlines next steps says county council leader
Way back in April 2021, I used this column to talk about the start of the Future Rutland Conversation, its aims and why it was important for you to get involved, writes Rutland County Council leader Oliver Hemsley (Con).
At the time, I described Future Rutland as a major undertaking to create a new shared vision for our county. Fast-forward some eight months and I’m delighted to say that a draft of the Future Rutland vision has now been published for all to see, having been shaped from the ground up by local people.
When the Future Rutland Conversation was first launched in April, it was a chance for families, businesses and visitors to Rutland to comment on a range of important issues. By gathering this feedback from people of all ages we wanted to come up with a common vision that contains a clear set of long-term goals for Rutland – goals that have been shaped by residents and which help organisations and communities with planning and decisions.
After hearing from more than 2,000 people between April and June, Future Rutland published a series of reports that summarised all of your comments, feedback and survey responses. People were then invited to review these findings and provide further feedback, even if they hadn’t taken part in the initial conversation.
Having asked people in Rutland what kind of county they want to live in and played this back to everyone for further discussion, all of this feedback has now been turned into the draft Future Rutland vision.
The vision describes the kind of place that people have said they want Rutland to be in years to come. By publishing a draft of this important document, we want adults, young people, businesses and visitors to provide further comment and feedback. We want to be sure that the Rutland of the future that’s described in the Vision is the kind of place you want to live. We’ll then review all of this feedback – as we have throughout Future Rutland – before using it to produce a final vision.
Rutland County Council started the Future Rutland Conversation to find out what really matters to local people.
However, the Future Rutland vision is our residents’ vision – it does not belong to any single group or organisation. Going forward, the aim is to make the vision central to every plan and big decision that’s made in Rutland.
The vision is not a plan full of details and solutions. It’s meant to act as a starting point whereby we identify the long-term goals that are most important to people who live and work in Rutland. We need to keep talking and working together to determine how we can achieve these goals over a period of many years.
As council leader, I recognise that Rutland County Council is uniquely placed to use the Future Rutland vision to inform its long-term plans and policies, while encouraging others to do the same. Once the vision has been finalised based on your feedback, the council will turn its attention to creating a new corporate plan that sets out what we, as an organisation, aim to achieve over a much shorter five-year period.
We must be clear that the council cannot achieve all the goals in the Future Rutland Vision alone. Other organisations and local communities also have a huge role to play. If we all work together Rutland will continue to be a great area to live, raise a family, work and visit. A county for everyone and a place to live life to the fullest.
To read and comment on the draft Future Rutland vision before November 28, please go to: www.rutland.gov.uk/futurerutland. If you would like to find out more and get involved but do not have access to the internet, call us on: 01572 722577.