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29/09/2016

Consultation launched for Edinburgh city vision

Words: Laura Edgar
Edinburgh

Residents, businesses, partners and stakeholders in Edinburgh are being asked to share their vision for the future of the Scottish capital.

The '2050 Edinburgh City Vision' will aim to encompass the diverse needs of the city, ensuring it continues to “thrive as a great place to live, work and visit over the next 30 years”.

A city-wide engagement campaign will run until December, with all interested parties invited to share their thoughts on the future for Edinburgh and unlock creative potential for collaboration across all sectors.

From the responses, a draft document will be produced, before being refined, agreed and published next year.

The City of Edinburgh Council’s chief executive, Andrew Kerr, launched the campaign today.

He said: “As Scotland's capital city, we have much to be proud of and positive about but we need to start thinking seriously about what we want Edinburgh to look like in 10, 20, even 30 years’ time.

“A City Vision for Edinburgh – based on the true aspirations of people of all ages who live, work and study in the capital - will provide all of us with a clear, long-term plan to guide strategy and investment for years to come.”

Kerr said the vision will not be a council vision. They are starting with a “blank canvas”.

“Our role will be to facilitate and support citywide collaboration and debate. I want to ensure we take new approaches and make new partnerships now to ensure Edinburgh addresses the challenges of the future, remains the envy of the world and offers a great quality of life in decades to come.”

Anyone who lives, works or studies in the city can respond by answering three questions:

  • What is great about Edinburgh?

  • What could be better?

  • What would you like Edinburgh to be like in 2050?

More information about the vision and how to submit responses can be found here.

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