Launching Building Back Better in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire County Council Press Release – 17 December 2021

A greener, healthier, more prosperous Gloucestershire is the focus of the county council’s new four year strategy – Building Back Better in Gloucestershire.

During the pandemic, communities across the county pulled together like never before. We saw innovation on an unprecedented scale as residents stepped up to face new challenges. We want to continue to work with our communities to build on their strengths and provide services and support that help them to flourish.

We want Gloucestershire to be a magnet for innovation and investment in a way that rivals the likes of Bristol, Cardiff and Swindon. We want to be a hub of skills, entrepreneurship, and business. To do this we must attract new talent and nurture the talent that we already have.

As we build out of the pandemic, we must do so with a greener, healthier economy. In order to create a Greener Gloucestershire, everyone must have the opportunity to make greener choices. It may be driving an electric vehicle that uses one of the 1000 EV charging points we are installing across the county, or cycling along our 26 mile cycle spine that stretches from Stroud to Bishop’s Cleeve.

Our recent shortlisting for the STEP Nuclear Fusion Reactor Bid demonstrates that Gloucestershire is ready to be at the forefront of opportunity and progress by attracting greener investments and creating greener jobs.

Council Leader, Mark Hawthorne said “We believe that every person in Gloucestershire should have a fair chance to succeed. To make this happen, we must level up the areas that still do not have equal access to opportunity. We are holding a pioneering ‘Build Back Better – Levelling Up Conference’ with representatives from the communities that want to level up. This is an opportunity for community led action to ensure that Gloucestershire is a place where everyone has the tools to thrive. We are also investing in the next generation with £150 million going towards new schools and supporting our market towns through £500,000 of funding for events in areas such as Coleford, Pittville and Stonehouse.

“We should all be proud of Gloucestershire today, but should be equally ambitious about what a greener, healthier, more prosperous Gloucestershire can achieve. After an unprecedented two years, it is time to start building back better.”

You can read and give your feedback on Building Back Better in Gloucestershire at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/building-back-better-in-gloucestershire

The new draft council strategy will be discussed by Cabinet when it meets on 22 December.