Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vision 2030 conference to discuss future

A major conference is being held to discuss what people want to see in Blackburn with Darwen over the next 20 years.

Council bosses and partners say the long-term "Vision 2030" is essential to help them shape the borough's future.

Over the last nine months hundreds of local people have been part of the research and consultation that has gone into Vision 2030.

Local people involved have been invited to take part in the important conference to give them another opportunity to have a hand in the final Vision.

The Vision has four key themes which will provide a focus to help identify priorities over the next 20 years, including: prosperous towns; safe, healthy towns; clean towns and connecting communities.

The conference, at King Georges Hall, Blackburn, will be held on Friday, February 12, and opened by the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Cllr James Hirst.

It will feature:

* An introduction to Vision 2030 from chair of Blackburn with Darwen Strategic Partnership Mike Murray
* A keynote speech from the Rt. Hon. Jack Straw M.P. on the future national and international challenges for
Blackburn with Darwen
* Presentation of key findings from consultation on Vision 2030 and the draft Vision
* A chance to record comments on the draft Vision in workshop sessions

Mike Murray, chair of Blackburn with Darwen Strategic Partnership, said: "The conference is a way of making sure voices are heard to shape the future of our borough.

"Vision 2030 is an exciting and ambitious project that has sought to engage with the public in different ways.

"We have already had some interesting debates and want to encourage more feedback at the conference to help influence the final Vision document."

For more information on Vision 2030 or to get involved in the online debates go to:

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