What will Calderdale be like in 2024?
That’s the question which the Council will ask when it launches its Vision for the borough at the annual State of Calderdale event at Calderdale College, on Friday 23 March 2018.
The Council’s Vision 2024 represents the long term aspirations of the borough, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in six years’ time. It has been shaped through conversations with local leaders, businesses, partners, community groups, children and young people, and residents from across Calderdale.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:
“Calderdale is a place of contrasts. Over the next six years we will face many tough decisions and challenges but the very nature of the place means we are well equipped to deal with them.
“The place is rich with potential, and the people who live here are buzzing with energy, pride and determination to make their neighbourhoods and communities better places. We have seen the impact of the Piece Hall on the borough, a multiple award-winning visitor destination of international status, and we have seen national media pick up the creative energy and ambition in our towns and villages.
“We’ve heard from a wide range of people from across Calderdale, from our local leaders but also from previously unheard voices, giving us a fresh insight and helping us to shape our future.”
The conversations revealed three characteristics which describe Calderdale and its people, and these have been developed as key themes within the Vision:
Talented and enterprising: Calderdale has many highly skilled people and a thriving entrepreneurial spirit and these qualities will help shape the future of the borough.
Kind and resilient: people here work together well, looking out for each other and carrying out every day acts of kindness.
Distinctive: located between but not overshadowed by Leeds and Manchester, Calderdale has an amazing landscape, heritage and thriving business and voluntary community.
Contributors to the Vision have been invited to the event to see the launch. They will then be offered the opportunity to share their own concerns and ambitions for Calderdale in 2024, which will help the Council to develop the next steps for the Vision.
To see Vision 2024 visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/council/vision-2024 and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #VisionCdale2024.