We want the long term vision for the city to be driven by Glasgow citizens and stakeholders. Through direct consultation with communities, and working in partnership with business and other key stakeholders, the aim is to make sure that Glasgow moves toward a prosperous and sustainable future with strong civic direction that gives clarity of purpose, strategic priorities, and leadership. This project complements other ongoing initiatives all of which aim to see the city continue to thrive and develop in a way that delivers the best possible outcomes for everyone who invests, works, lives, studies and plays in the city. This collaborative effort will take Glasgow forward as a world-class city. A series of events and discussions over the past year have informed the draft Future Glasgow report which launched for public consultation on Monday 16 January 2012, concluding Friday 10 February 2012. The intention is to develop a strong identity and clear vision for the future that brings a competitive edge in pursuing investment and growth.
WHY DO A CITY VISION?
The city has made some significant advances in the last two decades, moving from a post-industrial economy to one predominantly focused on services including financial and business services, retail, tourism, and the creative industries – all of which have reversed the trend in declining employment and put the city on the global map for all these sectors and more. Glasgow’s transformation has seen it build on its strengths while finding new specialisms and advantages to capitalise upon.
In an increasingly competitive global environment there is particular need for cities to have a long term vision and plans to achieve that vision if they are to prosper. The scope of this exercise will explore how Glasgow redefines its priorities. Most recently these have been driven by the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Now is a good time to review the city’s priorities and to consider aspirations for the future.
A strong and clear vision for Glasgow will help us achieve our objectives in the growth of the city. The Future Glasgow visioning exercise will not duplicate the work of other strategic groups or seek to replace existing strategies. It will provide an overarching, longer term framework for strategic development and the priorities for the city and will be driven by the citizens and stakeholders of Glasgow. Its ultimate aim is to consolidate:
(a) A unified, integrated vision for Glasgow that drives forward the city’s international identity with a clear direction of travel and clarity over strategic priorities.
(b) Strong civic direction that gives a clarity of purpose and leadership and assists in renewing confidence.
(c) Public, private, voluntary and community sector support to unite the ambitions of the city’s stakeholders behind an agreed vision.
WHAT WILL BE IN THE VISION?
Future Glasgow aims to set the course for the development of Glasgow for the next fifty years through partnership working and extensive public consultation. The content of the vision will be based on the aspirations of the people of Glasgow, young and old. Between April and June 2011 we engaged with a wide range of people across the city to find out what they want their Future Glasgow to be like in 2061. These aspirations formed the building blocks of the draft city vision which was out for public consultation between 16 January and 10 February 2012.
Future Glasgow is being taken forward through two different routes.
The first was a wide-ranging public engagement programme which took place between April and June 2011 with help from community groups, schools, housing organisations, public agencies, voluntary bodies, public and private sector employees, and many others. Approximately 2,700 people took part in a variety of ways including public engagement events, postcards, and online processes. Every response was carefully read and analysed to help shape the draft City Vision which was published for public consultation in early 2012. Now that the consultation period has concluded, the team are working on the final document taking account of all comments received.
The second involved thinking and inquiry around a series of topics that will figure prominently in the future of Glasgow. This work was focused on 10 workshops, each inquiring into a series of questions on the issue under review, looking at trends and other factors that may influence the city’s competitiveness and/or liveability in the coming years, for instance: climate change; the increasing cost of oil; or the natural decline in population numbers. Experts on a range of key issues were invited to participate in the workshops and the subsequent development of the city vision. Workshop members were selected for their experience, knowledge and understanding of the particular topic and will play an important role in the project process. These workshops were chaired by prominent, senior leaders from business, academia and the public sector, and took place over June and July 2011. Click here to view the topic workshops.
Approximately 2,700 people have taken part in a variety of ways including public engagement events, postcards, and online processes. Every response was read and analysed to help shape the draft City Vision before issuing for public consultation.