- Nicole Rickard - Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils and NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG
This workshop is likely to be very different to anything that you've done before! Using a combination of guided visioning, group work and ‘brainwriting', delegates will develop a vision for the East Suffolk community of 2025, identify how this is different to East Suffolk in 2015 and think about how the ESP can help to bridge the gap.
Streets and Traffic: Fewer cars, electric cars, eco-friendly and self driving vehicles, shared spaces (roads and paths), pedestrianised areas, lots of bikes and more walking.
Transport: Small, integrated and demand responsive (driverless?) public transport (more and better), good links for people to work and social activities, connectivity to hubs, interconnectivity of cycle paths.
Housing: Starter homes, pre-fabricated and kit homes, lifetime homes, good quality housing with modern design, more choice and variety for everyone, integrated living and working spaces (with community centres).
Community hubs: Spaces and workshops for young and old, hubs and spaces for different needs where people can meet, work and play, Café culture, Men's Sheds in every community, different community services in one place, cultural hubs for arts, music and theatre.
Decision making: Use information to target people to be involved in decisions that affect them, mixed communities where young and old decide together, community forum to make decisions (no local government), simpler processes.
Health: Integrated one stop shop for health and wellbeing services under one roof and one budget - doctor, dentist, community health and social services, effective triage process, open for people to drop-in when needed, effective signposting to other services.
Business: Business hubs for clusters of small businesses, better variety of jobs - not just tourism, pro-active employers that look after health and wellbeing of staff, people able to work hours that fit with their lives, modern, busy, vibrant (virtual?) shops.
Learning: Innovative learning spaces - not usual desks/classrooms, inter-generational learning, smaller schools more connected to community and local businesses, virtual schools, more preventative work in schools - nurturing environments where all young people achieve their potential.
Environment: Safe, quiet, clean and green environment, outdoor 'breathing spaces' including safe, inclusive community gardens, wind turbines, less fossil fuels, eco-friendly buildings e.g. solar panels, passive houses, greater awareness of wildlife, landscape, bio-diversity, farming, livestock.
Culture: Young people integrated into wider community, safe, secure and happy people - no locked doors, people talk to each other, people look after their homes, gardens and shared spaces.
Activities: More volunteering and increased support for the VCS, working together on community projects, more use of open spaces, more play spaces for young and old.