Introduction from the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Ben Bradley MP
I’m delighted to share our 10-year vision for Nottinghamshire and The Nottinghamshire Plan: a summary of what we will do over the next four years to bring that vision to life.
The Plan has your needs and aspirations at heart. A lot has changed over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, so we launched the Big Notts Survey to find out what really matters to you. You’ve been really honest with us, and I’m determined to deliver the healthy, prosperous and greener future all our communities deserve.
Nottinghamshire has so much to be proud of: a unique history and heritage, hard-working communities, world-class leisure and sport, and a thriving economy, with some of the fastest-growing companies in the Midlands. But, our County also faces challenges, and we know that — for various reasons — not everyone has access to the best that Nottinghamshire has to offer. By investing in the communities that need it the most, we're aiming to improve people's health and social mobility, and enable more residents to access the things that matter to them.
There are both opportunities and difficult decisions ahead. We’ve got ambitious plans to secure greater investment in Nottinghamshire through a devolution deal and major infrastructure projects like HS2 and the East Midlands Freeport. We’ve also committed to making all Council activity net carbon neutral by 2030 and to improving our roads and pavements. But we still face financial pressures and, while we work out the best way to use our resources, we’ll keep on listening to help us make the right choices. We have a strong track record as a forward-looking and resilient Council, and we want to continue on that journey as we take forward our learning from the pandemic, work in new ways, and continue to improve our services.
We can’t deliver such a bold and ambitious vision alone, and we’re proud to be partnering with communities and organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors as we put our plan into action. We’ve already made some great steps together, supporting each other and protecting vulnerable communities during the pandemic. Now, we're looking forward to working together into the future, and with your help, we can make Nottinghamshire the best place it can be – for all of us.
Councillor Ben Bradley MP
Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council