Sustainable Community Strategy
All local authorities have a duty to work with partners to produce a Sustainable Community Strategy.
These strategies are all about improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area and the people who live there. In order to make a real difference, the strategy must focus on what’s really important to local communities.
It must help focus and shape the existing and future activity of all of the key public sector agencies, working in partnership together, and with local businesses and the voluntary and community sector in the area, to deliver sustainable communities.
‘Shared long-term vision…’
Our Sustainable Community Strategy is based on a shared long-term vision for Central Bedfordshire that has been developed by Central Bedfordshire Together, which is the name for Central Bedfordshire’s Local Strategic Partnership (LSP).
Senior representatives from Local Government, Police, Fire, Health, Education, Business, Town and Parish Councils and the voluntary and community sector collectively make up the Board of Central Bedfordshire Together.
Our ambition for the area is described in our vision statement:
‘Globally connected, delivering sustainable growth to ensure a green, prosperous and ambitious place for the benefit of all’.
Our Sustainable Community Strategy has two key themes that underpin and support all of our priorities:
- creating the conditions for economic success and community prosperity, and
- raising standards and tackling inequalities.
These will help us to deliver improvements to the people and places of Central Bedfordshire, and are the ‘golden threads’ that support our eight priorities, which are:
- Maximising employment opportunities and delivering housing growth to meet the needs of our communities
- Ensuring our local people have the skills to prosper
- Keeping our communities safe
- Nurturing a sense of pride and belonging
- Getting around and caring for a green and clean environment
- Promoting health and reducing health inequalities
- Educating, protecting and providing opportunities for children and young people
- Supporting and caring for an ageing population and those who are most vulnerable