Cumbria Vision calls for responses to 20-year action plan

Economic development agency, Cumbria Vision, has launched a consultation period on a series of action plans to deliver projects in key sectors of the county's economy.

Public and private sector organisations have until Friday 5 September to comment on the documents. The Strategy Action Plans are:

  • Energy and Environmental Technologies
  • Employment, Education and Skills
  • Tourism
  • Rural and Agriculture
  • Specialist Manufacturing
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Food and Drink
  • Housing
  • Digital, Cultural and Creative
  • Connectivity
  • Outdoor Sport, Recreation and Leisure

Simon Sjenitzer, strategy director at Cumbria Vision, said: "The Strategy Action Plans are hugely important because they provide a roadmap from aspiration to action. There is no bottomless pit of money we can spend to address years of decline, and we must therefore fully understand the priority actions required across Cumbria. Doing so in partnership and with the fullest possible inclusion means we can then get on with delivering."

Last month, Cumbria Vision's board of directors was bolstered with six new members, brought from tourism, property development, maritime, health, culture and finance sectors.

Cumbria Vision, Cumbria County Council and the North West Development Agency are currently discussing how to improve project delivery on the ground in Cumbria.

Of the various quangos in the area, at present only West Lakes Renaissance, the urban regeneration company for Furness and West Cumbria, is delivering live projects, and last year invested £29.2m across its patch. However, the team needs to be strengthened in Cumbria to deliver the Britain's Energy Coast masterplan, a £2bn package of regeneration projects that build on the area's globally important expertise and skills in nuclear to diversify into other areas of energy production.

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