We have some amazing opportunities on the horizon like UK City of Culture 2021, European City of Sport 2019 and being a host city for the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and we have exciting plans to change the city centre – something which we know from our household survey matters to many of you.
Working with you and our partners, we need to make the most of these opportunities so they also help improve people’s lives, especially the most vulnerable.
Having the right building blocks in place to help our city grow and people do well is key to that.
So, we’re focusing on attracting businesses and jobs to the city so local people can take up new opportunities. This also means investing in our roads and transport connections so we make the most of our location at the heart of the country. And we want to make sure we are digitally connected.
We want to improve the quality of people’s lives in Coventry. This includes making sure every child has the opportunity to get the most from school – whatever their circumstances. This will open up new opportunities for our young children and also mean we have local people with the right skills to help us attract more investment and a greater range of businesses to the city.
We’ll also be focused on improving health and wellbeing and supporting people to live independent lives. But this won’t be without challenges.
Over the last 10 years our funding from government has been halved, meaning we have to change what we do and how we do it.
We know we can’t do this alone and we’re lucky to have strong partnerships with businesses, community organisations and local people that are already helping us to deliver services differently – like in our libraries and youth services.
As we go forward, we’ll be looking at new ways to help people to help themselves and others in the community - whether that’s doing more online or supporting others to be the best they can be and lead more independent lives.
I’m hugely proud of this city and its people and this plan sets out what we can achieve by working together.
Thank you all for your support in building a better future for Coventry.
Councillor George Duggins
Leader of Coventry City Council