This week I enjoyed a tour of Charnwood with key business leaders and influencers from around the region.
Under the banner of Charnwood 2020 – An Insight Into The Future, the event was a chance to showcase areas in the borough where businesses can flourish in the years ahead.
We covered several key sites, from Watermead Business Park and crosslink646leicester to Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park and the Charnwood Campus. We also called in at town centres in Loughborough and Shepshed.
Charnwood has a wealth of opportunities and events like this not only highlight them, but also bring together people who can drive forward proposals and get things done.
Charnwood 2020 was organised by the Council’s regeneration and economic development team under their inCharnwood brand. Well done to all involved. It was certainly an insight into an exciting future.
Also looking to the future is the Loughborough Town Deal Board. The first meeting took place recently and I am delighted to co-chair the board with Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, chief executive of Morningside Pharmaceuticals.
We have brought together key people from organisations in the town as we start work on a town investment plan to secure up to £25 million from the Government’s Town Deal scheme.
We must move quickly and already we are appealing for ideas and views from our most important stakeholder – the public. Loughborough Town Deal is very much a partnership with the community so I would encourage people to have a say.
You can find out more by visiting www.charnwood.gov.uk/towndeal where there’s a link to the survey.
Your participation will improve our chances of securing every single penny of the £25 million on offer and take advantage of what can only be described as a once in a generation opportunity to redefine Loughborough.
And finally, you may have seen some press coverage about district councils in Leicestershire writing to Government to welcome a discussion about devolution.
All seven district councils signed the letter to the Secretary of State, and have been consistent in their approach, and wish, to talk with others about how we can get a better deal for residents and businesses across the county.
We have seen in recent years that other areas of the country, such as the West Midlands, have benefitted from devolved powers and they could help us do some levelling up for the East Midlands.
We are expecting the government to reveal further details on devolution later this year and it is important all tiers of local government in Leicestershire are involved in discussions from the very beginning.