Date Published: 18 May 2021
Time is fast running out for people to get involved and have their say as part of the Future Rutland Conversation.
The Future Rutland Conversation was launched at the start of April and is a chance for families, businesses and visitors to Rutland to comment on a range of important issues, from the environment and transport to health and education. By gathering this feedback from people of all ages and backgrounds, the Council hopes to produce a new shared vision for the county, to help local organisations with planning and decision-making.
With just two weeks left to go before the first part of the Future Rutland Conversation draws to an end on 1 June, Rutland County Council is urging local people not to miss this opportunity to help shape the future of where they live.
“The past six weeks have seen a huge response from people who are extremely passionate about Rutland and want the very best for our county, and their families. We’ve received more than 3,000 responses across the various themed surveys that are running, as well as hearing directly from scores of residents who’ve joined live online discussion groups to talk to us in person. I can’t stress enough just how important Future Rutland is. This is an opportunity for you to tell us what matters most to you, so that we can develop a vision for the County that is truly representative of what local people want and need.Everything you tell us as part of Future Rutland will go into shaping a draft vision that will go back out to residents, businesses and other local organisations to make sure we’ve heard and understood what you’ve told us. This isn’t about the Council, it’s about Rutland as a whole, which is why I would urge everyone to take part. Don’t miss out.” Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council
Numerous short surveys have been launched since Future Rutland got underway in April. These are still available to complete online, giving people the chance to comment on:
- Living in Rutland
- Health and Wellbeing
- Learning, Skills and Employment
- Transport and Travel
- The Environment and Climate Change
There are also dedicated surveys for business owners, young people and visitors to the county. All of the surveys can be completed online at: www.rutland.gov.uk/futurerutland.
If you have a friend or relative without internet access, they can take part by calling: 01572 722 577.
A further survey about keeping the conversation going after 1 June will be launched next week.
For anyone who prefers to talk in person, there are a number of live discussion groups still to take place before 1 June. These groups are being hosted by Rutland County Council Leader Oliver Hemsley and Chief Executive Mark Andrews, together with independent facilitator Michael Maynard. Discussion groups taking place over the next two weeks include:
All feedback gathered as part of the Future Rutland Conversation will be reviewed and analysed throughout the month of June. The findings will then be used to develop a draft vision for the county. This draft vision is expected to be shared with residents and local organisations in the summer, to invite further comment and feedback. It is hoped this will then lead to the creation and adoption of a final vision in the autumn.
If you would like further information or have any questions about the Future Rutland Conversation, you can contact Rutland County Council:
Telephone: 01572 722 577.