Towards a New Vision for Derby City Centre - Ambition

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Overview

Our city centre, like many others, is facing unprecedented challenges. Long term issues such as an over-reliance on a declining retail market and limited city centre living and office markets have been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has led to a cycle of falling numbers of people on the streets, unoccupied premises, continuing problems with crime and anti-social behaviour, leading to a general feeling of decline.

Positive things are already happening which will boost the city centre, such as the exciting Becketwell project and the restoration of the Market Hall. However, these schemes alone are not sufficient to

Overview

Our city centre, like many others, is facing unprecedented challenges. Long term issues such as an over-reliance on a declining retail market and limited city centre living and office markets have been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has led to a cycle of falling numbers of people on the streets, unoccupied premises, continuing problems with crime and anti-social behaviour, leading to a general feeling of decline.

Positive things are already happening which will boost the city centre, such as the exciting Becketwell project and the restoration of the Market Hall. However, these schemes alone are not sufficient to ensure that the city centre is fit for the 21st century. Tinkering around the edges is no longer enough and we need to develop a clear, bold and importantly collective vision to tackle issues head on and to demonstrate that the city centre has a long term future. This will give confidence to local businesses, investors and external funders and will be part of an overall package of measures including short term interventions to address immediate challenges.

The vision needs to be different to previous plans and strategies that have been developed. The vision needs to provide an overarching framework and set the direction of travel, within which more detailed plans and strategies can be developed, both by the Council and partners.

Over the last twelve months we have been talking to stakeholders to understand the issues facing the city centre and to get to grips with some of the potential ideas, interventions and opportunities that could help to transform it.

We have now published a document called 'Ambition'. This document is an important step towards developing the vision and sets out what issues we think need to be addressed and identifies ideas and potential interventions for addressing these. The document asks a range of questions, based around a set of themes, to try and gauge the reaction to our ideas and assess whether we are thinking along the right lines. Importantly, we want to engage in a conversation to find out just how bold our long-term vision for the city centre should be.

Feedback on this document will be used to draw up the Vision document and we will ask for your opinions again, before finalising it in 2023.


How can you have your say?

  • Our feedback form is now closed but you can still take part in different activities on each theme such as quick polls / discussion forums / theme based maps, so it's worth having a look.

Alternatively, you can email comments to us using the contact details on this page.

We will be continuing to talk to stakeholders throughout the conversation period and beyond.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This feedback form is now closed. 

    Thank you to everyone that participated. We are now collating your responses and writing a report.

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