Oxford, as with many parts of the county, is faced with a wide range of challenges that constrain our ability to provide a world class environment for our people. In June, three strategic organisations joined together for the Oxford Sustainable Future Symposium, which explored a route to addressing many of these issues.
The Symposium was attended by 85 people, representing all six local councils, the boards of the Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) and the Oxford Strategic Partnership (OSP), both universities (Oxford and Oxford Brookes), local colleges and a wide range of businesses, as well as various community interest groups.
The event set out to gain a deeper, shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face our community; to establish a collective will to find and deliver realistic solutions; and to reach some agreement on how we can best work together to create a sustainable future in a timely and resourceful way.
Speaker at the event, Lord Drayson, challenged stakeholders to focus on creating a single voice to which Government can respond more effectively with appropriate levels of support and investment. Copies are available of both the Symposium Report and an Executive Summary of the event are available on the website of the Oxford Strategic Partnership.
As part of the follow-up, refresh of the Strategic Economic Plan is being led by OxLEP, with consultation during the autumn and new year, culminating in a series of ‘check and challenge’ sessions, one of which will be hosted at the OSP annual Open Event in February. To register your interest in attending, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: South Park, Oxford, Ed Webster. Creative Commons 2.0; Original image cropped.