Planning for the future


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A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR COLCHESTER

The Lib Dem led Colchester Borough Council's Cabinet has agreed a new draft Strategic Plan.  This was shaped by a Borough-wide survey and focus group meetings.  Residents were asked what they thought the Council's priorities should be and what matters to them and their community.  They were positive about Colchester, proud of its history and see it as a good place to live and they understand the importance of growth for the town and the Borough. But residents want infrastructure to keep pace and for the Council to support the most vulnerable in society. Cllr Paul Smith, Leader of the Council, said: ‘All organisations need a clear direction and a focus for their most important priorities. Our Strategic Plan provides that direction and focus’.  That will mean the Council ensuring residents benefit from the growth of the Borough, that jobs and infrastructure keeps up with growth, as CBC promote and improve Colchester and its environment and support those who need most help.  The am to make the Borough an even better place to live.  The projects that will help deliver this vision include the Colchester Northern Gateway (CNG) scheme.  This will provide sports for all and entertainment facilities, as well as care facilities and affordable housing.   This has received a huge boost of £5.5m from the Government to fund a new 500m pedestrian boulevard, two access roads to the Axial way site and links to the main road network.  As Cllr Annie Feltham has said "This is an extremely exciting project that Colchester can be proud of and will bring numerous tangible benefits to the Borough including much-needed new housing and employment opportunities’


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