Oxford City Council is seeking your views in order to create a vision for the future of the city called Oxford2050.
Government forecasts suggest Oxford’s population will be 180,000 by 2040 and so there could be 190,000 living in the city by the middle of the century. That’s 18 per cent above the city’s current population of 161,000 people – and the City Council wants to start thinking now about how the city will operate.
Oxford has changed considerably in the last 33 years. In 1984 buses could drive in both directions down Cornmarket Street, the Ice Rink was completed, and the Clarendon Centre was being constructed. A year earlier, the design for Gloucester Green was chosen (the work was carried out between 1987 and 1990).
Oxford could look very different 33 years in the future, driverless cars, robots in the home, 24-hour flexible working and augmented high streets could be the norm. The five week consultation which launches this week, asks for your thoughts across five key themes, one per week, that covers all aspects of life in the city.
You can respond to the consultation here www.oxford2050.com .
The themes are:
Week 1 – Oxford’s work and learning – your work, your business, the economy, education and the universities
Week 2 – Oxford’s people and community – you, your family and your community
Week 3 – Oxford’s built and natural environment – your home, your street, green spaces, buildings in the city and the climate
Week 4 – Oxford’s transport and connectivity – your travel in and around the city
Week 5 – Oxford’s culture and leisure – your enjoyment of the arts and leisure activities
The information you give will be used to set out the aspirations for the city over the next decade. For the City Council, the vision will underpin future policy documents – including future Corporate Plans, which set out the City Council’s strategy and investments, and future Local Plans, which set out where housing, economic and leisure developments will take place across Oxford.
The final Oxford2050 will be published in March 2018 as a living document on its own website. However the conversation will not stop, Oxford2050 will eventually become Oxford2060, rather than a single document that gathers dust.
While many other cities in the UK and internationally have created visions for 2050 and beyond, it is the first time Oxford has attempted to create such a long-term statement of intent. The City Council’s Corporate Plan currently covers four years, while its Local Plan covers 20 years.
We would value your thoughts and opinions. Please encourage others in the city to take part too.