A local perspective - Growth Forum helps connect business and wider local community
For the past 4 years I have been attending informal meetings of the Growth Forum which take place approximately every 3 months and involve members from the Lancaster City Council, Morecambe BID, Lancaster Vision and our Chamber.
The purpose of these meetings is for all sides involved to be informed about what the Council is working on and planning to do regarding important matters such as housing developments, Bailrigg Garden Village, the Transport Masterplan and Coastal Communities, to name but a few.
These meetings have been chaired in a most supportive way by Andrew Dobson, the Regeneration and Planning Chief Officer of Lancaster City Council. It so happened that the last meeting was Andrew’s final Growth Forum before his retirement. I have always enjoyed these meetings chaired by Andrew because they were informal yet always very informative.
That is probably the secret of the success of these meetings: in a friendly and relaxed environment we have been able to exchange information and discuss crucial issues in such a way that the Council could hear and understand what the business community wants and is concerned about, and that we, i.e. the Chamber, can see what the Council can achieve on our behalf.
Communication and cooperation...
The key words here are communication and cooperation between the Council and the many interests it represents and the Chamber voicing the interests of our business community.
Attending these meetings has shown me once again how vital it is to have civic minded individuals with clear visions for long term growth. Andrew has undoubtedly been one such individual committed to taking the whole Bay region forward.
I’m certainly looking forward to continuing the good cooperation between the Chamber and the Council in our next Growth Forum meeting, whilst wishing Andrew all the very best for his well-deserved retirement!
This article features in Chamber Chat with Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce
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Posted: 27th February 2018