Council plans commission to deliver vision for Gloucester
By Rob Freeman | 11th June 2020
Gloucester City Council is looking to introduce a new body which will deliver a business plan for the next decade.
The plan for the City Centre Commission, which will replace the Regeneration Advisory Board, will be put before the council's cabinet next week.
Chaired by the Dean of Gloucester, the Very Reverend Stephen Lake, the commission would consist of people and organisations to lead the innovation to revitalise the city.
The aim of the 10-year vision will be to create a city where innovation and heritage go hand in hand for everyone to access and enjoy.
Council leader Councillor Richard Cook said: "It's clear that the RAB has successfully run its course in helping us plan and deliver regeneration in the city over a number of years.
"The role of city centres is rapidly changing, especially so during the COVID-19 crisis, and we have to adapt to ensure Gloucester offers the very best possible experience, one that is inclusive and welcoming."
He continued: "Gloucester has a rich heritage and diverse culture that we can build in to an offer that will bring communities together to take part in activities and events both day and night.
"It's now the right time to rethink how we progress in a way that is best for Gloucester and the Commission will have a significant role in making this a reality."
The proposal includes a £10,000 annual budget for the commission with an annual progress report.
The existing Regeneration Advisory Board was created in 2013 to advise the council on the city's development and contribute to its evolution.
Last month Councillor Dawn Melvin was appointed cabinet member for economic recovery.
Her portfolio includes economic development, city centre management, licensing and environmental health, night-time economy, markets and street trading. liaising with business support organisations such as GFirst LEP and the Federation of Small Businesses.
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