People across the Black Country are getting involved and influencing their area for the future.
Since November 2006, communities and organisations have been telling the four Black Country Local Authorities (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton) about the issues that affect them in their local area. These issues, around jobs, homes, shopping, transport and the environment, will be addressed through a ‘Joint Core Strategy’ which will set out how the Black Country is going to grow and develop over the next 20 years.
Nicky and Chantelle, both students and community workers from Goscote, Walsall, have had their say on their area. They feel that the Joint Core Strategy should protect green areas, promote individuality in new buildings and work with local people to provide safer environments and good health, shopping and transport facilities for communities. They said that it is important to get involved in the Joint Core Strategy because it is thinking about the future – not just doing things right now.
Tim Sunter, chief executive of a public, private and community partnership working towards the regeneration of Brierley Hill, said:
"At Brierley Hill Regeneration Partnership we recognise how important it is to get involved now. It is crucial the strategy is ambitious, robust and visionary in driving forward the future of our area."
"It’s great to see the four Black Country councils working together to guide regeneration across the area. This is a real opportunity for developers, investors, businesses, public services and residents to have their say on moulding policies for the future.”
Details of the engagement events that have been held so far and some of the issues emerging from those events can be found on the menu on the left of this page. A summary of the responses received during the frontloading consultation is available to download below.