Shropshire Council is urging residents and businesses in the county to have their say on ambitious plans and priorities to shape the cultural landscape for the next 10 years.
“Vibrant Shropshire” aims to create a place where extraordinary and everyday cultural experiences are a source of inspiration for all. The importance of culture to quality of life, health and wellbeing and the economy is reflected in happier and healthier communities and cultural venues and activities lead the way for climate and environmental change mitigation.
The Cultural Strategy is currently out for consultation, giving you the chance to have your say. The consultation will run until Tuesday 5 January 2021.
The strategy has been developed in partnership with key stakeholders, including the Cultural Strategy Working Group, the Arts Council and the local cultural sector, making it a vision the county can own together.
It follows one to one consultation with sector leaders and three workshops with individuals representing the wider cultural sector, which were held in Craven Arms, Shrewsbury and Wem prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
Once published, an Implementation Plan will be created, setting out the actions across a range of partners for the next three years. This will be monitored annually, and a report will be published, setting out the progress against the priorities listed in this document.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said: “The new cultural strategy for Shropshire is a huge step in further recognising the importance of culture to our health and wellbeing as well as the local economy. I would encourage as many people as possible to have their say. This year has really brought home to many just how important culture is. We have missed our museums, cinemas and theatres and discovered our beautiful country parks and green spaces all over again. The importance of books, television, film and art has also been front and centre and supported many of during an incredibly difficult year, so I would urge everybody to have a think, take part in the consultation and help us shape the future of Shropshire’s cultural sector.”
The importance of culture to our physical and mental health has been highlighted by the current pandemic. This strategy aims to give the guidance needed to create a place where extraordinary and everyday cultural experiences are a source of inspiration for all.
The new strategy emphasises the importance of culture to the quality of life, health and wellbeing and the economy, and the role it plays in developing happier and healthier people and communities.
You can take part in the consultation by visiting our Get Involved pages
Community and Rural Strategy
Shropshire Council is encouraging those who haven’t already to have their say on a draft Community and Rural Strategy designed to reflect the rural nature of our county, and to set out shared priorities for the future.
The deadline for feedback is Sunday 6 December 2020.
In the summer of 2019 Shropshire Council started work with a range of partner organisations to develop an evidence base and identify shared priorities. Workshops were held with town councils, parish councils, councillors, voluntary and community sector groups and organisations and Shropshire Business Board to consider the issues most important to our local communities. The data, information and feedback obtained from across the county has been used to inform the draft Community and Rural Strategy.
It is a high-level framework strategy which highlights many of the priorities that will be built into other local strategies and delivery plans such as the council’s developing Leisure Strategy and draft Cultural Strategy.
Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, place planning and regulatory services, said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who has responded so far – your comments are greatly appreciated. There’s still time to have your say so I’d encourage you to take a few minutes of your time to get involved and help shape the final strategy that we adopt early next year.”
The eight-week consultation aims to build on the engagement work undertaken to date, and allow the public and a wider range of local stakeholders to comment on the draft document.
All feedback will be considered, and any changes proposed, to allow a final document to be formally agreed by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet in early 2021.
Feedback will be collected through a survey or email/post. People can find out more about how to have their say here: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/community-and-rural-strategy-2020/