Commissioners appointed to steer growth in West Bridgford
23 September 2016
West Bridgford has a reputation for a high quality, thriving and diverse retail and business sector. However to maintain this success in the future, it was announced at Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Council meeting last night (22 September) that three independent commissioners have been appointed to help steer the course of the local economy.
The initial emphasis for the commission will be on the Bridgford Road, Central Avenue, Tudor Square and Gordon Road areas which are widely acknowledged as the ‘centre’ of West Bridgford.
Deputy Leader, Councillor Simon Robinson confirmed that former Nottinghamshire County Council chief executive Mick Burrows will join Timothy Richmond OBE, an experienced entrepreneur and Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Business School Professor Kim Cassidy in supporting the West Bridgford Growth Board (WBGB).
The responsibilities of these independent commissioners will involve seeking the views of local residents, businesses and community groups with the aim of creating a focused, transparent and informed report to help steer the work and vision of the growth board.
The WBGB first met in September 2015 and it looks to oversee major infrastructure, business, employment and housing growth in the town.
Cllr Simon Robinson, who is Chairman of WBGB said: “I am delighted to accept the voluntary offers of support from three distinguished individuals to act as West Bridgford Commissioners. I am very much looking forward to introducing them at the board meeting in November when we will be setting out their role and remit. They will provide valuable external expertise and independent contribution to report into and support the West Bridgford Growth Board’s objectives.”
Speaking on behalf of all three commissioners, Mick Burrows said: “We are pleased to be involved in what is clearly a very important project. The focus on the town centre will hopefully enable us to help shape and influence an already friendly, thriving and successful part of West Bridgford, with the aim of looking to the future and helping identify opportunities to build on its success. Most importantly, the responsibility for securing the views of local businesses, groups and individual will help influence what actually happens and ends up being delivered.”
NOTE TO EDITORS
The West Growth Board comprises a core membership of:
- Cabinet portfolio holder for Economic Development (Deputy Leader)
- Nottinghamshire County Councillor with appropriate portfolio / areas of responsibility
- 2 Rushcliffe Borough Council Ward Members
- Chairman of the West Bridgford Local Area Forum
- Rushcliffe Business Partnership Representative
In addition the group also comprises non-voting co-opted members from local businesses
- 2 local retail sector representatives
- Food and beverage sector representative
- Financial institution representative
- Property / letting agent representative
The West Bridgford Growth Board (WBGB) objectives are as follows:
To oversee the development and delivery of a series of master plans within its area that will assist and inform the development of a borough wide economic development and growth strategy.
- To identify viable options for the future sustainability of the Central Avenue, Gordon Road and Tudor Square areas and report these to the Strategic Growth Board at appropriate stages.
- To develop mini master plans for specific locations in West Bridgford in order to address identified issues relating to vacant commercial premises, parking restrictions and availability, and other such issues that impact on the economic viability of the area.
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