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Big Conversation Delivers Clear Message for Bold Action

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Greater Cambridge Partnership’s “Big Conversation” has drawn to a close and thousands of people – including residents, commuters, students and businesses – have had their say on a future Greater Cambridge.

Work is now under way to collate and analyse more than 9,000 items of public feedback ahead of publication of findings in early January.

The exercise was undertaken to provide input and evidence to inform development of the Partnership’s Future Investment Strategy in 2018 – how it will invest multi-million pound growth deal funding from 2020 onwards to help grow and share prosperity and quality of life for local communities.

One of the GCP Officers speaking to a resident at a Cambridge United match about the Greater Cambridge Partnership

Officers speaking to residents at a Cambridge United match

Early findings show that people’s biggest challenges are around transport and housing with public appetite for authorities to deliver bold change and improvements as soon as possible to improve quality of life.

Cllr Francis Burkitt, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership said: “The response to Our Big Conversation has been absolutely fantastic, and we are grateful to each and every person who took the time to comment, share their views and chat.

“The initial headline findings confirm the view that people’s biggest concerns are around transport and housing with a clear message that we are being challenged to just get on with it and take bold action to help people and businesses thrive.

“Your feedback will help us to determine how we can best invest in long-term solutions to address the challenges presented by growth, including helping us understand the issues you want solved, improve services and create new opportunities for the region, whilst at the same time preserving all the aspects that make it such a special place in which to live, work and study.”

The Big Conversation awareness and engagement campaign took place between September and November, with more than 35 events at locations across Cambridge and the surrounding ranging from pop up stalls in shops, transport hubs and at fresher’s fayres to organised business briefings.

More than 9,000 responses in total were generated, including individual comments and surveys. Work is underway to analyse all of the feedback with an interim report due to be published early next month.

The full report is due to be published on January 8 and will be used to inform the Partnership’s investment plans for 2020 onwards.

For more information, visit the Our Big Conversation page.