Have your say on economic strategy for Melton borough

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A DRAFT blueprint aiming to boost economic development and prosperity in Melton borough has gone out to public consultation.

The Melton Community Partnership is seeking people’s views on the 2012-2015 economic development strategy which sets out key targets to achieve in the next three years in four main priority areas which are:-

l Promoting innovation and enterprise

l Enhancing aspirations, skills and creating economic activity

l Improving the vitality of the borough’s towns and villages

l Maximising inward investment and tourism.

The strategy, which will eventually be adopted by Melton Council, highlights numerous key goals including building on Melton’s standing as the ‘rural capital of food’, increasing the number of knowledge-based/hi-tech businesses in the borough, improving links between businesses and education providers to ensure young people have the qualifications and skills the future economy needs, and supporting the Melton BID Company in its efforts to revitalise the town’s economy.

Other key goals acknowledged include the need to provide new road infrastructure and to increase the supply of ‘fit for purpose’ employment land to promote economic growth.

Harrinder Rai, Melton Council’s head of communities and neighbourhoods, said: “In the current economic recession it’s important that the partnership has a strategy that is based on evidence and outlines the key economic priorities for the borough. The strategy is supported by actions that will improve opportunities for employment and inward investment.”

A six-week public consultation (ending on August 31) is now under way for people to have their say on the draft strategy. An action plan will then be finalised and taken forward.

l To view the strategy document visit www.melton.gov.uk and then click on the link in the useful information section. You can email your comments to Harrinder Rai, Melton Council’s head of communities and neighbourhoods, at hrai@melton.gov.uk