Southampton City Vision concultation – have your say

Southampton City Council is holding a consultation on developing its new local plan, which will look at the next 20 years and beyond. It covers lands use, new homes and all sorts of matters relating to spatial planning and design which will shape our city long into the future .

SVS, together with 12 local charities, have jointly signed a letter to SCC asking for a simple but powerful aim to be included in the Local Plan that Southampton should aim to be the UKs most accessible city by 2050. 

 We are pleased that partners in Southampton Connect strategic group have endorsed this request and supported our aim and statement that  “Southampton as the most accessible UK city would send a powerful message that everyone is welcome and included in all our city has to offer – in its culture and heritage, retail and leisure offers, faith and educational establishments, transport and connectivity, homes, housing and workplaces.”  Copies of the full letter can be requested from Jo Ash at SVS if you would like to see it.

Accessibility for all, in its broadest sense, is key to inclusion and future proofing the city for everyone whatever their age or stage of life or support needs, so we are asking all voluntary organisations to respond to the consultation and to specifically mention their support for this simple but powerful aim.  Also,  to encourage their members or beneficiaries to do so too. Together we can ensure accessibility principles are included in and integral to the future planning guidance which will make a real difference to people’s lives in the city.

You can complete the survey online , or there are paper copies in libraries and at the Civic Centre with community engagement events being held around the city. See the SCC website for details on where and when the events are taking place. The survey is open until 19 April 2020.    Please include the phrase – Southampton should aim to be the UKs most accessible city by 2050 in your replies and if you have time let us know you have done so by emailing Jo on  j.ash@southamptonvs.org.uk  . Thank you

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