Organisations from across Walsall are coming together to develop a vision for the future of the Borough. More than 10,000 residents and businesses will be asked for their views about what they want Walsall to look like and be like in 2040 and beyond.
We are Walsall 2040 will provide a strategic framework for Walsall Council and its partners to prioritise resources and to develop shared ambitions for a Walsall that works for everyone.
We are Walsall 2040 will be shaped by the views, experiences, ideas and ambitions of those who live, work, visit and do business in the Borough.
Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader of Walsall Council said: “We have big ambitions for Walsall’s future. Tens of millions of pounds have already been secured to transform the Borough over the next 15 to 20 years. We want Walsall in 2040 to be shaped by our residents, our children and young people, our businesses and by our communities. Next month we will be launching a major exercise to encourage thousands of people from across the Borough to have their say.”
During the global pandemic many people’s relationships with their communities changed. Trusted partnerships were formed and businesses and residents alike are now reflecting on what matters most to them.
Many organisations are working alongside Walsall Council to deliver We Are Walsall 2040. They include local health partners West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and Walsall College.
Jatinder Sharma OBE DL, the Principal and Chief Executive of Walsall College said: “We have more than 11,000 students at the college every year and we work with them to develop their skills for a successful future. For many of our students that future will be here in Walsall. Babies born today will be our students in 2040 and together with our partners we want to shape a thriving Walsall where there are opportunities for everyone.”
The public engagement phase of We Are Walsall 2040 begins next month and runs throughout the summer. The plan for We Are Walsall 2040 is expected to be unveiled in the spring of next year.