Visioning Aberdeenshire 2050 is the result of engagement with communities, public and voluntary organisations, business groups and councillors as part of a process that got underway last summer.
The responses gathered during a series of public events provided a view on how to achieve the vision, including the need to protect Aberdeenshire’s environment.
It also highlighted desires to improve public transport across the area, to have greater provision of adult education, improved facilities for children and young people, and an increased amount of affordable housing for young people and key workers.
The purpose of the vision is to provide guidance to Aberdeenshire Council as it considers its strategic long term aims in order to secure economic, environmental, social and cultural sustainability.
The final document was approved by the authority in June this year and follows four key themes that aim to ensure:
- A society that is renowned for being welcoming, modern, safe and health
- An economy that is prosperous, diverse and attractive to investors, employers and employees
- Communities that are dynamic, culturally diverse and locally active
- An environment that is beautiful, bio-diverse, accessible to all, and sustainably used
Cllr Jim Gifford Leader of Aberdeenshire Council said
Many of the council’s current strategies are scheduled for delivery within a 10 to 20 year horizon. In order to inform these strategies and their successors, we wanted to create a vision for Aberdeenshire up to 2050.
Creating a long-term vision is the easy part; the challenge is finding a way to get there and identifying the barriers which must be overcome.
The final vision will be integrated into council policies and we will encourage our partners to use it in formulating their own policies in order to ensure we achieve our mutual goals.
Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Hamish Vernal, said
The year 2050 may seem some way off but it’s important that we start work now if we are to achieve the ambitious aims contained in the vision.
There will most certainly be challenges along the way and these, too, have been highlighted in the document. While it is difficult to predict these challenges in the long term, we have used the projections available today to consider what Aberdeenshire might need to address in the years ahead.
You can view the Visioning Aberdeenshire 2050 below or on the council website.