The City Councils in Derby and Nottingham have come together to develop a Metropolitan strategy which is launched for consultation.
The new strategy sets out a bold joint vision that by ‘2030 Derby & Nottingham will have a global reputation as an exciting place to live, work and play.’
It heralds a new chapter in the relationship between the two cities, whose Leaders believe that by combining their weight they will have more muscle nationally and internationally, and create a strong city region which will contribute more to the economy of the East Midlands and the UK.
Strong cities drive strong economies. The combined Derby/Nottingham urban area is home to over one million people and is one of the top 30 population centres in Europe. This gives us a scale – nationally and internationally – that neither city can achieve on its own.
Both Leaders describe the Metropolitan Strategy as ‘the start of a journey’ and expect it will change and grow over time. They are keen to ensure it is not just a paper document but a spirit and intent that might be embraced more widely. The consultation gives partners, residents and organisations the opportunity to give their views and thoughts on this.
Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council said:
“By working together, Nottingham and Derby will be able to ‘punch above our weight’ when it comes to establishing a national presence and international reputation – and this will help us make the most of opportunities such as HS2, the Midlands Engine, and foreign trade and investment. This will be good for our cities, good for our citizens, and good for the wider economy.
In a world that now operates on a global scale, we need to reach out to our neighbours and explore the potential that collaboration can bring. To engage with these and other emerging markets we need a united, clear voice with our business community. Of course things are unsettled at the moment following the referendum but there will be economic opportunities and – as two cities, as Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, as the East Midlands and as the Midlands Engine – we need to be ready to grasp them so that all our residents, employees and visitors have a prosperous future.”