This is a summary of the Council pledges which support our vision for an ambitious Derby – where we support our children and young people to achieve their full potential, skills are valued, jobs and businesses are growing and we have the infrastructure to create a city for the future.
People have told us that while they appreciate the range of shopping on offer, they want our city centre to be more attractive, with a bettering offering at night. They would also like Derby to have better sports and leisure facilities.
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A key focus for the Council is to create the right conditions for Derby’s economy to thrive.
We will work with the business community and other partners to enable companies to invest and grow, creating at least 2,000 more employment opportunities over the next two years.
We are committed to ensuring the future of swimming in Derby – for both elite athletes and people at play.
The Council has budgeted for borrowing £20m to enable the construction of a 50-metre pool at Moorways. Work will start on site before the end of this year.
The Council has a plan to reshape key parts of the city centre, in partnership with private developers.
This work is already underway and the public will be consulted on new proposals for a music and performance venue to replace the Assembly Rooms by summer 2018.
The Council is an active supporter of enterprise, to create jobs in Derby.
We provide free start-up workshops and support companies through the Connect Derby programme, with the intention of creating 120 new businesses by October 2019.
Redeveloping the Market Hall to support a modern, vibrant and bustling market is a key part of the Council’s vision for the city centre.
The public will be able to view our plans for this by summer 2018.
The Council has already established strong links with the Chinese city of Hefei, to promote cultural and economic co-operation.
We will continue to seek opportunities to develop partnership agreements outside the EU, to attract foreign investment and create export opportunities for Derby businesses.
The Council will develop plans for the former Rolls-Royce main works site, in conjunction with Keepmoat, our Joint Venture partner.
By March 2018 the public will see and be able to comment on proposals.
Small businesses and traders are a key part of the local economy.
We will run a campaign to promote Small Business Saturday in Derby in December 2017, to raise awareness and increase support for them.
The A52 is one of the main routes into Derby and can be heavily congested. The Council will undertake a £15m scheme to improve the Wyvern junction and build a new 80-metre footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists.
When the project is fully completed by Spring 2019, motorists will spend less time queuing on the A52.
A thriving city centre with a wide range of restaurants, bars and evening entertainment is essential to Derby’s local economy.
The Council will work to ensure that Derby retains Purple Flag accreditation, confirming that our city centre offers a diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.
Being a strong Corporate Parent includes ensuring that the young people in Council care are supported to take the first steps into a successful and happy adulthood.
In the coming year we will make apprenticeships available for those leaving our care, recruiting them into different services to develop new skills and qualifications.
The Council wants to ensure that our decisions are informed by those affected.
We will refresh our Voice of the Child Strategy and hold regular meetings of the Voices in Action Youth Forum and Children in Care Council.
Ensuring the best possible education for our children is a priority for the Council.
We will invest £5.4m over the next three years (£1.8m in 2017/18) through Opportunity Area funding, to improve outcomes and life chances for young people in Derby’s most deprived wards.
Providing our young people with experience of the working environment enhances their prospects.
The Council will continue to supporting business mentoring (with 75 school students taking part in 2017/18) and will extend business contact activities in schools to involve 5,000 young people.
Being able to play a musical instrument is life-enhancing.
The Council will continue our support for budding young musicians in the city, by providing free access to music tuition.
The Council is fully committed to the principle of life-long learning.
We will expand our Adult Learning Club to provide more opportunities for adults to learn new skills and gain qualifications.