Businesses urged to help develop Hull's new ten-year vision
HULL'S business community has been urged to play its part in shaping a new ten-year plan for the city.
The City Plan is the latest attempt to promote cross-sector partnerships as a way of revitalising Hull's economy.
Previous efforts – notably Cityvision and One Hull – were almost totally reliant on government funding.
But the current initiative is being geared towards making the most of opportunities around the renewable energy sector. This is largely based on the prospect of Siemens opening a new offshore wind turbine assembly plant at Alexandra Dock.
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Billing Hull as Britain's Energy City, the idea of establishing a new-look City Leadership Board to oversee the construction and delivery of the City Plan has been unveiled by interim city council chief executive Darryl Stephenson.
While emphasising the project is still very much a "work in progress", he also indicated a shift in emphasis away from the public sector-led partnerships of the past.
"This is not the city council's plan for the city.
"The council will have an input into the plan but it's a plan for everyone.
"If you read the 2009 Centre For Cities report on Hull it shows that it is not the city council that is holding the city back as some claim but instead, it is the private sector.
"The City Leadership Board will operate on its own. The council will be just one member.
"The council will implement the things we can and it will be up to other organisation to do theirs.
"It is not the council's role to bring together five or six business organisations in the city, nor is it the role of the council to mend the rifts in the community and voluntary sector.
"They will have to sort their own houses out first."
Mr Stephenson said the web-based plan with the aim of creating 7,500 new jobs over the next decade was deliberately aspirational.
"It's about all of us raising our game.
"If you do go for it, you will stay where you are and end up simply managing decline.
"That can't happen here."