At the heart of the work being undertaken by ASELA is an ambition to deliver a series of priorities with long lasting and wider benefits for both people and place. The priorities from the summary prospectus are:
- Providing excellent and contemporary digital infrastructure including 5G and connectivity that will see businesses want to invest in the area and start successful and productive enterprises.
- Delivering significant improvements in connectivity and public transport, underpinned by investment in active travel projects which benefit people’s health and wellbeing and could see major environmental benefits.
- Investment in green and blue infrastructure to enable new parks and river walks, supporting active use of environmental assets, adding to biodiversity, health and wellbeing outcomes, whilst supporting active and thriving communities.
- Improving skills across the region from school aged children through to adult training and education, ensuring that the current and future workforce can access productive and highly skilled jobs.
- A strategy to secure more commercial development from employers who can provide productive and well-paid employment, locally.
- Unlocking housing sites to deliver accelerated development seeing new quality homes, neighbourhoods and communities brought to south Essex, and enhancing amenity and place for existing local residents.
- Supporting young people to achieve their best and build their futures in South Essex.
ASELA is pleased to support the bid for the Thames Freeport. DP World and Forth Ports are bidding for a Thames Freeport, with London Gateway, the Port of Tilbury and Ford’s Dagenham engine plant at its heart. It is hoped to bring 25,000+ new jobs with many more across supply chains, with significant investment in training and skills. For more information go to Thames Freeport – Britain's Trading Future.
Research and Engagement with Work Advance
ASELA commissioned engagement activity lead by Work Advance and Oxford Economics to support the proposition to government and engage hundreds of local businesses, residents and stakeholders in a conversation about what kind of place they want South Essex to become in the future. The survey closed 2 September 2020 but you can still visit the website: www.YourSaySE2050.co.uk.