The NWRDA has produced the first part of the draft Regional Strtegy RS2010.
They have set out an interesting challenge:
“Therefore we are clear that over the next twenty
years this region must:
- capitalise on the opportunities of moving to a lowcarbon
economy and address climate change
- build on our sources of international competitive
advantage and regional distinctiveness
- release the potential of our people and
- ensure the right housing and infrastructure for
We must tackle all these, however, in a period
when less public expenditure will be available.”
A tricky pancake indeed! Some of us think that the second of these – this idea of international competitiveness is incompatible with the others. Indeed that is one of the key ideas of this bioregional green deal project – strategic localism rather than strategic globalism (see our glossary. We also aren’t at all sure that ‘sustainable growth’ is anything more than a contradiction.
Unfortunately the paper gets worse the more you go into it. It uses the sustainability language, but with no depth of understanding as to what this might mean – it is playing at sustainability – fiddling in effect while the planet burns.
But let’s give it a thorough read and join in the consultation. We know they mean well, we need to help them come up with a workable strategy not a fantasy.