What will a successful Mansfield look like in the years to come? What will make it a destination of choice?

Residents are being asked to help shape a future vision for the district.

Input from the public, businesses and other organisations will be used to create a Place Strategy, setting out what Mansfield aspires to become in the decades ahead.

The work is part of the Mansfield Place Shaping project, which is funded by £500,000 of Towns Fund money.

It is being commissioned by the Mansfield Place Board which is a partnership between Mansfield District Council, businesses and a range of other local organisations including Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Mansfield BID and Mansfield and Ashfield 2020.

The Place Strategy will:

  • Establish a clear vision for Mansfield, selling the district and creating the conditions for future success – inspiring local communities, encouraging more companies to invest and create jobs, and attracting more people to the area.
  • Inform the strategies of all major local organisations and future investment priorities.
  • Provoke better partnership working and encourage collaboration between public and private sectors.

Richard Crisp, Chairman of the Mansfield Place Branding Group and Commercial Development Executive of Mansfield Building Society, said: “We need a new vibrant and forward-looking story for Mansfield that is suitable for the 21st century – something which inspires, reflects our ambitions, and which we can all believe in.

“It needs to be right for Mansfield, which is why we’re asking everyone to contribute.”

Adam Hill, CEO of Mansfield District Council who sits on the Mansfield Place Board, added: “This a chance for everyone to have their say on the future of their district.

“We want to hear from all sectors of our community – young and old, people who may have lived here all their lives and those who may be new to the area.

“Everyone’s view is equal and valid and we want as many voices as possible to contribute to this important stage in shaping this district for the decades to come.”

A public online survey is available until 22 March (link opens in new window). Face-to-face events will also be held. Copies of the survey will be made available in public buildings including the Civic Centre, Mansfield Museum, Mansfield Palace Theatre, the Old Town Hall, libraries, leisure centres and community halls, including Warsop Town Hall.

Mansfield CVS Walk and Talk group will also distribute surveys in community groups across Mansfield. Schools and colleges will also encouraged to take part and encourage young people to share their views on Mansfield.  

Among the questions people are being asked to consider are:

  • What about Mansfield are you most proud of?
  • What would you like to change?
  • What do you want Mansfield to be known for in future?
  • Give three words to sum up Mansfield District now. Please ensure at least one of them is positive.
  • Give three positive words to sum up what you would like Mansfield to be in future. 

The overall aim of the project is to make the district an attractive place to live, work, invest and visit.

Tens of millions of pounds have already been secured from the Government through the Towns Fund, Levelling Up and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, to help us invest in a variety of schemes, including:

  • Turning Berry Hill Park into a leisure destination
  • A new health hub for Warsop with state-of-the-art health and fitness facilities
  • Smart Mansfield, a new network powering smart technologies and better connectivity for residents, visitors and businesses
  • The Future Tech Skills and Knowledge Exchange, a new technology centre for students and businesses at Vision West Nottinghamshire College’s Chesterfield Road site
  • Mansfield Woodhouse Station Gateway
  • Transforming the former Beales site in the town centre of Mansfield into a multi-agency civic hub
  • Providing increased life chances across the UK by investing in communities and supporting local people, business and skills.

Although these projects will bring about physical regeneration, people are also being asked to consider other issues relating to the local economy, environment, health, amenities and education.

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