County Council lays out vision for Hertfordshire's future

Published: 10 Oct 2019

The county council today has outlined its commitment to supporting the delivery of good growth in Hertfordshire.

Councillor David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, has presented ‘Our Good Growth Ambitions’ video, which shows how the county council is preparing for a significant rise in the population of Hertfordshire by supporting the delivery of at least 100,000 new homes, 100,000 new jobs and the infrastructure such growth needs for it to be sustainable.

The video was shown at the Hertfordshire Forward Conference, an annual event which this year had the theme ‘Reshaping our Town Centres – fit for the future’.

Councillor Williams said: “We’ll see major growth in Hertfordshire over the next decade or so, and we want to help our communities flourish and fulfil their potential. We recognise the imperative to grow our economy and ensure that we have thriving, sustainable communities.

“Local jobs are crucial to achieving sustainable growth, and we have a key role to play in supporting small and medium-sized businesses so that they can grow and thrive.

“We could have 175,000 more people living in Hertfordshire by 2031, so we must be ready to support them by addressing key issues like transport, schools and healthcare services.

“We want to ensure Hertfordshire remains the County of Opportunity where our residents can enjoy a good quality of life and can succeed regardless of their circumstances. We see ‘Good Growth’ as places that are well-designed to help families stay healthy, safe and enjoy a good quality of life.”

In Hertfordshire, the county council is working with the 10 district and borough councils - as well as Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership - to make sure the shared goals become a reality.

“Working closely with our partners, we want to ensure growth is managed well, and our economy remains strong and vibrant,” said Cllr Williams.