There’s still time to join in Derby City Council’s conversation about its Ambition document and help create a new vision for the city.

Derby residents, visitors and businesses have until midnight on 21 September to share their views in an online survey about the future of the city centre. and then work will begin to analyse the feedback.

The conversation will continue throughout 2022 and the Let’s Talk Derby website will stay open for people to take part in a number of quick activities, such as polls, interactive maps and discussion boards. 

Derby’s city centre conversation began in June after the City Council published a document called 'Ambition'. The document sets out issues the Council thinks the city centre is facing and suggests ways that they could be addressed. It focuses on longer-term ideas. 

Feedback on the Ambition document will be used to inform the development of a new vision which will set out an over-arching ‘direction-of-travel’ for the long-term transformation of the city centre.

Significant feedback has already been submitted through the Let’s Talk platform, while an exhibition at the new City Lab in St James’ Street throughout August provided an opportunity for people to find out more about the project and talk directly to Council officers.  

Councillor Steve Hassall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Decarbonisation, Strategic Planning and Transport said: 

Positive things are already happening in Derby which will boost the city centre, such as the exciting Becketwell project and the restoration of the Market Hall. But these schemes alone can’t ensure that the city centre will be fit for the 21st century. Tinkering around the edges is no longer enough and we need fresh ideas to help transform Derby city centre to be a vibrant place that people can feel proud of and want to visit.

“These conversations are the first step towards creating a clear, bold - and importantly - collective vision that will secure a successful long-term future for the city.”