By 2050, Thames Gateway has a major knowledge economy and high skills levels
“our key aim is to ensure that skills are raised throughout The Gateway, so that
local people can take full advantage of investment.” Skills champion Sir David Melville
• A-levels and NVQs match the regional average, enabling local residents to benefit from growth
• World leading academic institute for the Sustainable Environment established, with campuses in East London and the Estuary
• Skills academies and further and higher education provision throughout the Gateway
• Centres for manufacturing excellence (e.g. aerospace in Southend, advanced manufacturing in Medway)
• A world class arts Thames Gateway cluster providing skills in TV & film, digital media, fashion, furniture and design.
By 2050 every estuary town has undergone a renaissance
- these towns will play to their own strengths and advantages.
By 2050 a continuous high quality Parklands landscape has been created
A high quality, high value Parklands landscape – this long term aim is to create an environmental quality comparable with the Thames
Valley. It will include water landscapes and wetlands and the river itself, along with landscape creation within East London and the
Plan for Thames Gateway as a long term initiative
It’s worth remembering that success in the Thames Valley was planned for in HM Government’s 1971 South East Plan. This was
focussed on attracting high value high technology industries based on the Thames Valley’s infrastructure and quality of life advantages.
Four decades later, this is still work in progress, but with much success to show in line with the original vision. Similarly, Thames
Gateway is an ambitious long term initiative and should be planned in the same way, for the short, medium and long term.
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