Ambitious plans for how Sandwell will look in 2030 have been outlined at a special event in West Bromwich.
Sandwell Vision 2030 was officially launched at West Bromwich Town Hall.
Representatives of local businesses, the NHS, voluntary and community organisations and West Midlands Police were among those who attended the event run by Sandwell Council.
Sandwell Vision 2030 sets out 10 ambitions to be delivered by the council and its partners in the next 13 years.
They cover a wide range of topics from living healthy lives to lowering crime and from raising aspirations to improving the quality of schools.
The council carried out extensive consultation with residents and partners from across the borough to create the ambitions.
Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Steve Eling, said it was important that as many people as possible got involved with creating a better borough.
“This isn’t just about the council creating a better Sandwell for residents,” he said. “It’s about all of our partners, from schools to businesses and voluntary organisations to emergency services, coming together to deliver the Vision for 2030.
“There is so much we can do together to make a real difference. Everyone has only the very best intentions for Sandwell. By making sure we all pull together and face in the right direction, we can achieve positive outcomes for Sandwell and its residents.”
Councillor Steve Trow, Sandwell’s cabinet member for core council services, said: “By listening to our residents and partners we have created a bold and ambitious vision for Sandwell by the year 2030.
“It will be somewhere people feel safe and choose to bring up their families. Residents will enjoy good health, have rewarding work opportunities and feel connected and valued in their neighbourhoods.
“Yesterday was an important step in delivering these ambitions. It’s now up to us and our many partners to make the Vision a reality and we’re ready for the challenge.”