24th June 2005




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What will Lincoln be like in the year 2020? What do we want it to be like? How can we ensure that Lincoln is a great place to live and work in the future?


To answer these questions the Lincoln Futures Group has turned forward planning on its head by ‘imagining forwards and planning backwards’.


The group, set up by Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, has been engaged in a unique scenario planning exercise over the past six months.


The result is a provocative vision of Lincoln in 2020 which identifies both what needs to be done and the implications of failure for the city.


It is a vision of Lincoln as one of the world’s great small cities which aims to stimulate discussion and engage business leaders, politicians and the general public people.


Most importantly it is designed to empower the people of Lincoln and Lincolnshire to give them a say in how they feel Lincoln ought to develop in the 21st century.


At the launch of Lincoln 2020 on Thursday 30th June 2005 Professor Chiddick will outline a vision for Lincoln as imagined by the Lincoln Futures Group and invite the people of Lincoln to take ownership of the future of their city.


Lincoln is the first city in the UK to adopt this process,” says Professor Chiddick. “A vision for 2020 takes a global view of change and relates it to the prospects for Lincoln, identifies what needs to be done and highlights the implications of failure.


“The university is intrinsic to the realisation of that vision on several levels but it is up to the people of the city to shape the vision of Lincoln in 2020 for themselves.”


A special publication – Imagine Lincoln 2020 – will be launched at the event, which begins at 6.30pm for 7pm on Thursday 30th June in the Lincoln School of Architecture, Brayford Pool campus.


The event is invitation-only but reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to attend.


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Press release                                                  



Lincoln – one of the world’s great small cities, continued…



Among the scenarios imagined in Lincoln 2020 are:


·                           Integrated transport plans

·                           Park and ride facilities

·                           A Greater Lincoln Authority

·                           Super-fast broadband communications networks

·                           Global conference facilities at Riseholme Park

·                           An ethical code of conduct for government and business

·                           Equality, diversity and inclusivity

·                           Excellent health and social care supported by the Lincoln Medical School

·                           World Heritage status for the Cathedral Quarter

·                           A thriving arts and cultural programme

·                           Political leadership from the Lincolnshire Assembly

·                           A hub for media and the creative industries

·                           A world-class science park at Riseholme

·                           New localism as a model for good governance

·                           An Executive Mayor for Greater Lincoln

·                           Sustainable architecture and quality design




For more information, or to receive a copy of Imagine Lincoln 2020, contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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