Conference will focus on Buxton’s future

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Business and civic leaders will meet next week to focus on what kind of Buxton they’d like to see in five years’ time.

Called 2020 Vision: The Buxton Conference, the event on Wednesday February 25 has been organised by Vision Buxton and Buxton Town Team, two voluntary groups who work together to improve the social, economic and cultural life of the community.

Twenty invited speakers from organisations ranging from the University of Derby to local doctors will have five minutes each to present their organisation’s vision for the future at the event in the Pavilion Arts Centre, followed by group discussions.

It has been timed to coincide with major changes in the town, particularly the long-awaited refurbishment of the Crescent which will start soon after the final piece of funding for the project was secured.

“Buxton is on the edge of great change, with many exciting, major projects about to take off,” said Sally Potter, of Vision Buxton.

“The rationale for the conference is to bring together organisations that have influence and an interest in Buxton, its well-being and its prosperity.”

The conference’s aims include determining common issues which need attention; identifying mutually beneficial priorities, encouraging groups with similar interests to work together and to come up with a clear vision for 2020 - including targets to be achieved.

High Peak Borough Council is to host the all-day event, with students from the University of Derby Buxton helping with the organisation.

Derbyshire County Council, Buxton Opera House, Network Rail and Buxton Well Dressing Festival committee are just some of the other groups involved.

For more details of Buxton Town Team and Vision Buxton, see buxtontownteam.org and www.visionbuxton.co.uk.