LCR launches ‘biggest ever’ public listening exercise

METRO Mayor Steve Rotheram has launched the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s biggest ever public engagement exercise.

The launch of LCR Listens came at an event in Prescot, Knowsley, alongside Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council.

The event kicked off the first phase of LCR Listens, a three-month exercise that will engage with people across all six boroughs that make up the Liverpool City Region, gauging people’s opinions on a wide range of topics, including transport, jobs and skills, the environment, housing and culture, to inform the future direction of the city region.

Featuring a host of ways to get involved, from public events, to on-street research, through to an on-line portal, the Combined Authority is committed to listening to as many city region residents, from as wide a variety of backgrounds, as possible.

Steve Rotheram, said: “LCR Listens is an exercise in bringing devolution to life, to ensure that local people have the opportunity to influence genuine local decision-making. 

“We’re making sure we speak to people from every part of our city region, who reflect our diversity, to make sure we have an accurate picture of what is important to the people who live here.

“Devolution is about bringing power closer to the people, and through LCR Listens we are stepping up our efforts to understand what is important to all of our residents. What we learn from this exercise will directly influence our strategic direction for the next 20 years and we are pulling out all the stops to make sure that we reach all of our communities.”

LCR Listens is an opportunity for everyone in the city region to have their say on the issues that are important to them. The feedback the Combined Authority receives will specifically influence its Local Industrial Strategy, which will set out the long-term economic vision for the Liverpool City Region, providing a framework for its investment decisions, and for conversations with government about how we work together, through devolution, to maximise prosperity for all people and communities.

Anyone wanting to have their say on the future of the Liverpool City Region or find out more about LCR Listens, should visit www.lcrlistens.co.uk and look out for #LCRListens hashtag on social media.