Report will look to city’s future over the next three decades

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What is the future of Canterbury?

Canterbury and Whitstable MP Rosie Duffield has joined business leaders, academics and public sector chiefs to discuss the future of the city.

They attended a University of Kent event titled Canterbury 2050 organised by PhD student Rufus Howard.

Its aim was to explore issues around transport, the environment, sustainability and agriculture over the next three decades.

Ms Duffield, who is approaching her first year as Canterbury’s first ever Labour MP, opened proceedings by identifying quality of life as a crunch issue for the city and its people.

The university said: “Key takeaways from the day included a focus on how the city can end a ‘siloed’ approach to planning and better incorporate sustainable solutions to problems at the same time.

“For example, new buildings should include solar power and green roofs to help contribute to energy and environmental challenges.”

A comprehensive Canterbury 2050 report will be published later in the year.

Other high-profile speakers at the event included Carolyn McKenzie, head of sustainable business and communities at Kent County Council, Canterbury Society Chairman Prof Jan Pahl, Prof Peter Vujakovic from the geography department at Canterbury Christ Church University, Dr Caroline Jessel, the chairman of the Kent Nature Partnership, and the University of Kent’s chief operating officer Denise Everitt.

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