As a young woman, I came to Lancaster University and had the time of my life! I loved the campus, the town, the people – so warm, friendly and welcoming! Life took me away but I have returned after a career in teaching and am now keen to encourage people to see the fabulous aspects of Lancaster and enjoy it as I do. Lancaster Vision allows me to work with like minded people in promoting the city for its heritage, culture, stunning coast and countryside as well as the great food, and of course its best asset: the Lancashire people.
It’s six years since I came to live in Lancaster after a career in manufacturing industry and I haven’t regretted it for a moment. The City and District have so much to offer in terms of heritage, education, culture, location, scenery and not least community spirit. I’m keen though that the area should not be left to become a backwater, gently marooned between the “powerhouses” to the South and East, and through Lancaster Vision I want to do whatever I can to make the City the centre of a more diverse and dynamic economy, whilst helping it live up to its new-found status as one of only 11 of the country’s Heritage Cities.
I have lived in Lancaster since 1969 and would not want to live anywhere else. It is a wonderful city. Professionally I was Director of the Centre for Northwest Regional Studies (now the Regional Heritage Centre) at Lancaster University and was able to mount lectures and conferences which linked the town and the University. I want to see Lancaster flourish culturally, socially and economically.
I moved to Lancaster in 1994, and have remained captured by the city, its district, and its people ever since. Among my roles at Lancaster University, I was Director of the Centre for North-West Regional Studies (now Regional Heritage Centre), which covered many aspects of this endlessly fascinating region. I joined Lancaster Vision because I would like every resident to share my pride in all that this wonderful area already offers, and my commitment to helping to realise its vibrant potential.
Lancaster has a huge amount to offer to anyone who, like me, is interested in architecture and town planning. The street plan of the centre was laid out in Roman times, and essentially it hasn’t changed since; the city’s period of prosperity in the late 18th and early 19th centuries left us a great legacy of handsome Georgian architecture. In many ways it’s a great place to visit and to live, yet it could be so much greater – this is why a group came together to form Lancaster Vision.
I was born and went to school in Lancashire, further south than Lancaster, but even then I felt that Lancaster was a magical city, combining the grit of the north of England with the fantasy of ancient camps and castles. Now I believe even more strongly that the Lancaster district has so much to offer both to its residents and to visitors and I feel committed to promoting the charms of the city and district as widely as possible.
I came to Lancaster in 1986, after 14 years working as a teacher in Germany and Denmark. From 1991 until my retirement I taught linguistics and phonetics at UCLAN in Preston.
Lancaster Vision’s Activities
- Participation in the bi-monthly Growth Forum meetings with the Chief Officer, Regeneration and Planning, and the Chamber of Commerce.
- Close involvement in the Destination Development Plan, helping to plan the City’s development as Lancashire’s premier tourist attraction following its recent elevation to the status of one of England’s eleven Heritage Cities.
- Hands on participation in the management of the Friends of The Lancaster Judges’ Lodging and thereby in the re-shaping of Lancaster and District’s total museum offering.
- Active members of the Chamber of Commerce.
- Involvement in public realm projects such as Square Routes.
- Constructive criticism, from the viewpoint of local citizens, on major issues of public policy such as housing and transport.
- Active promotion of economic growth in the the District in a way that does not detract from its history and heritage, and cooperation with the Local Authority and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership in key areas such as the development of skills and the attraction of new businesses into the area.
- Organisation of seminars with the participation of members of the Local Authority, Lancashire County Council, local businesses, the Universities and College, English Heritage etc. We have organised four seminars so far, each of them attracting between 50 and 60 delegates:
6th February 2014 – The Big Opportunity: Unlocking Lancaster’s Potential
19th June 2014 – Housing in Lancaster District
24th March 2015 – Transport in Lancaster: Visions of the Way Ahead
15th March 2016 – From Education to Employment – Challenges and Initiatives
Copies of the reports on each of these seminars can be found in the Reports section.