LAB190 - the route towards a sustainable society
LAB190 is a long-term collaboration platform to create a model area for the sustainable development of the countryside along national road 190 between Hjällbo and Nossebro. National road 190 is about 70 km long and cuts through four municipalities: Gothenburg, Lerum, Alingsås and Essunga. It is part of one of the green wedges that has been pointed out as important for the sustainable development of society in the Structural Plan for the Gothenburg Region (GR).
Vättlefjäll-Risvedenkilen is a green wedge that has the most continuous agricultural land. It is a thriving rural area in direct contact with the city and the residential areas in the north-east of Gothenburg. The Structural Plan for the Gothenburg region meets the Structural Plan for Skaraborg in Essunga. In Skaraborg, the stretch along national road 190 is pointed out as an important connection between the structural plans - a so-called LINK area.
The starting point of collaboration on LAB190 is the European Landscape Convention and the aims it encompasses. The concept of landscape is central. A landscape is continuous, regardless of territorial or other borders. Another important point of departure is the possibility of inhabitants to influence and contribute to the development of the landscape.
We believe that broad collaboration on the development of the area will strengthen the interaction between town and country.
Food, tourism and infrastructure
LAB190 was started in 2013 with a preliminary study. Västarvet invited representatives from Gothenburg, Lerum, Alingsås and Essunga (as well as the Gothenburg Region Association of Local Authorities and the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland) on a bus journey along road 190, with a seminar afterwards. The participants agreed at the seminar that FOOD, TOURISM and INFRASTRUCTURE were three important themes in which to focus collaboration.
A working group was set up which produced a collaboration agreement describing the intentions of the parties involved. Parties to LAB190 are Gothenburg/City District Administration Angered, Lerum Municipality, Alingsås Municipality, Essunga Municipality, the Gothenburg Region Association of Local Authorities, the Skaraborg municipal association, Västarvet/Västra Götaland Region, Business Region Gothenburg and the County Administrative Board.
In 2014, work focused on carrying out a survey of the area on the basis of the three themes above. The survey was based on dialogue meetings with players in the area. These were followed up with project workshops where several development proposals were presented. The survey also included a compilation of the natural and cultural environments, attractions, restaurants, accommodation facilities and communications. A questionnaire was sent out to almost 450 land owners in the area asking about the type of their activities in order to obtain a picture of the status of green industries.
Development plan and overall objectives
In the spring of 2015 the working group produced a proposal for an inter-municipal development plan with overall objectives and an action plan to implement from 2016 onwards. The plan was discussed in a seminar with the working group and political representatives of the parties. After some revision, the development plan was adopted by all parties, which went on to appoint representatives for a political steering group.
Festa Via 190 - Sweden's longest street festival
The first joint project was also carried out in 2015: Festa Via 190 - Sweden's longest street festival, in which a working group of local players and associations organised a festival with over one hundred programme items over a period of nine days. Festa Via 190 was supported by the Västra Götaland Region action programme for Cultural and Creative Industries.
Green industries on the rise
During the winter and spring of 2015-16, Business Region Gothenburg, BRG, carried out a preliminary study in collaboration with other parties on the possibility of starting up a food-tourism cluster in the area. New contact was taken up with representatives of green industries in the area to look into more details.
In 2016, work started on concrete projects and measures from the action plan. During this phase, the working group changed its name to coordination group to avoid any confusion with working groups for individual projects.
In September 2016 a second Festa Via 190 was carried out.