Proud of our past, focused on our future
Worcester City Council has approved an ambitious new plan for the next five years, 2015-2020. This new Corporate Plan, "Proud of our past, focused on our future", outlines five themes for the City and how the Council will operate in the future to support these aims. It focuses heavily on the priorities for the City rather than just the City Council.
Increasing prosperity through successful businesses and great jobs
Our aim is to create a business friendly environment to help local companies to grow and create more higher paid jobs. We will work to improve the infrastructure – road, rail and broadband, skills and regulatory environment within the City. Schemes that we support to deliver this priority include Worcester Technology Park, Superfast Broadband, Dualling the Worcester Southern Link Road, upgrade to M5 motorway junction 6, Worcester Parkway and redoubling of the Cotswold Line with train services to London in two hours or under.
Growing a vibrant city with sports, leisure and retail
This priority will ensure the City capitalises on its growing reputation as a Sporting City, with a diverse range of leisure opportunities to make Worcester one of the top five retail centres in the West Midlands. The City Council will build a new competition standard eight-lane swimming pool, invest in an active programme of events and support the development of more high quality hotels which increase the number of overnight stays in the City.
Making the most of our history and heritage
We will work to establish Worcester in its proper place as a recognised Heritage City and gain greater recognition as England's premier Civil War City. This will mean working with a range of partners to better coordinate and promote the City's tourist assets. Worcester City Council will invest in the visitor experience at the City's Commandery Museum.
Continuing to enhance our city centre and riverside
Our aspiration is to enhance the quality of the City Centre and extend the riverside improvements to allow residents and visitors to make the most of the River Severn. This will involve investing along with Worcestershire County Council to continue the programme of quality repaving and enhancement of the public spaces, including Cathedral Square, Cornmarket, Broad Street and The Shambles. A further programme of riverside improvements will be developed to include Sabrina Bridge, a new pedestrian bridge to link Gheluvelt Park to Kepax with associated walking and cycling links, and delivery of the Diglis playing fields programme.
Ensuring our city is clean, green and safe
The City Council will continue to ensure our streets, parks and public spaces are clean and well kept, with the aim of securing external recognition for the standards achieved through a Clean City award. We will work with partners and the community to reduce litter, dog fouling, seagulls and the fear of crime with continued provision of monitored CCTV. The City Council will continue to invest in our major public parks to ensure they retain their prestigious Green Flag status. Measures to tackle unsafe or unfit rental properties will be introduced.
- Delivering the results people want
- One Council
- Challenge to improve
- Empowerment with Accountability