What are your ideas for investment in Worcester’s future?
Worcester residents and businesses are being encouraged to have their say on how a multi-million pound national investment pot should be spent.
The city is in the running to scoop up to £25 million from the Government's £3.6 billion Town Fund.
Plans to spend the money are to be drawn up by a Worcester Town Board established by the City Council – and the city's citizens and employers can have their say on where the investment should go by heading to mytown.communities.gov.uk.
The Board is looking for ideas that will help deliver long-term economic and productivity growth through:
- Urban regeneration, planning and land use: ensuring Worcester is a thriving place for people to live and work
- Skills and enterprise infrastructure: driving private sector investment and ensuring Worcester has the space to support skills and small business development
- Connectivity: developing local transport schemes that complement regional and national networks, as well as supporting the delivery of improved digital connectivity.
Full details on the aims of the Town Fund are in the prospectus published by the Government .
Worcester residents and businesses have already been making the most of this opportunity to think to the future and have made a range of suggestions – including investing in job creation, providing more cycle lanes and extra parking, boosting tourism along the river and many more ideas.
Worcester Town Board Chairman Craig Moule, of Sanctuary Housing, said: "With the city and the country in lockdown it's a good time for residents and businesses to think imaginatively about Worcester's future.
"We want to see some great ideas flowing into mytown.communities.gov.uk so that our bid for Town Fund investment can be one that the people of Worcester have genuinely had a say in."
Councillor Adrian Gregson, Deputy Leader of Worcester City Council, said: "This is a golden opportunity to help shape how our city will drive long-term economic and productivity grow, so get your thinking caps on!"
The Government has selected 101 towns across the country to benefit from the £3.6 billion Town Fund, with each of them told to draw up a Town Investment Plan to secure up to £25 million.
The City Council has established the Worcester Town Board to lead the work, with representatives from local businesses, community groups, arts organisations and the education sector.
The Board will examine the ideas that come through at mytown.communities.gov.uk and feed them into Worcester's own Town Investment Plan, which will set out a prioritised list of proposed projects and investments to meet the aims of the Town Fund initiative.
The overall aim is to drive growth in Worcester through investment in connectivity, land use, economic and cultural assets, skills and enterprise infrastructure.
The Board hopes to have the Investment Plan ready to submit to the Government for the autumn.
Worcester City Council is also working on a separate £25 million bid to the Government's Future High Streets Fund. If successful, that bid will support new investment to regenerate the area around Foregate Street, Broad Street, Angel Place, The Trinity and Queen Street.