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Safe overnight stops for Motorhomes

We travel all over this country watching and writing about pantomimes usually over Christmas. It is a real challenge to park and find places to stay overnight, I contact councils in the towns or cities we are visiting and they have been most helpful. We have now joined CAMpRA (Campaign for Real Aires UK) Please […]

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Fit For Purpose Multi USe Games Area

Currently Horizon Community Centre is Midland Road which according to City council is safe but not fit for purpose, many children have broken their limbs and come from there having sustained injuries. the local community want it resurfaced, the city council have failed to listen on numerous occasions. It is the only one serving a […]

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alternatives to car travel

The City has a historic road pattern which can hardly be improved so We need to improve walking, cycling and travel by bus/rail options. Current administration at County Hall has no interest in non car options. Investment in improving public transport by electric busses, more bus lanes which taxis should be allowed to use.

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Affordable housing for rent

Our city centre is changing, with a number of High Street retailers already closed and less demand for retail shops as online shopping has become the way of life for many people. The pandemic has accelerated a trend that was already becoming established. This offers an opportunity for the city council to purchase vacant properties […]

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Fighting obesity

I attend on-line and in person sessions with a group called ALM Fitness they offer fitness, wellbeing, nutrition advice and support. They have helped 100s of people to get fit and lose weight and continue with healthy lifestyles. Worcestershire would do well to recommend ALM to the health commissioners and social prescribers. The method used […]

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Health, Wellness & Sport Campus

The development of the imaginative, inclusive and world-leading community initiative for Health, Wellness and Sport at the Severn Campus on the Hylton Road. Alongside the existing University of Worcester (UW) Arena, the campus will provide an International Inclusive Cricket and Education centre for a vast number of participants, ranging from thousands of local youngsters to […]

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Please make Wylds Lane safer

There is a serious antisocial behaviour problem on this road, specifically on the one way portion from Sidbury, by Fort Royal Park. Everyday drivers speed dangerously along here, past the entrance steps to Fort Royal Park, where many adults and children enjoy. Cars, vans and lorry’s are also constantly stopping on the double yellow lines, […]

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Car Free City

Worcester to be a car free city, an exemplar, to lead the way. Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council, to work together, to achieve this. Reinstate Park and Ride, across, the City, buses to have the capacity and run at a frequency, to allow social distancing. Introduce new cycle ways and secure cycle parks […]

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“Worcester Wireless”

A Worcester City-wide wireless service from the Cathedral down to Gheluvelt Park and along the side roads to The Chestnut Tree Inn and down to the Commandery. Local businesses can under-write the costs out of their rents and the wireless service could be used for advertising and location mapping (“The Commandery is 150m down the […]

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Cars out, people in!

Access to Worcester City Centre is absolutely dominated by the car – still! Dirt cheap car parking and busy, heavily congested roads make the environment unpleasant for walking and cycling, and impossible for buses to run on time, which forces more people into their cars. Worcester needs to break its love affair with the car […]

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Angel Place / Street

– Find some way of developing the Scala Theatre (Cinema) on the corner. Work with a group to return the building back to its former glory as a picture house and regeneration hub. Exhibit old classics alongside local talents and more recent mainstream content. Offer a high class ‘event cinema’ experience at a reasonable cost […]

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Prime the pump!

The Towns Fund could help Worcester prime the pump in three areas: regeneration; green economy; and tourism. Regeneration: this would help the owners of vacant or underused shops and old commercial buildings convert or redevelop buildings to new mixed uses, including many more mixed tenure homes in the City Centre. Green economy: colleges and businesses […]

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Redevelop Shrub Hill attractively for accessible business and tourism uses

The unsightly mess of dilapidated buildings on Shrub Hill Industrial Estates should be re-developed as a gateway to the city, for tourism and business use, easily accessible by public transport & cyclists. A (free) shuttle bus would link it with the Cathedral / High Street / Foregate. The City MasterPlan designates it as an Opportunity […]

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Spaces for young people

Creating pods with benches inside for young people to gather in, so childrens play parks and other public spaces aren’t crowded by teenagers. It will give them a space to go and stop hanging around on street corners and parks. They will be made eco friendly with benches, bins and possibly a water fountain. This […]

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An integrated cycle network to parks / swimming pools / hospital / city centre etc…

Worcester has a great potential for an integrated cycle network, all of roads with safe routes already available along the river and the canal. Unfortunately, the link between these routes in non-existant and, in general, people are not aware that these routes exist in the first place. Worcester should be ambitious and advertise the cycle […]

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An active& healthy city

Prioritise space for people to move&travel actively. Build cycle routes& good public transport connections for suburbs into the city.Incentivise businesses to get employees to travel into work without cars where poss. Create bike hire schemes across city. More road space to pedestrians and cyclist& reduce the concerning level of pollution on our streets. Stop prioritising […]

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Shrub Hill regeneration

Worcester Civic Society propose that Towns Fund invesment focuses on the Shrub Hill Opportunity Area (SHOA). We want to see SHOA becoming an attractive destination for businesses, residents and visitors arriving by train and key gateway to our city with better connectivity to the city centre. As a Civic Society, we feel it is particularly […]

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Park-and-ride Scheme at weekend

Use the car park spaces from the businesses (business park) not in use at the weekends and use them as park-and-ride or park-and-cycle pickup points. Combine that with a environmentally friendly tour signs around the paths linking them to an online photo-scape history of the paths – helpful for nature, environmental records and monitoring while […]

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Connected natural spaces

There are ample opportunities in the city centre to replace what is a very hard-built environment with green spaces. Street trees, hedges, green roofs where appropriate. We need to resurface hard surfaces to make them greener. A green infrastructure programme, including rewilding areas, would aid mental wellbeing, encourage visitors, reduce air and noise pollution in […]

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Make cycling a safe option for everyone

The Worcester City Master Plan talks about creating a comprehensive system of high-quality cycle routes in the city linking surrounding villages to prioritize bike movement. Let’s do this! We need more cycle lanes, lower speed limits when sharing with cars, priority for cyclists, secure bike storage. If we need to replace roads for cars for […]

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Support for local businesses

We should be supporting independent shops and businesses, not the national chains who take people out of the city centre to retail parks. National chains often drive unsustainable and even unethical practices! Worcester should be seen to improve opportunities for local, sustainable business practices, encouraging more independent places to open, and be a success in […]

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Space for Nature

There are not enough wild green spaces in the city centre to provide a real contribution to biodiversity. Lawn and turf provide very little space for nature. We should be rewilding parts of our beautiful city parks and riverside, having multiple advantages to both biodiversity and ecosystems in the city itself. These will help with […]

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People, not cars.

We need to reduce the amount of space dedicated to cars and large vehicles. This will improve the public realm, reducing pollution (and associated health problems) while also giving priority to people and more importantly to reconnect with nature. We should be delivering on the Worcester City Master Plan! To make Worcester a success, we […]

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Move the college (HoW College)

I would suggest as a long term project to replace the college with a green space, as they’re such an ugly set of buildings, in such unfortunate spaces, taking up some of the most useful space in Worcester. This area would expand the green space along the river and possibly allow for more local businesses […]

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River Access

Improving access from the High Street to the river and enabling the riverbank area to be opened up further. It would improve health and well-being of residents and creating space for both cyclists and pedestrians that was discrete use would be very helpful. Better signage and routes to access the river would be required.

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ReWild the city’s green spaces

Although there are a number of important green spaces within the city they are not, save for a number of key spaces, maximising their contribution to biodiversity. The more formal greenspaces in the city (i.e. parks, sports pitches) are often of a good quality for people, but could be doing a lot more for nature […]

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Greening the City Centre

A network of connected natural spaces should be delivered throughout the city to encourage habitat and species growth and diversity, increase human interaction with nature, provide a healthy, clean and green environment, manage water and sequester carbon. Although the city is surrounded by extensive green and natural spaces, the city centre itself is largely a […]

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Create a cycle friendly city

Deliver on the Worcester City Masterplan to create a comprehensive system of high quality cycle routes throughout the city (and to the surrounding villages) that prioritises bike movement over motor vehicles. This needs to include a network of dedicated cycle lanes that are direct, safe, convenient and segregated from traffic and pedestrians, that present a […]

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A city for people, not cars

Deliver on the Worcester City Masterplan to reduce the amount of space dedicated to vehicles, improving the public realm, reducing pollution and giving priority to people and nature. Many roads in the city (Lowesmore, City Walls, Deansway, Worcester Bridge etc) are completely dominated by vehicles with narrow pavements for pedestrians, difficult road crossings and the […]

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Level up Green Spaces

Some areas of the city are fortunate enough to have more green and play spaces than others. Towns fund could be used to improve play provision and access to green spaces for those areas which don’t currently have adequate play provision or access to green space.

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Community Centres

Improve all our existing Community Centres which are showing their age. Lypard Grange & Warndon being the exception. Improve the signage so that they can be found. Also improve the advertising for what is on in Worcester. Add some links to their own Websites.

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Improve the Commandery

I have not been to the Commandery for a while, because the last time I was there it was such a disappointing experience. Mostly empty rooms and the need to use an audio guide to imagine for yourself what it was like. I know that the building has had several uses during its lifetime, but […]

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More support for independent businesses

Smaller and cheaper shopping units available for start up small and independent businesses. Something similar to Spark:York would be great. More grant’s to support small businesses opening. And more awareness raised for what independent businesses are available in town. Shout about it and be proud. Not just bars/eateries but shops and retail too.

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Green Spaces

What the pandemic has driven home, even to the most hardened, anti-rural, urbanites, is how vitally important our green spaces are to everyone, for health and sanity. Any plans should ensure that no existing green spaces whatsoever are lost to development of any form. City centre and brownfield sites only, must be developed and any […]

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Pedestrianise Lowesmore

Lowesmore should be pedestrianised as part of a scheme to regenerate this part of the city. The street is completely dominated by traffic with pedestrians confined to narrow pavements. The street also suffers from poor air quality. Lowesmore is actually a really attractive and historic street with some great independent businesses and buildings. Imagine how […]

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Better Buses, Better Lives

Need to reverse the drastic decline in buses in the city and establish the regular, reliable services that the city needs. Better buses will reduce traffic congestion, improve access to training and employment opportunities, reduce social isolation, enable people to shop in the city centre help with air pollution and climate change. Communities should be […]

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Cycle path

A safe and dedicated cycle path from Malvern to worcester to encourage less car journeys and reduce the long queues in the mornings. It would reduce the pollution as well

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ART ART ART AND MORE ART

More art-art for everyone! Art as therapy! Accessible art! Contemporary Art! Art open to all! Improve art and artisan skills and enrich past-times! Art is food for the mind! Open the Worcester University art section to the public (don’t be so aloof) with some community initiatives – liaise with Worcester Art Centre/support the Worcester Art […]

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Parking.

More people would use the city centre if there was more parking at a decent price (less than £1 /hour. The first 90 minutes should be free for on street parking to allow people to pop in. Also improve the buses! They need to be frequent, reliable and clean.

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Festivals

Small one or two day festivala for small buiness and starting up buiness to sell on the high street, from small food stalls ro crafts to advertising yiu buiness.

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Weekend City Breaks

Worcester should be a destination for weekend City Breaks. It has history and the whole city is small enough to get around by walking or bike. It should be the next York. 1. Attractions such as the City Museum open on Sundays 2. Clear signage from the train stations to attractions 3. Bike hire with […]

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Pop Ups – independent businesses

The city would massively benefit from doing a regular food event like Birmingham’s Digbeth Dining Club. This will help indepent food businesses to become more established and maybe enabling them to move into a more permanent premise if that was something they wanted. The region has some incredible produce and talented chefs which should be […]

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Transport links

Whilst the train service is not controlled by the council they should be liaising with the relevant companies regarding the appaling service offered. Worcester is a lovely place to live and should be prime commuter area for those working in Birmingham like myself. However after moving here it is becoming harder and harder to maintain […]

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Transport

The current road network is insufficient for the current population let alone trying to encourage more businesses to come to the area and therefore an increasing population. In particular the access across the river needs to be urgently addressed both in terms of daily commuting and in terms of combatting any future floods as disruptive […]

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Please fix pavements/footpaths

A lot of the pavements and footpaths are old and are crumpling, have holes and are not safe – especially Bromwich Road area and other parts of St. John’s. Add bike lanes to encourage cycling – I’m terrified to bike on the road as unfortunately a lot of people drive carelessly, so have to go […]

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Support the return of the City’s football club to a facility that enables it to thrive as a community club.

The city council need to recognise the importance of its football club as an asset that is key to its community. WCFC recently became a supporter owned club- owned by the fans, the people of Worcester. It not only has a proud football history representing the city but it also serves the wider community socially, […]

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Develop the city for future generations

Worcester is plagued by the long absence of ambition to attract advanced industry that provides higher salaries and skill sets. Instead, we attract low paying, low skilled, low density employment in warehouses and distribution facilities, whilst neighbouring cities develop highly successful business parks containing aerospace, research, biotechnology and digital industries. Worcester also suffers from an […]

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River tourism, green space and concerts

Our river location is not utilised like many other cities like London, Oxford, Cambridge and even Stratford-upon-Avon which is tiny in comparison. We need boat trips and pop up entertainment/street food etc to bring in tourism, plus more historical marketing. Not enough is done in any of these areas. We also need a another bridge […]

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City Centre

Relax planning and allow a3 in city centre Shops / premises and surrounding areas this could bring new life to those areas and give competition getting only the best businesses to survive

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Help people find work

Reed in Partnership, part of the recruitment firm Reed, have helped many other areas, including Hereford reduce unemployment by helping people get into work. They offer a complete scheme, with training courses, direct links with many employers and more. One great part of their work is that they often use contracts that don’t see them […]

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Entertainment/things to do

I moved to Worcester from liverpool and as someone from a big city, Worcester is lacking many things for entertainment and things to do. I think a large arena which can be used for concerts, comedy/kids shows etc would be beneficial to Worcester as it also creates more jobs. A party boat with a different […]

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Park and Ride

Let’s really look hard at providing an all electric park and ride bus scheme and linking it up to new and existing cycle routes around the city, to help deal with some of the issues others have highlighted, including congestion, pollution and commuting times. Instead of building a new bridge, let’s investigate pedestrianising large proportions […]

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RIVER TOURISM

Unlike many cities across the U.K., Worcester boasts a natural element running right through the heart of the city – The River Severn. Yet, this beautiful asset is not used to its full potential. Look at other towns like Stratford Upon Avon, who maximise their river through tourism. Worcester could definitely do the same. The […]

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Encourage people to give their cars up.

Worcester Council declared a climate emergency, and car use is a major contributor to this. The realisation with Covid 19 lockdown to just how much space vehicles have compared to pedestrians & cyclists should be a game changer. Society has a number of issues including obesity and pollution which could be improved markedly if car […]

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New Bridge

A new bridge is needed across the River Severn to the north side of the city. This would allow easy access to the M5 and reduce congestion in the city centre which was not designed to cope with high levels of traffic. This should include pedestrian access to open up the beautiful countryside on either […]

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Small Business Units

Worcester has seen the building of new industrial, trade counter and workshop units in recent years with developments off Tolladine Road and WorcesterSix off Jct 6 of the M5 as examples. It would be beneficial to many smaller traders and businesses (SME’s) to have developments like this incorporate smaller units that are more affordable in […]

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History

Worcester has a fantastic and interesting historical past that I think could be made more of to encourage more tourists.

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Car Park at Worcester Royal Hospital

The car park at Worcestershire Royal Hospital is regularly at capacity, making it difficult for visitors or people who are trying to get to an appointment on time and instead have to drive around in circles until a space becomes available. Instead of this, or people simply parking and blocking in other drivers, a larger […]

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Cycle paths

I had the privilege of visiting Copenhagen last Christmas. It was cold, wet and dark, yet people were cycling everywhere. The traffic on Worcester is unacceptable with all of the congestion and its pollution. People are driving to work when they are within walking and/or cycling distance. There should be more incentives for people to […]

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Another bridge

Another bridge should be added to Worcester in order to ease congestion at peak times of the day. This should be built at the north side of the city, possibly off from the roundabout at Claines, which connects the A449 to Worcester. This would ease considerable pressure on the city centre bridges and create another […]

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Town

Buses, flood barriers, the hospital these all need improving

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Roads

Repair the existing road network along with improvements, potholes are everywhere and some of the road surfaces become like ice when wet.

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Keeping jobs

I think all this money with the recent covid-19 issues and people loosing their sources of income, it should be spent on providing wages and a source of income for the cities citizens, keeping them safe, strong and secure for the future.

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Safer cycle routes

Off road cycle routes to connect the outer villages to the city centre. Would encourage people that do not feel safe cycling on the roads to start getting out on their bikes to cycle for pleasure or commuting. Could add to the reduction of pollution, reduction in congestion on the roads around peak times, health […]

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Plant trees

To help with soaking up the flood plains let’s buy and plant trees in and around some of the areas to lower the damage that is caused by flooding each year. Even better let’s get the children and schools involved. This should cut the costs down and they are learning about environmental preservation and it’s […]

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Mini mall outside of town centre

Have a new ‘mini mall’ type place like merry hill set just outside of the city centre. Big brand names and chains can locate here and allow small independent businesses to thrive on the high street. Lower the rent for these business on the high street and give them a chance. More people will be […]

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Inspiring outdoor spaces

Spaces for people to be able to meet and enjoy open, creative spaces. Gardens, sculpture, trails, interactive installations, covered shelters. Youngsters need safe and pleasant places to meet their friends so they aren’t confined to walking streets or fast food outlets or uninspiring areas of grass in amongst concrete jungles. We should take ideas from […]

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Play and youth provision

I would like to suggest a skate park in the south of the city, for example there is plenty of room on the large park near Diglis Water. This would provide local youngsters with somewhere to practice their skills and avoid the current situation of them becoming a nuisance to local residents and in the […]

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Green spaces

The proposed development using the rail viaduct to link the centre to the Hive area should have as much in the way of plants as possible. Specifically vertical green walls of plants to soften the area, feel nicer, provide insect habitat, reduce pollution.

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Green spaces

The proposed development using the rail viaduct to link the centre to the Hive area should have as much in the way of plants as possible. Specifically vertical green walls of plants to soften the area, feel nicer, provide insect habitat, reduce pollution.

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River Tourism

Worcester has space around the river to have pop up businesses down the river front along with the utilisation of parks. Additionally, boats and punting could be available or trips down the river along with paddle boats and canoes etc. Bike hire. Markets and stalls could feature for events. Pop up restaurants and food markets, […]

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Play and youth provision

I would like to suggest a skate park in the south of the city, for example there is plenty of room on the large park near Diglis Water. This would provide local youngsters with somewhere to practice their skills and avoid the current situation of them becoming a nuisance to local residents and in the […]

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Jobs

New Jobs for people with bad grades or help people get jobs

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Athletics facilities

Some sort of upgrade to athletics facilities in the town, in the form of either a public track that is open for casual use without having to book the entire thing for extortionate prices off a private company, or some degree of indoor facility, or something to encourage individual participation in our countries favourite Olympic […]

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Safety

Need some safety cctv in old warndon WR4 . And some speed camera on cranam Drive More police patrols Thank you

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Invest in local and independent

The high street is dying and it’s no wonder. I don’t need a record store to listen to music or watch films any more, if I want clothes I can buy at ASOS or any of the current high street retailers online, often with speedy delivery and no costs incurred for returns. Recent development in […]

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Cycle routed

In order to get people out of cars we need a dedicated cycling network that protects cyclists from car/bus/lorry traffic. Currently the cycle routes are not fit for purpose or single use, i.e. they are shared with either pedestrians or motorised traffic, making it dangerous for both. Where there are lanes in roads there are […]

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Install Full Fibre in Worcester

Upgrading the green cabinets to full fibre will ensure that the residents and businesses that require a much faster connection than the standard 50mbps average will have the option to pay for the better internet. File sizes are growing and to be able to send them over the network faster and more efficiently a full […]

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Worcester Walk in Centre

The introduction of a new walk in centre, for minor injuries to take some pressure of the A and E unit at Royal Worcester Hospital. To reduce wait times and then the A and E can be used for its intention rather than being used for minor injuries etc.

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An adequate music venue

A music venue that can hold over say, 500 people, for larger touring bands to visit. Perhaps this could also be somewhere for art and music to grow for the people and students now living in Worcester. A social and cultural space, preferably with a good atmosphere as an added bonus

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Cycle infrastructure

More cycle paths through and around Worcester, this would help ease congestion on the roads and would promote cycling through the city. Safer and secure bike lock points that are actually monitored by CCTV as bike crime around the area is quite large. In recent years the council has decided to ban cycling through the […]

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Bike lanes

Introduce more bike lanes throughout the city as there are currently very few, introduce a scheme like the Beryl bikes in Hereford, reducing congestion and pollution.

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Burger King

I think a Burger King would benefit the city. My reasoning behind this is because it’s a pain in the backside to travel all the way to Birmingham, Dudley or Redditch. We need a Burger King! Some people have never had a Burger King because this city doesn’t have one.

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Activities

More activities and leisure activities for teenagers and young adults as there is hardly anything here at the moment

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Invest in Superfast Broadband

Families are increasingly using more internet data with streaming and other services. However, in some parts of Worcester internet speeds have remained stagnant for years. It’s frustrating that streets minutes away have up to 5x the speed available. I suggest that work be done to reduce the disparity between the areas where for example 50mbps […]

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Trees

Plant more trees across the city and transform spaces into parks and gardens. Our city needs its lungs to help reduce our impact on Global heating by CO2 emissions.

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Tougher hard drug enforcement

I’m fed up of seeing my city ruined my methed up smackheads! It makes coming into the town centre really unpleasant and sometimes quite frightening. There are too many people openly dealing and using drugs in broad daylight with no one stopping them. I realise there are some that do have a problem with addiction […]

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New Jobs

Help people get jobs with bad grades. As no one want to hire those people such as my self.

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Off road bike trails

There are so many walking paths around Worcester but none can accommodate bicycles. Lots of kids pull off wheelies in the city which is a dangerous nuisance but nothing is being done to solve this. Current walking paths could easily be transformed into off road cycling paths with little cost which would make space for […]

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Family Nightlife

Invest money in creating a vibrant and entertaining nightlife for families such as street performers, outdoor food stalls and other entertainment that is family friendly in the evening. Particularly in the Summer when the evenings are lighter

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Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Create a new wing or block to help ease the amount of space available. No more people resting out in corridors which is humiliating and also impractical. This hospital often has A&Es from people from Hereford, Cardiff and surrounding areas. A project put forward to help the staff and workforce or even apprenticeship levels to […]

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Flood defences

Worcester sits on the River Severn, and as such critical transport links, homes and businesses are vulnerable to flooding. Flooding can have devastating personal, environmental and economic costs. It is essential that future-looking investment is made to provide adequate flood defences for the city, and to create flood alleviation and balancing areas that will be […]

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