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Let’s sort out this gull problem
12:20pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
LATE-night litter and scavenging seagulls are among the things users of Worcester High Street would like to see changed most urgently.
In recent days, our special report has highlighted plans by the city council to ‘sort out our city centre’, offering readers of your Worcester News the chance to have their say.
And among the common complaints were calls to deal with the seagull population, as well as the litter left behind by revellers at weekends – which are both on the council’s hit list.
Susan Smith, of Worces-ter, suggested more help was needed for businesses to boost the city centre.
“I would suggest massive incentives and lower rates to encourage new businesses to rent the multitude of empty properties in the centre of town, instead of filling the high street with a sea of charity shops,” she said.
And Dan, also from Worces-ter, said: “There are too many seagulls in Worcester – you can’t go out to Worcester without seeing at least one.”
Meanwhile, writing on our Facebook page at facebook .com/theworcesternews, George Smith said: “The seagulls are the biggest problem.
“I live down by the river and have to clean my windows all the time. It’s not good – get them out please.”
Katie Widdop said her big complaint was “Sunday night litter in the main shopping areas”.
However, some defended the city centre, including Facebook user Matt Bird, who said: “What’s wrong with it? Have I missed something somewhere? “Some nice little cafes and outdoor seating, and Friar Street is every bit as charming as anywhere else.
“Maybe your Oxfords and your Harrogates use their history to their advantage more, but only a bit more, but do we really want the inherent pretentiousness that goes hand-in-hand?”
And Leigh Robinson defended cyclists, after the council suggested inconsiderate riders as being an issue.
He said: “Cyclists are not an issue. This city is aspiring to be a university city in the same vein as Oxford and Cambridge.
“Cyclists have become an increasing target for negative publicity and it just isn’'t fair, or justified.
“If cyclists didn’'t make the journeys they make the roads would soon become extremely congested. Too many short-sighted individuals is the real problem. People who lack vision.”
The results of a poll at worcesternews.co.uk showed the majority of those who voted saw free parking for shoppers as the biggest positive change they would like to see for the city centre, with 47 per cent of respondents backing the move yesterday.
Cutting down on seagulls was the second-most popular suggestion, with 27 per cent of the vote.
Clamping down on A-boards was seen as the most positive move by 10 per cent of voters, with improved bin collections backed by one per cent. Alternatives, not inc-luding any of the options presented, were backed by 15 per cent of voters.
You can still have your say at worcesternews.co.uk/citycentre.
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