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Calls for a new 'green lung' in Worcester city centre
COULD Worcester's landmark Cornmarket site be turned into a tranquil green space for weary shoppers?
That's just one of YOUR suggestions for what Worcester City Council should approve for the area, which is up for sale for new development.
As your Worcester News revealed on Thursday, managing director Duncan Sharkey says the growth of online shopping means it may not become a high-end retail complex.
Instead, the net is being cast as wide as possible with a view to making it a genuine mixed-use leisure site.
Worcester News readers have been sending in their suggestions after our website asked them to offer ideas.
The site, including the entire 85-space Cornmarket car park and Trinity House, off Trinity Street, is available to the best private bidder with the right idea.
Reader Colin Jordan, 31, of Diglis, said: "What Worcester city centre would really benefit from is a 'green lung' where people can get away from the High Street and sit down.
"Imagine doing your shopping then being able to walk a few yards and sit down in a big park, with a few cafes, shops, and other things dotted around to browse.
"They could even give it a name that reflects its past, like Trinity Park."
Fellow reader Jane Martin said: "I have thought for some time the site of the Cornmarket and surrounding area should be turned into an area of parkland.
"The whole area is a concrete jungle and if we need to encourage people into the centre more retail outlets is not the answer.
"When was the last time Worcester considered offering it's residents a place of sanctuary for all regardless of age and with free access?"
Other said they were keen for it to offer a cultural recluse, such as an art gallery and restaurants.
Jim Powell, from Droitwich, said: "I go into Worcester a lot and if you try eating out Friday or Saturday, pretty much everywhere is packed.
"Even with all the restaurants Worcester has, it's obvious there is room for more and as this is so central, it could take quite a few of them.
"A casino wouldn't be a bad idea either. It needs to be a real mix to get people in."
The city council says it wants to create a link between the High Street and St Martin's Quarter by developing the entire complex.
The entire land up for sale spans 62,000 sq ft, and any buyer would have to guarantee at least one floor of leisure or retail, according to a development brief.
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