Angel Place "letting the city down", says council leader

Angel Place "letting the city down", says council leader

The Market stalls on Angel Place, Worcester 4613452201 (8435851)

The Market stalls on Angel Place, Worcester 4613452202 (8435853)

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A BUSY shopping street in the centre of Worcester is “letting the city down”, a senior city politician has said.

Worcester City Council leader Cllr Simon Geraghty was speaking at a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Tuesday, July 29, where members agreed to plough an extra £65,000 into a project revamping the Angel Place market.

The cash will come from the £2.6 million government windfall the council received at the end of last year as part of the New Homes Bonus.

The £550,000 project, which is being run alongside CrownGate owners The Crown Estate and Worcestershire County Council, will see the run-down market area given a facelift over a three-month period in the hope it would become more attractive to passers-by.

Cllr Geraghty said he was pleased the area was being spruced up.

“At the moment I think Angel Place lets the city down,” he said.

“It’s not the environment we would like and I am pleased this is coming forward.

“It’s a good, ambitious scheme.”

The Crown Estate has agreed to surrender its lease of the market to the council for the 10-week project to begin and the council is currently seeking a new company to take it over. Whichever company is awarded the contract, expected to commence in October, will also be handed the responsibility of running the Victorian Christmas Fair.

The revamp, set to get underway at the start of September, will see the current market units torn out and replaced with modern, moveable stands while the street area is repaved.

Cllr David Wilkinson presented the plans at Tuesday’s meeting, where he described it as “excellent”.

“I’m really pleased to see this coming forward and I support it,” he said.

Currently around 16 regular stallholders operate from Angel Place and the council is working on a plan to move them elsewhere so they can continue to work while the project is underway.

It is hoped the project will increase the amount of visitors to Worcester as well as the amount they spend, boost footfall through the city centre as well as help the marketplace to thrive.

The scheme also aims to ensure the market caters for all ages and demographics as well as helping new enterprises to get started.

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4:18pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Sue Russell says...

I hope the repaving is better than that on the High Street.
I hope the repaving is better than that on the High Street. Sue Russell
  • Score: 10

1:32pm Thu 31 Jul 14

grumpychef says...

It would be good if a fresh veg and decent meat stall take up a full time role
better than the sub standard fruit and veg sold there at the moment
and as for the meat van ,it is all so very substandard
other towns/city,s manage to have fresh produce but not
Worcester
But I doubt it will happen ,more cheap clothes and phones
It would be good if a fresh veg and decent meat stall take up a full time role better than the sub standard fruit and veg sold there at the moment and as for the meat van ,it is all so very substandard other towns/city,s manage to have fresh produce but not Worcester But I doubt it will happen ,more cheap clothes and phones grumpychef
  • Score: 14

3:34pm Thu 31 Jul 14

CHANDBRUSH says...

Crowngate shops are half unoccupied they cannot keep the escalator working .The Council.is closing the Park and Ride
There is no hope for retail in Worcester
Crowngate shops are half unoccupied they cannot keep the escalator working .The Council.is closing the Park and Ride There is no hope for retail in Worcester CHANDBRUSH
  • Score: 10

3:46pm Thu 31 Jul 14

originalG says...

I have said this before but here goes:

- NEW stalls - new LIFE - we did an injection of life into the area!
- Vintage stalls, fresh food, maybe even fresh bread? Look at other towns and cities and see the difference, it is staggering!
- SEATING - is needs to be somewhere for people to congregate and a nice place to relax, get a coffee - not just a passing through road to get to the high street
PLANTS/TREES - the area is very concrete and not attractive
-Tidy up the current stalls - they are ugly.
- Offer options for more stalls - we need change/vibrancy
- More bins to stop the SEAGULLS. (That is another issue completely)
- General cleanliness- anyone noticed how shabby it looks recently
- Demolish Crowngate (wishful thinking I know, but god, a useless, empty EYESORE)
I have said this before but here goes: - NEW stalls - new LIFE - we did an injection of life into the area! - Vintage stalls, fresh food, maybe even fresh bread? Look at other towns and cities and see the difference, it is staggering! - SEATING - is needs to be somewhere for people to congregate and a nice place to relax, get a coffee - not just a passing through road to get to the high street PLANTS/TREES - the area is very concrete and not attractive -Tidy up the current stalls - they are ugly. - Offer options for more stalls - we need change/vibrancy - More bins to stop the SEAGULLS. (That is another issue completely) - General cleanliness- anyone noticed how shabby it looks recently - Demolish Crowngate (wishful thinking I know, but god, a useless, empty EYESORE) originalG
  • Score: 32

3:53pm Thu 31 Jul 14

goodygoody says...

Angel Place is a scruffy dump as is Angel Street. It also has a smell of rotting cabbages about it that confirms you are indeed in Worcester. Any improvements would be welcome especially if it included a dozen or so bulldozers.
Angel Place is a scruffy dump as is Angel Street. It also has a smell of rotting cabbages about it that confirms you are indeed in Worcester. Any improvements would be welcome especially if it included a dozen or so bulldozers. goodygoody
  • Score: 17

3:58pm Thu 31 Jul 14

apching says...

I'd like to see more stalls to be honest. It seems like a token gesture having only 16 stalls and hardly worth bothering. I don't know why we don't take more of a european approach in this country and have a big market that sells all sorts once a week. When we do have specialist markets they're a great success. Worcester could lead the way and have a market selling all sorts. It's a gerat way of encouraging people into town and new businesses to enter the retail sector (and perhaps help those to continue that are strucggling in shops). With us being in the heart of rural England, there are surely plenty of potential traders for fresh, locally grown produce - sold alongside clothes, gadgets, flowers etc etc.
I'd like to see more stalls to be honest. It seems like a token gesture having only 16 stalls and hardly worth bothering. I don't know why we don't take more of a european approach in this country and have a big market that sells all sorts once a week. When we do have specialist markets they're a great success. Worcester could lead the way and have a market selling all sorts. It's a gerat way of encouraging people into town and new businesses to enter the retail sector (and perhaps help those to continue that are strucggling in shops). With us being in the heart of rural England, there are surely plenty of potential traders for fresh, locally grown produce - sold alongside clothes, gadgets, flowers etc etc. apching
  • Score: 17

5:38pm Thu 31 Jul 14

citykid says...

What about the Lychgate!!! Doing up Angel Place is ok but there are too many empty shops in Worcester at moment due to the high rates, why not reduce the rates
What about the Lychgate!!! Doing up Angel Place is ok but there are too many empty shops in Worcester at moment due to the high rates, why not reduce the rates citykid
  • Score: 14

6:29pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Zig'Ob -StillAlive&Well says...

Well said goodygoody. Also CHANDBRUSH, but there are two extra words not required in your final sentence. Surely you mean "There is no hope for Worcester"?
Well said goodygoody. Also CHANDBRUSH, but there are two extra words not required in your final sentence. Surely you mean "There is no hope for Worcester"? Zig'Ob -StillAlive&Well
  • Score: -5

6:56pm Thu 31 Jul 14

markskoda says...

The adjoining bus station is also an absolute disgrace. The floor of the central island needs a good power wash and there is green growth on the clear tops of the outside shelters that has been there for years. Overhanging trees are never tended to and rubbish bins and seats look filthy and are broken. Cigarette butts lay in the gutters for months on end and the whole place has a dilapidated air, not helped by glass never being cleaned. It's beginning to look like the old and not missed Midland Red bus station in the centre of Birmingham. It's a pity that just a good clean which would improve things dramatically seems to be beyond the operator.
The adjoining bus station is also an absolute disgrace. The floor of the central island needs a good power wash and there is green growth on the clear tops of the outside shelters that has been there for years. Overhanging trees are never tended to and rubbish bins and seats look filthy and are broken. Cigarette butts lay in the gutters for months on end and the whole place has a dilapidated air, not helped by glass never being cleaned. It's beginning to look like the old and not missed Midland Red bus station in the centre of Birmingham. It's a pity that just a good clean which would improve things dramatically seems to be beyond the operator. markskoda
  • Score: 16

10:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Supporting shops x says...

citykid wrote:
What about the Lychgate!!! Doing up Angel Place is ok but there are too many empty shops in Worcester at moment due to the high rates, why not reduce the rates
The lychgate is being done soon, and yes I agree the rates are too high, I own Amorè gift shop in Pump St and I am appealing against mine. It's very hard.
[quote][p][bold]citykid[/bold] wrote: What about the Lychgate!!! Doing up Angel Place is ok but there are too many empty shops in Worcester at moment due to the high rates, why not reduce the rates[/p][/quote]The lychgate is being done soon, and yes I agree the rates are too high, I own Amorè gift shop in Pump St and I am appealing against mine. It's very hard. Supporting shops x
  • Score: 6

10:47pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Supporting shops x says...

As a shop owner in Worcester I think this is a good idea and it should be made bigger and better to get more people here, I find visitors love coming here, they are the ones that buy.
As a shop owner in Worcester I think this is a good idea and it should be made bigger and better to get more people here, I find visitors love coming here, they are the ones that buy. Supporting shops x
  • Score: 4

7:14am Fri 1 Aug 14

Happypunter says...

Worcester market has many repeat customers and happy ones, please can some of those post comments, it's a shame it's only the bad ones.
It's not the traders faults that this renovation has been a long time coming, don't forget this is people's jobs and their income , please consider this , it's hard finding jobs in the current climate and traders are here to provide goods at good value prices. Yes angel place is tatty but that's now about to change let's encourage it instead of putting it down.
Worcester market has many repeat customers and happy ones, please can some of those post comments, it's a shame it's only the bad ones. It's not the traders faults that this renovation has been a long time coming, don't forget this is people's jobs and their income , please consider this , it's hard finding jobs in the current climate and traders are here to provide goods at good value prices. Yes angel place is tatty but that's now about to change let's encourage it instead of putting it down. Happypunter
  • Score: 3

7:18am Fri 1 Aug 14

Happypunter says...

originalG wrote:
I have said this before but here goes:

- NEW stalls - new LIFE - we did an injection of life into the area!
- Vintage stalls, fresh food, maybe even fresh bread? Look at other towns and cities and see the difference, it is staggering!
- SEATING - is needs to be somewhere for people to congregate and a nice place to relax, get a coffee - not just a passing through road to get to the high street
PLANTS/TREES - the area is very concrete and not attractive
-Tidy up the current stalls - they are ugly.
- Offer options for more stalls - we need change/vibrancy
- More bins to stop the SEAGULLS. (That is another issue completely)
- General cleanliness- anyone noticed how shabby it looks recently
- Demolish Crowngate (wishful thinking I know, but god, a useless, empty EYESORE)
More stalls cannot always be provide due to it being a small street market, the variety is here just on different days . I'm a trader and it's hard at the moment we just need our regulars to stick with us and Hopefully the new look will encourage new ones.
[quote][p][bold]originalG[/bold] wrote: I have said this before but here goes: - NEW stalls - new LIFE - we did an injection of life into the area! - Vintage stalls, fresh food, maybe even fresh bread? Look at other towns and cities and see the difference, it is staggering! - SEATING - is needs to be somewhere for people to congregate and a nice place to relax, get a coffee - not just a passing through road to get to the high street PLANTS/TREES - the area is very concrete and not attractive -Tidy up the current stalls - they are ugly. - Offer options for more stalls - we need change/vibrancy - More bins to stop the SEAGULLS. (That is another issue completely) - General cleanliness- anyone noticed how shabby it looks recently - Demolish Crowngate (wishful thinking I know, but god, a useless, empty EYESORE)[/p][/quote]More stalls cannot always be provide due to it being a small street market, the variety is here just on different days . I'm a trader and it's hard at the moment we just need our regulars to stick with us and Hopefully the new look will encourage new ones. Happypunter
  • Score: 3

7:59am Fri 1 Aug 14

Happypunter says...

Happypunter wrote:
originalG wrote:
I have said this before but here goes:

- NEW stalls - new LIFE - we did an injection of life into the area!
- Vintage stalls, fresh food, maybe even fresh bread? Look at other towns and cities and see the difference, it is staggering!
- SEATING - is needs to be somewhere for people to congregate and a nice place to relax, get a coffee - not just a passing through road to get to the high street
PLANTS/TREES - the area is very concrete and not attractive
-Tidy up the current stalls - they are ugly.
- Offer options for more stalls - we need change/vibrancy
- More bins to stop the SEAGULLS. (That is another issue completely)
- General cleanliness- anyone noticed how shabby it looks recently
- Demolish Crowngate (wishful thinking I know, but god, a useless, empty EYESORE)
More stalls cannot always be provide due to it being a small street market, the variety is here just on different days . I'm a trader and it's hard at the moment we just need our regulars to stick with us and Hopefully the new look will encourage new ones.
We would love a bread stall but due to the bakery in angel place it's not really worth it.
[quote][p][bold]Happypunter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]originalG[/bold] wrote: I have said this before but here goes: - NEW stalls - new LIFE - we did an injection of life into the area! - Vintage stalls, fresh food, maybe even fresh bread? Look at other towns and cities and see the difference, it is staggering! - SEATING - is needs to be somewhere for people to congregate and a nice place to relax, get a coffee - not just a passing through road to get to the high street PLANTS/TREES - the area is very concrete and not attractive -Tidy up the current stalls - they are ugly. - Offer options for more stalls - we need change/vibrancy - More bins to stop the SEAGULLS. (That is another issue completely) - General cleanliness- anyone noticed how shabby it looks recently - Demolish Crowngate (wishful thinking I know, but god, a useless, empty EYESORE)[/p][/quote]More stalls cannot always be provide due to it being a small street market, the variety is here just on different days . I'm a trader and it's hard at the moment we just need our regulars to stick with us and Hopefully the new look will encourage new ones.[/p][/quote]We would love a bread stall but due to the bakery in angel place it's not really worth it. Happypunter
  • Score: 3

9:17pm Fri 1 Aug 14

originalG says...

The design is all wrong at the market, it seems to be just a walk through - i hope the new plan is much better.
There should be some sort of open forum in which residents put forth their ideas - that way the council could see things from our perspective - i.e. the shoppers and residents.

Does anyone know what is happening (officially) to Lychgate? Is the old Sainsbury's getting knocked down? I spoke to a shopkeeper in Lychgate and she said it was all getting demolished?

I hope for more seating, more green and a good overall clean. Maybe we need a crowd of volunteers to help and start raising standards in Worcester. It sure is getting quite scrappy these days and it's a real shame.

Also, I agree with the above comments about a fresh veg stall - or even entire market. We are in the heart of England and there are so many farms nearby - it would be amazing to have a little farmer's/local market once a week IN TOWN - as so many are difficult to get to for a lot of people. It would be a real treat!
The design is all wrong at the market, it seems to be just a walk through - i hope the new plan is much better. There should be some sort of open forum in which residents put forth their ideas - that way the council could see things from our perspective - i.e. the shoppers and residents. Does anyone know what is happening (officially) to Lychgate? Is the old Sainsbury's getting knocked down? I spoke to a shopkeeper in Lychgate and she said it was all getting demolished? I hope for more seating, more green and a good overall clean. Maybe we need a crowd of volunteers to help and start raising standards in Worcester. It sure is getting quite scrappy these days and it's a real shame. Also, I agree with the above comments about a fresh veg stall - or even entire market. We are in the heart of England and there are so many farms nearby - it would be amazing to have a little farmer's/local market once a week IN TOWN - as so many are difficult to get to for a lot of people. It would be a real treat! originalG
  • Score: 5

10:54am Sat 2 Aug 14

it700x says...

No outdoor stands apart from the Victorian Fare. Given the crap weather in Worcester a market should only be indoors.
No outdoor stands apart from the Victorian Fare. Given the crap weather in Worcester a market should only be indoors. it700x
  • Score: 1

6:41pm Mon 4 Aug 14

19joshua87 says...

Knock it all down and start again
Knock it all down and start again 19joshua87
  • Score: 0

1:41pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Hwicce says...

I would get rid of the market completely from Angel Place. It's just not big enough. Change it to a piazza type square and allow/encourage the premises around it to become cafes with outside seating. Also properly block off access through it so that it is really a pedestrian area.

The market should be moved to the Cornmarket car park. It's much bigger and would allow for a proper large market with the full range of fresh produce and general merchandise like Tewkesbury has.
I would get rid of the market completely from Angel Place. It's just not big enough. Change it to a piazza type square and allow/encourage the premises around it to become cafes with outside seating. Also properly block off access through it so that it is really a pedestrian area. The market should be moved to the Cornmarket car park. It's much bigger and would allow for a proper large market with the full range of fresh produce and general merchandise like Tewkesbury has. Hwicce
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Tue 5 Aug 14

obidanshinobi says...

Council leaders "letting the city down", says Angel Place

:)
Council leaders "letting the city down", says Angel Place :) obidanshinobi
  • Score: 2

10:12am Wed 6 Aug 14

green49 says...

A BUSY shopping street in the centre of Worcester is “letting the city down”, a senior city politician has said.

Worcester City Council leader Cllr Simon Geraghty was speaking at a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Tuesday, July 29, where members agreed to plough an extra £65,000 into a project revamping the Angel Place market.

The cash will come from the £2.6 million government windfall the council received at the end of last year as part of the New Homes Bonus.

Cllr Simon Geraghty should be spending all the money on new homes not trying to flog a dead horse, Angel place was ruined years ago, Worcester is a dying center you can tell by the empty shops, no one wants to come here.
A BUSY shopping street in the centre of Worcester is “letting the city down”, a senior city politician has said. Worcester City Council leader Cllr Simon Geraghty was speaking at a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Tuesday, July 29, where members agreed to plough an extra £65,000 into a project revamping the Angel Place market. The cash will come from the £2.6 million government windfall the council received at the end of last year as part of the New Homes Bonus. Cllr Simon Geraghty should be spending all the money on new homes not trying to flog a dead horse, Angel place was ruined years ago, Worcester is a dying center you can tell by the empty shops, no one wants to come here. green49
  • Score: -1

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