MORE needs to be done to protect the future of Droitwich Spa’s High Street, according to concerned residents and traders.

Worries about the future of High Street was amongst a number of issues put forward at this year’s annual town meeting.

The gathering of residents with councillors and other group representatives took place at Droitwich Community Hall, Heritage Way, last night.

The event aims to give people the chance to raise any concerns with Droitwich Spa Town Council, Wychavon District Council and Worcestershire County Council. It also gives residents the opportunity to hear details of the work of the town council over the past 12 months.

The first item to be raised saw residents and traders agreeing that plans need to be put in place to help High Street businesses.

The issue was highlighted following a recent application to open another take-away in the area.

Les Bowl, from High Street store Happy Pets, asked: “What is being done to support businesses in the area and how is the town council going to help?”

One residents said that more needs to done to attract better businesses to the street and that a plan needs to be put in place to improve the area and to stop current traders worrying about the future.

Town and county councillor Pam Davey reassured those in attendance that plans are in place to deal with the issue. She said: “The authority, while it can’t influence rents applied by landlords, can do more. It can make it more attractive for people to visit.

“Traders are going to get together soon and High Street improvements will be discussed then. Plans are afoot.”

Another issue discussed at the meeting was the decision by Droitwich Spa Town Council not to support the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan.

John Armstrong, from For Droitwich Spa, outlined the town’s need for a Neighbourhood Plan before Councillor Ken Jennings defended the town council’s decision against the scheme.

The problem of people drinking and smoking drugs in Droitwich was highlighted to a police representative.

William Moy, from campaign group SOBBS (Save Our Brine Baths), also appealed for support from the town council to help get the facility reopened.

Before people had chance to air their views, reports were heard from the Mayor of Droitwich and the chairmen of the resources committee, planning committee and communities and amenities committee.