I'm backing Worcester to thrive, says council managing director

Worcester News: Duncan Sharkey, the managing director of Worcester City Council Duncan Sharkey, the managing director of Worcester City Council

THE city council’s managing director has issued a rallying call for more people to be proud of Worcester - saying it has incredible potential to get even better.

Duncan Sharkey says Worcester has come out of the recession remarkably well placed, unlike other cities where shopping, jobs and leisure have been in decline.

Now he wants to focus on bringing better paid jobs to the city, saying securing more big business investment is the key to unlocking its future.

He also says the Faithful City already has a key advantage of many other parts of Britain to foreign investors - its “quintessential Englishness”.

He said: “We’ve come out of the recession in pretty good shape and what the last few years show is that we can still attract investment, even if the economy is tough.

“There is so much potential in Worcester, there are ideas and areas we’ve identified ourselves but also more ideas we don’t know about.

“The overall objective is to get more ‘gross value added’ jobs that pay more wages and result in more spending power going into the city, as well as creating greater numbers of jobs.

“We know we’ve got some very good jobs, but we could attract more.”

He also said Worcester has been more successful than people give it credit for. “The bottom line is that Worcester is successful, full stop.

"But if more investors want to come here, the time is now,” he said.

“One of the great things about Worcester is its quintessential Englishness - if you are an international investor looking at somewhere which appeals, this is it.

“It’s a fantastic city with great schools, it’s very safe, there’s good leisure and culture, so let’s be proud of what Worcester is.

“We need to grow what we’re good at already and now the economy is picking up, it’s time to go for that growth.”

The council is in the process of refreshing its city centre masterplan, a document which aims to regenerate the core retail area.

It includes the Cornmarket car park and Trinity House, the former Co-Op in Trinity Street and Queen Street, which is up for sale to major developers.

The aim is to sell the land to a bidder prepared to create an entirely new shopping area - providing a key link between the High Street and the £75m St Martin’s Quarter complex.

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7:24pm Fri 20 Dec 13

CJH says...

We have a managing director? Blimey.
We have a managing director? Blimey. CJH

11:26pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Landy44 says...

@CJH : Exactly! Who has even heard of this position of the incumbent?

To the point - who is he kidding?

"Worcester(shire)" has squandered it's former position and opportunities over more years than I care to think of. It really is too late now given the state of the Western world financially, but if the council really want a city to be proud of they need to cut red tape, cut costs, cut taxes, reduce the side of local government, support commerce and business and stop wasting OUR monrey and our children's future.

It's WAY too late really, but I'd like to at least see them TRY!
@CJH : Exactly! Who has even heard of this position of the incumbent? To the point - who is he kidding? "Worcester(shire)" has squandered it's former position and opportunities over more years than I care to think of. It really is too late now given the state of the Western world financially, but if the council really want a city to be proud of they need to cut red tape, cut costs, cut taxes, reduce the side of local government, support commerce and business and stop wasting OUR monrey and our children's future. It's WAY too late really, but I'd like to at least see them TRY! Landy44

7:51am Sat 21 Dec 13

MikeA says...

Guidance from the European Lamp Companies Federation reads:

“Precautionary measures with regard to children.
The lens of a child’s eye filters blue light less efficiently than an adult’s lens. Children are thus more sensitive to blue light hazard. Therefore, at places frequented by children particular care must be taken to ensure that lamps and luminaires are chosen and installed in such a way as to avoid people looking directly into the light source.”

In Worcester we have 347 High-Brightness LEDs at eye-height for small children. There is nothing stopping small children from looking directly into these bare LEDs at the bollard transparencies along our riverside walk which passes below Worcester Cathedral.

There is nothing that can be described as portraying “quintessential Englishness” characteristics about these cheap and nasty lights.

Is Duncan Sharkey proud of this?
Guidance from the European Lamp Companies Federation reads: “Precautionary measures with regard to children. The lens of a child’s eye filters blue light less efficiently than an adult’s lens. Children are thus more sensitive to blue light hazard. Therefore, at places frequented by children particular care must be taken to ensure that lamps and luminaires are chosen and installed in such a way as to avoid people looking directly into the light source.” In Worcester we have 347 High-Brightness LEDs at eye-height for small children. There is nothing stopping small children from looking directly into these bare LEDs at the bollard transparencies along our riverside walk which passes below Worcester Cathedral. There is nothing that can be described as portraying “quintessential Englishness” characteristics about these cheap and nasty lights. Is Duncan Sharkey proud of this? MikeA

10:54am Sat 21 Dec 13

jb says...

Duncan Sharkey says Worcester has come out of the recession remarkably well placed, unlike other cities where shopping, jobs and leisure have been in decline.

So there's no more job losses, shops closing, leisure centre reducing their opening hours or anything like that in Worcester? ..... Does he read the WN?
Duncan Sharkey says Worcester has come out of the recession remarkably well placed, unlike other cities where shopping, jobs and leisure have been in decline. So there's no more job losses, shops closing, leisure centre reducing their opening hours or anything like that in Worcester? ..... Does he read the WN? jb

7:33pm Sat 21 Dec 13

b1ackb1rd says...

Managing Director ?
The organisation is top heavy
Managing Director ? The organisation is top heavy b1ackb1rd

3:11pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

He also supported Geraghty in his disgraceful actions when he (Geraghty ) threw the disabled off St Swithun Streets in favour of the Taxis.
But Then Sharkey looks a Typical Tory or perhaps Herr Flick off Allo Allo??
He also supported Geraghty in his disgraceful actions when he (Geraghty ) threw the disabled off St Swithun Streets in favour of the Taxis. But Then Sharkey looks a Typical Tory or perhaps Herr Flick off Allo Allo?? Jabbadad

6:42pm Sun 22 Dec 13

lilboo says...

Utter joke of a position, over paid and still supported by two corporate directors!
Utter joke of a position, over paid and still supported by two corporate directors! lilboo

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