Calls for a new 'green lung' in Worcester city centre

Worcester News: The Cornmarket and Trinity House site: up for sale The Cornmarket and Trinity House site: up for sale

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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8:16am Mon 3 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

A large park and market square gets my vote.

Can't see it happening though as the Council(s) won't be able to get the millions they're hoping for.
A large park and market square gets my vote. Can't see it happening though as the Council(s) won't be able to get the millions they're hoping for. Hwicce

8:26am Mon 3 Feb 14

lovelyjubbly says...

A market would be great as our Angel place market is pathetic. If they plant trees they will be chopping them down in a fews years saying they planted the wrong sort, too big too many leaves etc etc.....
A market would be great as our Angel place market is pathetic. If they plant trees they will be chopping them down in a fews years saying they planted the wrong sort, too big too many leaves etc etc..... lovelyjubbly

9:04am Mon 3 Feb 14

jb says...

It's a lovely idea but i can foresee an area like this could attract certain individuals who tend to hang about the city centre and surrounding area during the day. Also revenue wise it's too valuable as a development site to be used for such a low income or extra Exoenditure venture .
It's a lovely idea but i can foresee an area like this could attract certain individuals who tend to hang about the city centre and surrounding area during the day. Also revenue wise it's too valuable as a development site to be used for such a low income or extra Exoenditure venture . jb

9:13am Mon 3 Feb 14

saucerer says...

A green space situated right next to one of the busiest, noisiest and most polluting roads in Worcester, yes, very tranquil and very green.

Worcester does need a green space in the city centre, but a far better location is required. I personally think that the 2 hideous college buildings either side of St Andrew's spire on Deansway should be demolished, along with the car park on Copenhagen Street, and the area turned in to some form of green space heading towards the river.

As for the Cornmarket and the old Co-op building, this should have been redeveloped at the same as St. Martins Gate to form one large, modern and inviting shopping centre. Worcester's existing shops are simply too small to cope with the large number of shoppers, while choice and stock is limited due to the size of the shops. A new shopping centre would have catered for today's needs, which would not only have brought in new names to the city, but would have breathed new life to the rest of the city centre's shopping area by attracting more visitors. Instead, we're left with a hideous building and car park and a new shopping area that is not only half-hearted, but is not exactly sparkling or attracting new retailers. A missed opportunity for Worcester yet again.
A green space situated right next to one of the busiest, noisiest and most polluting roads in Worcester, yes, very tranquil and very green. Worcester does need a green space in the city centre, but a far better location is required. I personally think that the 2 hideous college buildings either side of St Andrew's spire on Deansway should be demolished, along with the car park on Copenhagen Street, and the area turned in to some form of green space heading towards the river. As for the Cornmarket and the old Co-op building, this should have been redeveloped at the same as St. Martins Gate to form one large, modern and inviting shopping centre. Worcester's existing shops are simply too small to cope with the large number of shoppers, while choice and stock is limited due to the size of the shops. A new shopping centre would have catered for today's needs, which would not only have brought in new names to the city, but would have breathed new life to the rest of the city centre's shopping area by attracting more visitors. Instead, we're left with a hideous building and car park and a new shopping area that is not only half-hearted, but is not exactly sparkling or attracting new retailers. A missed opportunity for Worcester yet again. saucerer

12:08pm Mon 3 Feb 14

liketoknow says...

heard it all now. thousands of new homes being built on our countryside, and they want to put a green space right in the city centre.
heard it all now. thousands of new homes being built on our countryside, and they want to put a green space right in the city centre. liketoknow

2:17pm Tue 4 Feb 14

brooksider says...

Turn the Cornmarket into a Taxi Rank.
Remove the ranks from the High Street and The Foregate and give the spaces back to the disabled.
Turn the Cornmarket into a Taxi Rank. Remove the ranks from the High Street and The Foregate and give the spaces back to the disabled. brooksider

6:15pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Love it brooksider.
Love it brooksider. Jabbadad

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