New multimillion pound plans put forward to revamp Cathedral Plaza

Exterior of the Cathedral Plaza, Worcester. Picture by Jonathan Barry 101453680

Exterior of the Cathedral Plaza, Worcester. Picture by Jonathan Barry 101453680.

Exterior of the Cathedral Plaza, Worcester. Picture by Jonathan Barry 101453680.

Exterior of the Cathedral Plaza, Worcester. Picture by Jonathan Barry 101453680

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A NEW multimillion pound investment has been put forward to regenerate an "unloved" part of the city.

The plans for Cathedral Plaza include seven new restaurants overlooking a public square in front of the Cathedral as well as a new look for the shops and a gym.

Similar plans for a ‘food quarter’ were first mooted in 2008 by the shopping centre's previous owners and received planning permission but were put on hold the following year because of the recession.

Now, Salmon Harvester Opportunity Fund, which bought Cathedral Plaza in 2013, has detailed a new scheme which it believes will improve the city and bring up to 100 jobs to the area.

The organisation says it will attract quality restaurant and retail businesses, including national names new to the city, as well as local businesses with aspirations to be part of the new look centre.

It wants to turn the centre into a place that meets the needs of modern retailers and restaurants.

The new public square would sit on the site of the current roundabout between Deansway and College Street.

Salmon Harvester aims to submit a planning application later this year and people will be asked to comment on the proposals as part of a public consultation.

The developer is working with both Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council on the plans.

David Wilkinson, chairman of the Worcester City planning committee, said: "The general concept is what we've seen before but the detail is new.

"We welcome proposals to enhance that part of the city.

"The one thing that is obvious is there are some difficult traffic issues that will need to be resolved."

Nick Webb of Salmon Harvester Opportunity Fund said: “Our proposals for Cathedral Plaza present a fantastic opportunity to regenerate a currently unloved part of the City to provide a new leisure offer and introduce a major new public space in front of the Cathedral."

The Dean of Worcester, the Very Reverend Peter Atkinson declined to comment on the plans.

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4:19pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Ted Elgar says...

Can't polish a turd... but you can roll it in glitter.
Can't polish a turd... but you can roll it in glitter. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 15

4:19pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Andrew Guy says...

The Lychgate, Travelodge and the multi-storey should all just be demolished to make way for the Elgar Symphony Hall. With a pedestrian-only square between it and the Cathedral, underground parking, a 4* hotel and high-end shops and restaurants built in and around - we'd get visitors by the thousands.
Any chance the developers will want to enhance our city like this - or will they just want to maximise profits by simply shoehorning in as many retail units as possible having bullied the council planners and ignored the public, as usual?
The Lychgate, Travelodge and the multi-storey should all just be demolished to make way for the Elgar Symphony Hall. With a pedestrian-only square between it and the Cathedral, underground parking, a 4* hotel and high-end shops and restaurants built in and around - we'd get visitors by the thousands. Any chance the developers will want to enhance our city like this - or will they just want to maximise profits by simply shoehorning in as many retail units as possible having bullied the council planners and ignored the public, as usual? Andrew Guy
  • Score: 30

4:22pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Ted Elgar says...

Are they going to knock down the NCP carpark and put a walkway back where Lich Street used ot be?
Taking a 5 minute detour round that heap of concrete is a real pain.
Are they going to knock down the NCP carpark and put a walkway back where Lich Street used ot be? Taking a 5 minute detour round that heap of concrete is a real pain. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 14

4:39pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ramona666 says...

The girls on the "see the new face of Cathedral Plaza" poster have wrinkles it's been there so long. I walked through Lychgate yesterday, what a sorry sight.
The girls on the "see the new face of Cathedral Plaza" poster have wrinkles it's been there so long. I walked through Lychgate yesterday, what a sorry sight. ramona666
  • Score: 12

4:42pm Wed 5 Mar 14

mrwrighty says...

Andrew Guy wrote:
The Lychgate, Travelodge and the multi-storey should all just be demolished to make way for the Elgar Symphony Hall. With a pedestrian-only square between it and the Cathedral, underground parking, a 4* hotel and high-end shops and restaurants built in and around - we'd get visitors by the thousands.
Any chance the developers will want to enhance our city like this - or will they just want to maximise profits by simply shoehorning in as many retail units as possible having bullied the council planners and ignored the public, as usual?
I'm with you. The city is lacking a venue to house decent concerts and shows. The Swan Theatre is too small. Rarely do we get decent acts and performances in Worcester.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew Guy[/bold] wrote: The Lychgate, Travelodge and the multi-storey should all just be demolished to make way for the Elgar Symphony Hall. With a pedestrian-only square between it and the Cathedral, underground parking, a 4* hotel and high-end shops and restaurants built in and around - we'd get visitors by the thousands. Any chance the developers will want to enhance our city like this - or will they just want to maximise profits by simply shoehorning in as many retail units as possible having bullied the council planners and ignored the public, as usual?[/p][/quote]I'm with you. The city is lacking a venue to house decent concerts and shows. The Swan Theatre is too small. Rarely do we get decent acts and performances in Worcester. mrwrighty
  • Score: 18

4:56pm Wed 5 Mar 14

CJH says...

mrwrighty wrote:
Andrew Guy wrote:
The Lychgate, Travelodge and the multi-storey should all just be demolished to make way for the Elgar Symphony Hall. With a pedestrian-only square between it and the Cathedral, underground parking, a 4* hotel and high-end shops and restaurants built in and around - we'd get visitors by the thousands.
Any chance the developers will want to enhance our city like this - or will they just want to maximise profits by simply shoehorning in as many retail units as possible having bullied the council planners and ignored the public, as usual?
I'm with you. The city is lacking a venue to house decent concerts and shows. The Swan Theatre is too small. Rarely do we get decent acts and performances in Worcester.
That's one of the functions of the new Worcester Arena isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]mrwrighty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew Guy[/bold] wrote: The Lychgate, Travelodge and the multi-storey should all just be demolished to make way for the Elgar Symphony Hall. With a pedestrian-only square between it and the Cathedral, underground parking, a 4* hotel and high-end shops and restaurants built in and around - we'd get visitors by the thousands. Any chance the developers will want to enhance our city like this - or will they just want to maximise profits by simply shoehorning in as many retail units as possible having bullied the council planners and ignored the public, as usual?[/p][/quote]I'm with you. The city is lacking a venue to house decent concerts and shows. The Swan Theatre is too small. Rarely do we get decent acts and performances in Worcester.[/p][/quote]That's one of the functions of the new Worcester Arena isn't it? CJH
  • Score: -9

6:57pm Wed 5 Mar 14

worcestersfinest says...

Lets hope they do a better job than st martins quarter where they just breed **** shops!!
Lets hope they do a better job than st martins quarter where they just breed **** shops!! worcestersfinest
  • Score: 17

10:08pm Wed 5 Mar 14

shirazmonster says...

Surely Deansgate is in Manchester ? Local knowledge is a definite plus in local journalism.
Surely Deansgate is in Manchester ? Local knowledge is a definite plus in local journalism. shirazmonster
  • Score: 1

1:02am Thu 6 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Worcester is well served by an extensive range of Eateries, so this has to be an overkill for so many new ones in such a confined arear and shows a definite lack of, if no planning vision at all..
Worcester is well served by an extensive range of Eateries, so this has to be an overkill for so many new ones in such a confined arear and shows a definite lack of, if no planning vision at all.. Jabbadad
  • Score: 15

7:59am Thu 6 Mar 14

solar1 says...

I thought we had been "in public discussion" a short time ago as to how to pedestrianise the area around the top end of the High Street, DeansWAY and the Cathedral.

Clearly the discussions did not tally with the planners ideas so public opinion put on hold AKA "binned".

The whole MODERN area of the Cathedral Plaza, (not the older former Russell & Dorrell building), multi-storey car park and flats etc need to be razed to the ground and something really outstanding built in place. The whole area currently looks a sad, sorry mess and I for one feel ashamed of the area.

Yes, a concert hall would be a grand idea and could include a variety of restaurants.

Unfortunately, with the planners we have in Worcester I feel we will, as usual, have to keep building the mediocre to pander to their whims. I don't feel they have an ounce of vision amongst the lot of them nor the "bottle" to stand up for the citizens of Worcester.
I thought we had been "in public discussion" a short time ago as to how to pedestrianise the area around the top end of the High Street, DeansWAY and the Cathedral. Clearly the discussions did not tally with the planners ideas so public opinion put on hold AKA "binned". The whole MODERN area of the Cathedral Plaza, (not the older former Russell & Dorrell building), multi-storey car park and flats etc need to be razed to the ground and something really outstanding built in place. The whole area currently looks a sad, sorry mess and I for one feel ashamed of the area. Yes, a concert hall would be a grand idea and could include a variety of restaurants. Unfortunately, with the planners we have in Worcester I feel we will, as usual, have to keep building the mediocre to pander to their whims. I don't feel they have an ounce of vision amongst the lot of them nor the "bottle" to stand up for the citizens of Worcester. solar1
  • Score: 18

11:47am Thu 6 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

is this the same area that had a supermarket which closed resulting in the loss of footfall to the area , which resulted in other shops becoming financially unviable. obviously the rates or whatever are too high.
is this the same area that had a supermarket which closed resulting in the loss of footfall to the area , which resulted in other shops becoming financially unviable. obviously the rates or whatever are too high. liketoknow
  • Score: 16

1:26pm Thu 6 Mar 14

iamthebinman says...

mrwrighty wrote:
Andrew Guy wrote:
The Lychgate, Travelodge and the multi-storey should all just be demolished to make way for the Elgar Symphony Hall. With a pedestrian-only square between it and the Cathedral, underground parking, a 4* hotel and high-end shops and restaurants built in and around - we'd get visitors by the thousands.
Any chance the developers will want to enhance our city like this - or will they just want to maximise profits by simply shoehorning in as many retail units as possible having bullied the council planners and ignored the public, as usual?
I'm with you. The city is lacking a venue to house decent concerts and shows. The Swan Theatre is too small. Rarely do we get decent acts and performances in Worcester.
Come on, your forgetting the Ollie Mears tribute act last summer at the Arena.
[quote][p][bold]mrwrighty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew Guy[/bold] wrote: The Lychgate, Travelodge and the multi-storey should all just be demolished to make way for the Elgar Symphony Hall. With a pedestrian-only square between it and the Cathedral, underground parking, a 4* hotel and high-end shops and restaurants built in and around - we'd get visitors by the thousands. Any chance the developers will want to enhance our city like this - or will they just want to maximise profits by simply shoehorning in as many retail units as possible having bullied the council planners and ignored the public, as usual?[/p][/quote]I'm with you. The city is lacking a venue to house decent concerts and shows. The Swan Theatre is too small. Rarely do we get decent acts and performances in Worcester.[/p][/quote]Come on, your forgetting the Ollie Mears tribute act last summer at the Arena. iamthebinman
  • Score: 1

4:30pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Raniator says...

More improvements, I'm all for it. Worcester town centre is becoming a bit of a graveyard for what was (in places) a decent high street. We need to attract more local people to town and give out of town-ers a reason to visit… 99p stores, calendar shops, endless coffee shops and empty units are not the way to do it!
More improvements, I'm all for it. Worcester town centre is becoming a bit of a graveyard for what was (in places) a decent high street. We need to attract more local people to town and give out of town-ers a reason to visit… 99p stores, calendar shops, endless coffee shops and empty units are not the way to do it! Raniator
  • Score: 9

10:03am Fri 7 Mar 14

Ted Elgar says...

I had it from a reliable source that the planners have wanted rid of the NCP car park for many years, but that it was impossible to get NCP out of their long term lease/ownership of the building.

Funny how in the 60s you could get a compulsory purchase order on a lich gate, but that 50 years later you can demolish a car park eh?

What price architectural hertigage, history and local character?
I had it from a reliable source that the planners have wanted rid of the NCP car park for many years, but that it was impossible to get NCP out of their long term lease/ownership of the building. Funny how in the 60s you could get a compulsory purchase order on a lich gate, but that 50 years later you can demolish a car park eh? What price architectural hertigage, history and local character? Ted Elgar
  • Score: 10

10:06am Fri 7 Mar 14

Ted Elgar says...

'Cant demolish'. not can. When are we going to get to edit our typos WN?
'Cant demolish'. not can. When are we going to get to edit our typos WN? Ted Elgar
  • Score: 4

10:31am Fri 7 Mar 14

MJI says...

What the **** is a Cathedral Plaza?
.
Is it anything like a Lychgate?
What the **** is a Cathedral Plaza? . Is it anything like a Lychgate? MJI
  • Score: 6

12:40pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Ted Elgar says...

A Cathedral Plaza is a load of rehashed 1960s crud.
The Lich Gate was the only surving example in Europe.

But who would pay to come and look at all that timber-framed junk anyway?
A Cathedral Plaza is a load of rehashed 1960s crud. The Lich Gate was the only surving example in Europe. But who would pay to come and look at all that timber-framed junk anyway? Ted Elgar
  • Score: 7

4:10pm Fri 7 Mar 14

MJI says...

Ted Elgar wrote:
A Cathedral Plaza is a load of rehashed 1960s crud.
The Lich Gate was the only surving example in Europe.

But who would pay to come and look at all that timber-framed junk anyway?
When I first moved to Worcester I really thought it had been wrecked during WW2, and I was very shocked to discover it was town planners wrecking it.

There are some lovely buildings in Friar Street, but the next roads along are horrible.
[quote][p][bold]Ted Elgar[/bold] wrote: A Cathedral Plaza is a load of rehashed 1960s crud. The Lich Gate was the only surving example in Europe. But who would pay to come and look at all that timber-framed junk anyway?[/p][/quote]When I first moved to Worcester I really thought it had been wrecked during WW2, and I was very shocked to discover it was town planners wrecking it. There are some lovely buildings in Friar Street, but the next roads along are horrible. MJI
  • Score: 7

4:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

they're infamous for what they did to Worcester in the sixties. it was called the rape of Worcester.
they're infamous for what they did to Worcester in the sixties. it was called the rape of Worcester. liketoknow
  • Score: 6

4:39pm Fri 7 Mar 14

lovelyjubbly says...

Worcester has far too many eateries and coffee shops. Some actual SHOPS would be nice.
Worcester has far too many eateries and coffee shops. Some actual SHOPS would be nice. lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 11

5:53pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

I was fortunate enough to lived in Worcester when the Lichgate was still standing in fact I had to deliver to a customer of my dads and have used the small door in the Llichgate and there were a Pub and other collection of shops which were demolished to build the Carpark and Giffard Hotel. One shop I vividly recall was the Cane shop where the Canes used for correcting our bad behavour at school were purchased from., and the reason I clearly recall this was that I had on more than one occasion had the cane at school.

Taking the traffic away from the Cathedral Plaza had been previously discussed, and Adrian Gregson had a good idea which was to build an underpass or tunnel from Deansway into College Street. Apart from the huge cost there was a major problem since I understand by a late relation of mine that there are huge Victorian Sewers in this area. In fact my relation who had due to his job had been down there many a time, and used to say the sewers were big enough to drive a bus through, but he also said that he had regularly seen the king Rat was down there, which if left alone would ignore anyone down there, he did however exagerate a little, but the sewers are big.
There is no other practicle way to divert the traffic since the road layout of the city centre just does not allow this, pity since If the idea of an underpass were more practicle it would enable the creation of a wonderful area outside the Cathedral.
This of course would also require planners with vision. something this Ciy / County don't have.
I was fortunate enough to lived in Worcester when the Lichgate was still standing in fact I had to deliver to a customer of my dads and have used the small door in the Llichgate and there were a Pub and other collection of shops which were demolished to build the Carpark and Giffard Hotel. One shop I vividly recall was the Cane shop where the Canes used for correcting our bad behavour at school were purchased from., and the reason I clearly recall this was that I had on more than one occasion had the cane at school. Taking the traffic away from the Cathedral Plaza had been previously discussed, and Adrian Gregson had a good idea which was to build an underpass or tunnel from Deansway into College Street. Apart from the huge cost there was a major problem since I understand by a late relation of mine that there are huge Victorian Sewers in this area. In fact my relation who had due to his job had been down there many a time, and used to say the sewers were big enough to drive a bus through, but he also said that he had regularly seen the king Rat was down there, which if left alone would ignore anyone down there, he did however exagerate a little, but the sewers are big. There is no other practicle way to divert the traffic since the road layout of the city centre just does not allow this, pity since If the idea of an underpass were more practicle it would enable the creation of a wonderful area outside the Cathedral. This of course would also require planners with vision. something this Ciy / County don't have. Jabbadad
  • Score: 5

7:57pm Fri 7 Mar 14

presterjohn says...

CJH wrote:
mrwrighty wrote:
Andrew Guy wrote:
The Lychgate, Travelodge and the multi-storey should all just be demolished to make way for the Elgar Symphony Hall. With a pedestrian-only square between it and the Cathedral, underground parking, a 4* hotel and high-end shops and restaurants built in and around - we'd get visitors by the thousands.
Any chance the developers will want to enhance our city like this - or will they just want to maximise profits by simply shoehorning in as many retail units as possible having bullied the council planners and ignored the public, as usual?
I'm with you. The city is lacking a venue to house decent concerts and shows. The Swan Theatre is too small. Rarely do we get decent acts and performances in Worcester.
That's one of the functions of the new Worcester Arena isn't it?
Yes it is. They seem to be really dragging their heels on getting all that sorted.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwrighty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew Guy[/bold] wrote: The Lychgate, Travelodge and the multi-storey should all just be demolished to make way for the Elgar Symphony Hall. With a pedestrian-only square between it and the Cathedral, underground parking, a 4* hotel and high-end shops and restaurants built in and around - we'd get visitors by the thousands. Any chance the developers will want to enhance our city like this - or will they just want to maximise profits by simply shoehorning in as many retail units as possible having bullied the council planners and ignored the public, as usual?[/p][/quote]I'm with you. The city is lacking a venue to house decent concerts and shows. The Swan Theatre is too small. Rarely do we get decent acts and performances in Worcester.[/p][/quote]That's one of the functions of the new Worcester Arena isn't it?[/p][/quote]Yes it is. They seem to be really dragging their heels on getting all that sorted. presterjohn
  • Score: 2

8:02pm Fri 7 Mar 14

presterjohn says...

Raniator wrote:
More improvements, I'm all for it. Worcester town centre is becoming a bit of a graveyard for what was (in places) a decent high street. We need to attract more local people to town and give out of town-ers a reason to visit… 99p stores, calendar shops, endless coffee shops and empty units are not the way to do it!
Good news! The Five Ways Pub is also re-opening as a coffee house soon too.
[quote][p][bold]Raniator[/bold] wrote: More improvements, I'm all for it. Worcester town centre is becoming a bit of a graveyard for what was (in places) a decent high street. We need to attract more local people to town and give out of town-ers a reason to visit… 99p stores, calendar shops, endless coffee shops and empty units are not the way to do it![/p][/quote]Good news! The Five Ways Pub is also re-opening as a coffee house soon too. presterjohn
  • Score: 1

8:52pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Horatio One says...

Very little in terms of sewage around that area as it is a high spot , with the majority of connections running down to Friar street and out to Diglis for our outdated pump it through to Lower Wick .

The lease that NCP have will be the stumbling block .

Oh plus all those Skeletons under the Post Box near the Cathedral that were ignored during the works outside Bygones.
Very little in terms of sewage around that area as it is a high spot , with the majority of connections running down to Friar street and out to Diglis for our outdated pump it through to Lower Wick . The lease that NCP have will be the stumbling block . Oh plus all those Skeletons under the Post Box near the Cathedral that were ignored during the works outside Bygones. Horatio One
  • Score: 2

12:12am Sun 9 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

I am suprised since the person who told me about the extensive sewers actually worked for Severn Trent and said that they had frequently been down them.
I am suprised since the person who told me about the extensive sewers actually worked for Severn Trent and said that they had frequently been down them. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

12:21pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Supporting shops x says...

liketoknow wrote:
is this the same area that had a supermarket which closed resulting in the loss of footfall to the area , which resulted in other shops becoming financially unviable. obviously the rates or whatever are too high.
Hi I have opened new shop called Amorè in Pump Street, we have been here for 10months and are trying to build up a customer base, I remain very positive and feel if we didn't have any shops, independant or not we would not have a town, let's hope what the new developer will do will benefit Worcester, and keep our shops open.
[quote][p][bold]liketoknow[/bold] wrote: is this the same area that had a supermarket which closed resulting in the loss of footfall to the area , which resulted in other shops becoming financially unviable. obviously the rates or whatever are too high.[/p][/quote]Hi I have opened new shop called Amorè in Pump Street, we have been here for 10months and are trying to build up a customer base, I remain very positive and feel if we didn't have any shops, independant or not we would not have a town, let's hope what the new developer will do will benefit Worcester, and keep our shops open. Supporting shops x
  • Score: 1

12:32pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

I understand from someone who worked there for many years, that the Sainsbury Store was a very lucrative store, and always hit it's targets and also was a lovely store to work in both staff wise and customer wise.
I understand from someone who worked there for many years, that the Sainsbury Store was a very lucrative store, and always hit it's targets and also was a lovely store to work in both staff wise and customer wise. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

1:38pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Supporting shops x says...

lovelyjubbly wrote:
Worcester has far too many eateries and coffee shops. Some actual SHOPS would be nice.
Thankyou I have opened a shop in Pump St I'm fighting to get my customer base, we need shops to encourage visitors also
[quote][p][bold]lovelyjubbly[/bold] wrote: Worcester has far too many eateries and coffee shops. Some actual SHOPS would be nice.[/p][/quote]Thankyou I have opened a shop in Pump St I'm fighting to get my customer base, we need shops to encourage visitors also Supporting shops x
  • Score: 1

1:44pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Supporting shops x says...

I'm all for the development to the Cathedral Plaza please please go ahead and get the other half the city, buzzing again get people out and socialising, shopping with their feet not there fingers everyday, eat, shop speak laugh, encourage shoppers to come back to shops, it's a beautiful area and needs to be proudly shown off,
I'm all for the development to the Cathedral Plaza please please go ahead and get the other half the city, buzzing again get people out and socialising, shopping with their feet not there fingers everyday, eat, shop speak laugh, encourage shoppers to come back to shops, it's a beautiful area and needs to be proudly shown off, Supporting shops x
  • Score: 0

12:18pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Ted Elgar says...

I think the points about the need for less coffee shops are nearly right, but miss that the High Street needs to become more of a destination than it is now in order to survive.

One of the major flaws with the "Lich Gate" end of town is the completel lack of 'stuff' happening after 5.30. The 60s town planners removed a lot of pubs and houses when they swept away the old and replaced it with concrete and with that killed off anything activity outside traditional opening hours.
.
The High Street shops need to behave more like an out of town shopping centre, be open later and have (appropriately planned and sited) parking free.
The success of out-of -town shopping isn't some black magic 'putting the poison finger' on traditional High Streets. People want to be entertained. They want free parking. They want opening hours which reflect their lives.
They also want cultural centres, which doesnt just mean endless cups of coffee.

Working people want to spend after 5pm weekdays. If you don't give them that opportunity they will do it Online. At the weekend they want to go and have a coffee and chill out, go to a gig, see a play or even just go clubbing somewhere that isn't a meat market.

The old world of getting lashed in dingy pubs is going the same way as having three pints on your lunch break, and that's a good thing.
I think the points about the need for less coffee shops are nearly right, but miss that the High Street needs to become more of a destination than it is now in order to survive. One of the major flaws with the "Lich Gate" end of town is the completel lack of 'stuff' happening after 5.30. The 60s town planners removed a lot of pubs and houses when they swept away the old and replaced it with concrete and with that killed off anything activity outside traditional opening hours. . The High Street shops need to behave more like an out of town shopping centre, be open later and have (appropriately planned and sited) parking free. The success of out-of -town shopping isn't some black magic 'putting the poison finger' on traditional High Streets. People want to be entertained. They want free parking. They want opening hours which reflect their lives. They also want cultural centres, which doesnt just mean endless cups of coffee. Working people want to spend after 5pm weekdays. If you don't give them that opportunity they will do it Online. At the weekend they want to go and have a coffee and chill out, go to a gig, see a play or even just go clubbing somewhere that isn't a meat market. The old world of getting lashed in dingy pubs is going the same way as having three pints on your lunch break, and that's a good thing. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 3

6:04pm Mon 10 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

when sainsburys and Russell&Dorrells pulled out it killed it. it was a vibrant shopping area before that. we need a big name to bring it to life again.
when sainsburys and Russell&Dorrells pulled out it killed it. it was a vibrant shopping area before that. we need a big name to bring it to life again. liketoknow
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Papermill says...

I urge you all to search Google images - Exeter Princesshay

You will see the exact carbon copy of the current Worcester area

I used to live & work in Exeter, this area of the city was a terrible 1960's concrete monstrosity as well incidentally also with an NCP car park. So i know it very well & exactly what they transformed into a premier shopping/restaurant area leading towards their Cathedral.

Hats off to Exeter planners they did a fantastic job.

Now has major retailers such as Apple store, Debenhams to name a few.

Can i charter a bus & take the planners & prospective developer to see it - PLEASE.
I urge you all to search Google images - Exeter Princesshay You will see the exact carbon copy of the current Worcester area I used to live & work in Exeter, this area of the city was a terrible 1960's concrete monstrosity as well incidentally also with an NCP car park. So i know it very well & exactly what they transformed into a premier shopping/restaurant area leading towards their Cathedral. Hats off to Exeter planners they did a fantastic job. Now has major retailers such as Apple store, Debenhams to name a few. Can i charter a bus & take the planners & prospective developer to see it - PLEASE. Papermill
  • Score: 3

8:28pm Mon 10 Mar 14

D Mouse says...

It no wonder the council can't fix the potholes in my street, the money is being spent on more vanity projects.
It no wonder the council can't fix the potholes in my street, the money is being spent on more vanity projects. D Mouse
  • Score: -2

8:28pm Mon 10 Mar 14

D Mouse says...

Its no wonder the council can't fix the potholes in my street, the money is being spent on more vanity projects.
Its no wonder the council can't fix the potholes in my street, the money is being spent on more vanity projects. D Mouse
  • Score: -2

9:56am Tue 11 Mar 14

Ted Elgar says...

Highways is County not City, but don't let a bit of factual inaccuracy get in the way of a good rant.
(The CITY council are the local planning authority).
http://www.worcester
shire.gov.uk/cms/rep
ort--a-highway-probl
em.aspx
Highways is County not City, but don't let a bit of factual inaccuracy get in the way of a good rant. (The CITY council are the local planning authority). http://www.worcester shire.gov.uk/cms/rep ort--a-highway-probl em.aspx Ted Elgar
  • Score: 0

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