Worcester market to get £550,000 revamp

Worcester market to get £550,000 revamp

Worcester market to get £550,000 revamp

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A £550,000 revamp of Worcester's market can today be revealed - in an ambitious bid to restore the shopping parade to its former glories.

Worcester City Council has announced a major three-month overhaul of Angel Place to make it more appealing to passers-by.

All of the existing, tired old market units will be ripped out and replaced by ultra modern, moveable stands, and Angel Place will be completely repaved to give the area a modern feel.

The market is currently leased to The Crown Estate, owners of the CrownGate shopping centre, but the firm has agreed to surrender it to the council in order for the regeneration to take place.

Under the plans work will start on Monday, September 1 and take 10 weeks to complete, re-opening in time for the Christmas trading period.

Angel Place has around 16 regular stallholders, and the council says it is currently working on a "temporary solution" with a view to locating them elsewhere during the revamp.

It is subject to approval from the city council's Conservative cabinet next Tuesday, July 29.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, deputy leader and cabinet member for economic prosperity, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to create a dynamic, exciting market that will work better for shoppers, market traders and all city centre businesses.

"With proposals also being drawn up to revamp Cathedral Plaza this is another big vote of confidence in the city centre."

Hannah Milne, regional portfolio manager at The Crown Estate, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting these works, which will transform Angel Place, creating a new, modern market place that complements and enhances the current retail offer at CrownGate.”

Angel Place will stay open during the 10 weeks, with repaving done on certain sections of the road at a time to keep disruption to a minimum.

The council is also looking to recruit a new company to take on the market under a contract, and the firm which secures it will also get the Victorian Christmas Fayre.

Mike Ashton, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce chief executive, said: “This exciting new approach to providing a market for Worcester will build on improvements to the city centre in recent years."

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4:47pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

Will the new paving be as good and durable as the mess up the High Street?
Will the new paving be as good and durable as the mess up the High Street? Arthur Blenkinsop
  • Score: -10

6:38pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Gorecki says...

Great news! I really like the market area and often thought it could do with a face wash.

Not sure if it would be possible contractually, but would be great if one of the new stalls could be reserved as a rotating pop-up stall for anyone who wants to give selling a go e.g. student enterprises, charities, hobbyist crafts etc.
Great news! I really like the market area and often thought it could do with a face wash. Not sure if it would be possible contractually, but would be great if one of the new stalls could be reserved as a rotating pop-up stall for anyone who wants to give selling a go e.g. student enterprises, charities, hobbyist crafts etc. Gorecki
  • Score: 29

9:10pm Mon 21 Jul 14

b1ackb1rd says...

As my grandfather would point out ... You can't polish a poo
As my grandfather would point out ... You can't polish a poo b1ackb1rd
  • Score: 1

9:35pm Mon 21 Jul 14

joestansmith says...

This shouldn't be 'modernised,' the market should be re-visioned more in keeping with Worcesters traditional architecture and perhaps some victorian style market stands would create atmosphere and a pleasing aesthetic, after-all, it was modernisation that gave us the current, horrible 80's/90's fascias to the Crowngate area and class-less market stands.
This shouldn't be 'modernised,' the market should be re-visioned more in keeping with Worcesters traditional architecture and perhaps some victorian style market stands would create atmosphere and a pleasing aesthetic, after-all, it was modernisation that gave us the current, horrible 80's/90's fascias to the Crowngate area and class-less market stands. joestansmith
  • Score: 3

11:49pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

£500,000 what a lot of money. When you can look at the Market in nearby Bromsgrove with smart matching awnings, and always looks inviting.
£500,000 what a lot of money. When you can look at the Market in nearby Bromsgrove with smart matching awnings, and always looks inviting. Jabbadad
  • Score: -9

12:09am Tue 22 Jul 14

Perfman says...

Jabbadad wrote:
£500,000 what a lot of money. When you can look at the Market in nearby Bromsgrove with smart matching awnings, and always looks inviting.
500K is nothing when it comes to town centre revamps - a token gesture. As someone already pointed out you can't expect to polish it and produce a diamond for 500K!
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: £500,000 what a lot of money. When you can look at the Market in nearby Bromsgrove with smart matching awnings, and always looks inviting.[/p][/quote]500K is nothing when it comes to town centre revamps - a token gesture. As someone already pointed out you can't expect to polish it and produce a diamond for 500K! Perfman
  • Score: 5

11:18am Tue 22 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

yet another revamp!
yet another revamp! liketoknow
  • Score: 2

12:07pm Tue 22 Jul 14

brooksider says...

The market is not helped by being squashed to one side of Angel Place to allow for traffic.
Shame it couldn't be in a pedestrian area.
The market is not helped by being squashed to one side of Angel Place to allow for traffic. Shame it couldn't be in a pedestrian area. brooksider
  • Score: 4

3:34pm Tue 22 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

brooksider wrote:
The market is not helped by being squashed to one side of Angel Place to allow for traffic.
Shame it couldn't be in a pedestrian area.
I thought it was!
[quote][p][bold]brooksider[/bold] wrote: The market is not helped by being squashed to one side of Angel Place to allow for traffic. Shame it couldn't be in a pedestrian area.[/p][/quote]I thought it was! liketoknow
  • Score: 0

3:55pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Hwicce says...

liketoknow wrote:
brooksider wrote:
The market is not helped by being squashed to one side of Angel Place to allow for traffic.
Shame it couldn't be in a pedestrian area.
I thought it was!
It's supposed to be but doesn't stop all the traffic.

Another failure to enforce by the City Council.
[quote][p][bold]liketoknow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brooksider[/bold] wrote: The market is not helped by being squashed to one side of Angel Place to allow for traffic. Shame it couldn't be in a pedestrian area.[/p][/quote]I thought it was![/p][/quote]It's supposed to be but doesn't stop all the traffic. Another failure to enforce by the City Council. Hwicce
  • Score: 3

4:08pm Tue 22 Jul 14

laidback says...

Does this spell the end of the meat-mouth microphone man? One can only hope.
Does this spell the end of the meat-mouth microphone man? One can only hope. laidback
  • Score: 15

6:39pm Tue 22 Jul 14

DarrenM says...

The Council Tried to enforce it - they wasted thousands and thousands trying to get an automated bollard to go up and down.

Technology that works fine the world over, but not apparently in Worcester City.....
The Council Tried to enforce it - they wasted thousands and thousands trying to get an automated bollard to go up and down. Technology that works fine the world over, but not apparently in Worcester City..... DarrenM
  • Score: 11

2:23pm Wed 23 Jul 14

originalG says...

the market is horrible! The smelly dog food stand is nasty and the rest of the stuff being sold is just overpriced tat! The market needs fresh, young stalls - vintage clothes, nice food, interesting homeware - with some excited people running them! Worcester needs an injection of life! Crowngate needs demolishing imo, it is so dead now - like walking through a funeral home! Much more thought needs to go into these things.
Also the market area needs some seating, to get people to congregate there - a place to have a coffee. Some trees/plants wouldn't go amiss either - the place is a concrete smelly mess.
the market is horrible! The smelly dog food stand is nasty and the rest of the stuff being sold is just overpriced tat! The market needs fresh, young stalls - vintage clothes, nice food, interesting homeware - with some excited people running them! Worcester needs an injection of life! Crowngate needs demolishing imo, it is so dead now - like walking through a funeral home! Much more thought needs to go into these things. Also the market area needs some seating, to get people to congregate there - a place to have a coffee. Some trees/plants wouldn't go amiss either - the place is a concrete smelly mess. originalG
  • Score: 11

2:26pm Wed 23 Jul 14

originalG says...

Gorecki wrote:
Great news! I really like the market area and often thought it could do with a face wash.

Not sure if it would be possible contractually, but would be great if one of the new stalls could be reserved as a rotating pop-up stall for anyone who wants to give selling a go e.g. student enterprises, charities, hobbyist crafts etc.
definitely! Our market is not fresh, it is just the same old things being sold - literally has not changed for 15 years! I always wonder how on earth they make any money. I wish i could re-design it. Pleased it is getting a revamp, but i just do not trust our city planners. Everything they do seems to be pretty crap. The whole area from Nationwide down to the Crowngate is a mess. Broad street is just vile - odd mix of shops, mis-matched concrete paving, rubbish strewn everywhere. I avoid even walking down there. It is quite depressing. Same goes for the Shambles... what a state!!!
[quote][p][bold]Gorecki[/bold] wrote: Great news! I really like the market area and often thought it could do with a face wash. Not sure if it would be possible contractually, but would be great if one of the new stalls could be reserved as a rotating pop-up stall for anyone who wants to give selling a go e.g. student enterprises, charities, hobbyist crafts etc.[/p][/quote]definitely! Our market is not fresh, it is just the same old things being sold - literally has not changed for 15 years! I always wonder how on earth they make any money. I wish i could re-design it. Pleased it is getting a revamp, but i just do not trust our city planners. Everything they do seems to be pretty crap. The whole area from Nationwide down to the Crowngate is a mess. Broad street is just vile - odd mix of shops, mis-matched concrete paving, rubbish strewn everywhere. I avoid even walking down there. It is quite depressing. Same goes for the Shambles... what a state!!! originalG
  • Score: 3

2:28pm Wed 23 Jul 14

originalG says...

joestansmith wrote:
This shouldn't be 'modernised,' the market should be re-visioned more in keeping with Worcesters traditional architecture and perhaps some victorian style market stands would create atmosphere and a pleasing aesthetic, after-all, it was modernisation that gave us the current, horrible 80's/90's fascias to the Crowngate area and class-less market stands.
Do you think there is any way we could campaign to demolish the entire Crowngate & bus station area and just start over?!! Who EVEN shops there anymore?
[quote][p][bold]joestansmith[/bold] wrote: This shouldn't be 'modernised,' the market should be re-visioned more in keeping with Worcesters traditional architecture and perhaps some victorian style market stands would create atmosphere and a pleasing aesthetic, after-all, it was modernisation that gave us the current, horrible 80's/90's fascias to the Crowngate area and class-less market stands.[/p][/quote]Do you think there is any way we could campaign to demolish the entire Crowngate & bus station area and just start over?!! Who EVEN shops there anymore? originalG
  • Score: 2

3:15pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

What a load of Whingers, perhaps you should compare our market places with those in Birmingham where they are stuck in the 60's and the Butchers atalls have blood up the walls and you can see every part of the animals on sale and I mean every part, and although I shop there , we aren't forced to shop there are we?
Same as Worcester Crown gate I go there quite often and don't find it as discribed by the Whingers, nor the stalls it's a Market place.
Just shop somewhere else if it offends you so much.
Yes the Butcher is quite loud sometimes , it's all part of the market scene. If you want it quiete and serene go into M&S.
What a load of Whingers, perhaps you should compare our market places with those in Birmingham where they are stuck in the 60's and the Butchers atalls have blood up the walls and you can see every part of the animals on sale and I mean every part, and although I shop there , we aren't forced to shop there are we? Same as Worcester Crown gate I go there quite often and don't find it as discribed by the Whingers, nor the stalls it's a Market place. Just shop somewhere else if it offends you so much. Yes the Butcher is quite loud sometimes , it's all part of the market scene. If you want it quiete and serene go into M&S. Jabbadad
  • Score: -2

12:41pm Thu 24 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

originalG wrote:
joestansmith wrote:
This shouldn't be 'modernised,' the market should be re-visioned more in keeping with Worcesters traditional architecture and perhaps some victorian style market stands would create atmosphere and a pleasing aesthetic, after-all, it was modernisation that gave us the current, horrible 80's/90's fascias to the Crowngate area and class-less market stands.
Do you think there is any way we could campaign to demolish the entire Crowngate & bus station area and just start over?!! Who EVEN shops there anymore?
your right there. poorly planned and designed, isolated from the City centre, with that horrible slope to negotiate to catch a bus. nowhere near big enough to accommodate the length of vehicle used. It was built with a fleet of minibuses in mind .
[quote][p][bold]originalG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joestansmith[/bold] wrote: This shouldn't be 'modernised,' the market should be re-visioned more in keeping with Worcesters traditional architecture and perhaps some victorian style market stands would create atmosphere and a pleasing aesthetic, after-all, it was modernisation that gave us the current, horrible 80's/90's fascias to the Crowngate area and class-less market stands.[/p][/quote]Do you think there is any way we could campaign to demolish the entire Crowngate & bus station area and just start over?!! Who EVEN shops there anymore?[/p][/quote]your right there. poorly planned and designed, isolated from the City centre, with that horrible slope to negotiate to catch a bus. nowhere near big enough to accommodate the length of vehicle used. It was built with a fleet of minibuses in mind . liketoknow
  • Score: 2

12:58pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Marant says...

Now there's a thought.. convert the western part of the crowngate (the one with the bus station) into something like a John Lewis (even if you have to pay them to come), as this already has the parking that John Lewis says is a requirement for their stores, then redevelop the Trinity to replace that section of the Crowngate.
Now there's a thought.. convert the western part of the crowngate (the one with the bus station) into something like a John Lewis (even if you have to pay them to come), as this already has the parking that John Lewis says is a requirement for their stores, then redevelop the Trinity to replace that section of the Crowngate. Marant
  • Score: 1

2:02pm Fri 25 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

I'd like to see the bus station in the high street if logistically possible . conveniently situated for the major stores. exiting at the far end by the Elgar statue. I know it would be a novelty having a bus station that's actually by the shops , but it's worth considering .
I'd like to see the bus station in the high street if logistically possible . conveniently situated for the major stores. exiting at the far end by the Elgar statue. I know it would be a novelty having a bus station that's actually by the shops , but it's worth considering . liketoknow
  • Score: -1

3:00pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

While it may seem a good idea to re-locate the Bus Depot, we have to look at the size of the site needed, There just isn't anywhere in the city Centre. Even when considering the Trinity / CornMarket areas combined, the Access roads would not allow a reasonable traffic flow for the large Busses or delivery lorries.
Like most of the schemes in Worcester in my lifetime, the so-caled planners and Politicians have tried unsuccessfully to cram a Pint into a Half-Pint glass, resulting in what we have now. To re-vamp our City Centre would cost so many millions with huge swathes of buildings destroyed, and streets diverted / closed.
But before we even think like that, just remember the Lych gate debacle.
While it may seem a good idea to re-locate the Bus Depot, we have to look at the size of the site needed, There just isn't anywhere in the city Centre. Even when considering the Trinity / CornMarket areas combined, the Access roads would not allow a reasonable traffic flow for the large Busses or delivery lorries. Like most of the schemes in Worcester in my lifetime, the so-caled planners and Politicians have tried unsuccessfully to cram a Pint into a Half-Pint glass, resulting in what we have now. To re-vamp our City Centre would cost so many millions with huge swathes of buildings destroyed, and streets diverted / closed. But before we even think like that, just remember the Lych gate debacle. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

6:04pm Sat 26 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

Jabbadad wrote:
While it may seem a good idea to re-locate the Bus Depot, we have to look at the size of the site needed, There just isn't anywhere in the city Centre. Even when considering the Trinity / CornMarket areas combined, the Access roads would not allow a reasonable traffic flow for the large Busses or delivery lorries.
Like most of the schemes in Worcester in my lifetime, the so-caled planners and Politicians have tried unsuccessfully to cram a Pint into a Half-Pint glass, resulting in what we have now. To re-vamp our City Centre would cost so many millions with huge swathes of buildings destroyed, and streets diverted / closed.
But before we even think like that, just remember the Lych gate debacle.
that's the main problem in Worcester. there is no way to redevelope the centre without destroying most of the buildings. It's down to the medieval layout .
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: While it may seem a good idea to re-locate the Bus Depot, we have to look at the size of the site needed, There just isn't anywhere in the city Centre. Even when considering the Trinity / CornMarket areas combined, the Access roads would not allow a reasonable traffic flow for the large Busses or delivery lorries. Like most of the schemes in Worcester in my lifetime, the so-caled planners and Politicians have tried unsuccessfully to cram a Pint into a Half-Pint glass, resulting in what we have now. To re-vamp our City Centre would cost so many millions with huge swathes of buildings destroyed, and streets diverted / closed. But before we even think like that, just remember the Lych gate debacle.[/p][/quote]that's the main problem in Worcester. there is no way to redevelope the centre without destroying most of the buildings. It's down to the medieval layout . liketoknow
  • Score: 0

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