My city centre review is being taken seriously, says councillor

My city centre review is being taken seriously, says councillor

My city centre review is being taken seriously, says councillor

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

A WORCESTER councillor responsible for drawing up a 'new vision' for the city has welcomed assurances it will be taken seriously - saying he finds "party politics" distasteful.

Labour Councillor Simon Cronin spent months working on a dossier for improving Worcester before his party was dumped from power in June.

His blueprint includes charging shops to place A-boards outside premises, creating a big farmers' market in the centre of the city, beefing up spending on discouraging seagulls, better WIFI access and heavily discounted evening parking.

The 16-page report has yet to be implemented, and Cllr Cronin has now discussed it with the Conservatives and secured a commitment it will be looked at.

He said: "I've been delighted and very encouraged by the response I've had from it.

"Some of the stuff in the review is not difficult to do and not necessarily expensive either.

"I have tried to present a list of ideas with an irresistible logic behind them as well as a small price tag.

"I have also deliberately tried to steer away from party politics, because that doesn't help you get anywhere and all it can end up doing is frustrating the whole process.

"My instinct has been to avoid that and I hope it can galvanise the whole process."

At the start of July Councillor Simon Geraghty, the city council's leader, said he wanted to "move on at apace" with making progress on the review.

One of the first aims of the Conservative leadership is to try and tackle the blight of black sacks of rubbish being left outside city centre shops all evening.

Traders often leave them out all night because many collections take place during the early hours of the morning.

Cllr Cronin's review calls for a new map spelling out seagull 'hotspots' to be created so people know where they tend to congregate.

It also calls for greater investment into tackling culls, suggesting the current £5,000 could be increased.

In terms of the farmers' market, two possible locations have been suggested of the Guildhall courtyard or South Quay, along the riverside.

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4:34pm Wed 23 Jul 14

skychip says...

Simon is a good Councillor and very sincere.
Simon is a good Councillor and very sincere. skychip
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6:04pm Wed 23 Jul 14

FranklyFrank says...

He is respected on all sides of the council chamber-which I suspect will be the kiss of death with his own party.
He is respected on all sides of the council chamber-which I suspect will be the kiss of death with his own party. FranklyFrank
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12:42am Thu 24 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

Can't say that about many others can we Franky?
Can't say that about many others can we Franky? Jabbadad
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12:55pm Thu 24 Jul 14

3thinker says...

Its certainly time heads were banged together in the Guildhall and the politicians of all parties and nine got back to doing what we elected them to do i.e. work collaboratively to serve the best longer term interests of local residents.

Instead all too many seem intent on petty party political point scoring that would certainly not be tolerate on a school playground.
Its certainly time heads were banged together in the Guildhall and the politicians of all parties and nine got back to doing what we elected them to do i.e. work collaboratively to serve the best longer term interests of local residents. Instead all too many seem intent on petty party political point scoring that would certainly not be tolerate on a school playground. 3thinker
  • Score: 2

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