WORCESTERSHIRE County Council's continued commitment to improving the city, can be seen through project such as the £6 million investment in improving pavements.

The additional funding has been made available of the next two years, and doubles the original investment - meaning more than 50 extra miles of pavements can be improved.

In the past five years the county council has spoken to more than 55,000 residents and improving the condition of local roads and pavements was identified as a top priority.

Alongside the extra investment into pavements and the launch of the Driving Home programme last year, this brings the additional money being spent on local roads and pavements to £18m.

Works involve removing old concrete footways and cast kerbing and replacing them with conservation kerbing and small concrete slabs.

Councillor Alan Amos, cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said: “Worcestershire’s pavements are used by most of us on a daily basis.

"This additional investment has meant we are able to improve many more pavements across the county.

"We know that pavements and roads are important to our residents because they consistently tell us.

"We hope these improvements will also encourage more people to walk more often and adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle which in turn could help to cut congestion, reduce journey times and improve our health and wellbeing."