PLANS for improving the city’s riverside went on display to the public yesterday.

The designer of the project, Jon Sheaff, of landscape architects Jon Sheaff and Associates, was on hand with representatives of Worcester City Council to explain the project to passers-by on the riverside itself.

The project aims to create a part stretching along the east bank of the Severn, from Diglis in the south to Gheluvelt Park.

Mr Sheaff said: “We’ve had a lot of interest from people representing all sorts of groups who use the river from the dragon boat group to anglers.

“Most people seem to be enthusiastic about the idea.”

He said that the brief from the council was to create a park that would make the most of Worcester’s riverside location and encourage people to visit it.

He said: “The area south of the Worcester Bridge towards Diglis is already well used, but our brief is to use signage and branding to create a unified area all the way to Gheluvelt Park.

“Particularly north of the Sabrina Bridge, there are opportunities to open the riverside up, restore paths and make it more inviting to visitors.”

The plan arose after the riverside was assessed by Keep Britain Tidy last year for its Green Flag scheme; although it was judged as very attractive, it fell short of the standards needed to secure the award.

Following that judgment, the city council’s environment committee voted unanimously to spend £300,000 on the park project, to include footpath improvements, new signs and information boards.

Among the people inspecting the proposals was Karin Fancett, who lives at The Butts, and frequently walks along the river.

She said: “I think it’s a great idea, but what worries me is that there needs to be a commitment to the idea in the long term, so that it’s not just created, but that the money is there to keep it maintained.”

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The river is one of Worcester’s main assets, but a lot of people say that Worcester as a city turns its back on the river, and this would go a long way towards changing that.

“Things happen on the river, events organised by the rowing club and so on, and I think that Worcester should be able to make more of them.”