22nd May, 2017

£1.25m revamp on the cards for The Shambles

A MAJOR £1.25million plan to revamp The Shambles has been drawn up by council chiefs in a bid maintain it as a popular shopping destination.

Worcester City Council’s Labour cabinet will vote on Tuesday (March 21) on whether or not to invest £400,000 for the improvements works, with the rest of the cash being stumped up by Worcestershire County Council.

The revamp would see The Shambles resurfaced to create a clear distinction between pedestrian areas and loading bays. Better positioned seating, along with new litter bins would also be put in place.

If the plans are approved next week, the City Council’s portion of the funding would come from the New Homes Bonus payment it receives from the Government.

As well as the revamp, both the City and County Councils will be launching a consultation with residents and retailers on changes to the current Traffic Regulation Order in place for The Shambles.

The changes are being proposed in a bid to improve pedestrian safety by reducing the times available for delivery vehicles to drop off goods.

Coun Geoff Williams, Cabinet Member for Economic Prosperity, said: “The Shambles is one of Worcester city centre’s most popular retail areas.

“This proposed investment would help to ensure The Shambles increases in popularity in the future, a place where people regularly want to visit and socialise.”