Announcement on Worcester's Pump House future on the cards - The Worcester Observer

Announcement on Worcester's Pump House future on the cards

Worcester Editorial 9th Jan, 2024   0

COUNCIL chiefs have revealed an announcement on the future of Worcester’s Pump House Environment Centre could be on the cards.

The building in Gheluvelt Park has been closed to the public since September with the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust vacating the centre at the end of last year.

Landlords Worcester City Council have told the Observer plans were currently being drawn up for the future of the building and an announcement on its new use would be made ‘in the near future’.

The centre was opened in 2004 to provide information and advice on ecological issues and was run by Duckworth Worcestershire Trust for almost two decades.

The Trust, set up by city legend Cecil Duckworth, the man behind Worcester Bosch, died in 2020 and the endowment he left has allowed the Trust to continue its work, but this has run out and the lease for the building was up for renewal.

Over the past two years, trustees said they have been looking at alternatives to how they run the café and building, but they were unable to cover the costs of running the centre and so announced in August they would be moving out.

The Observer approached the city council a month after this announcement, which admitted it had no current plans for the Pump House’s future.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? What would you like to see the Pump House Environment Centre transformed into? Email [email protected] with your views.


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