Just been to the Place and Economic Development meeting a sub-committee of Policy and Resources committee on Worcester City Council. Switched off reading yet? If you are still reading after that long committee title – thank you. I go to these meetings so you don’t need to! At times these committee meetings feel like the W1A BBC comedy show full of buzz words, acronyms, key performance indicators and strategy documents. Having said that I am genuinely impressed by the work being done by the council on economic development.
As central government have cut funding to local councils by about 50% over the last ten years the council needs to increasingly raise its own sources of money. Worcester is doing amazingly well – foot-fall is good. There are one or two empty shops but we are doing so much better than many other towns and cities. A vibrant high street means business rates are collected, car park machines are ringing and money is being invested in the city.
The officers are doing a fantastic job working on skills, training, apprenticeships, tourism and generally marketing the city as a place to visit for work, shopping and as a visitor attraction. Work is ongoing on the cultural arches project and we have the fantastic new business start-up Kiln project that is supporting and hosting small and independent creative businesses in the city. I’m a lone Green at the meeting – I’d like to thank fellow councillors from the Conservative and Labour groups that genuinely do work brilliantly together for the benefit of the city and in local resident’s best interests.
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