AN INDEPENDENT traffic study in the town centre, a revamp of Market Place and a network of cycle routes have been included in a blueprint for the future of Evesham.
Members of Evesham Town Council met on Monday (March 16) to back the Evesham Town Plan, a vision for the future of the town which was compiled after 18 months of consultation with Vale residents and groups.
A traffic study to tackle the congestion and frustration of motorists in the town centre and cycle routes were among 12 ‘key priorities’ contained in the independent plan.
Members of the Evesham Our Future steering group who compiled the blueprint have also revealed a ‘green plan’ should be developed as well as an anti-litter strategy.
The need for a clear housing strategy for the town within the South Worcestershire Development Plan is also highlighted while efforts should also be made to reinvigorate the Market Place and ‘establish pleasant town centre locations for eating indoors and out’.
Members have collected views from local residents, groups and clubs, hearing concerns about the town and possible
Steering Group chairman Patrick Staines told the meeting: “Community led action is invariably positive. This is an opportunity for the town council to create a new approach on what the town council is here for.”
“Funding is going to be crucial and finding sources of funding and enabling things to happen and having a positive attitude is very important.
“It has been very interesting to hear people’s views on the growth of the town, there’s gut reaction to housing growth, but the
growth of Evesham, I think, will enable things to be effected and to be provided.
“There’s no point doing this if we aren’t going to be ambitious. Evesham could again be an dynamic and successful place.” he added.
Coun Gerry O’Donnell backed the plan and said: “It’s a work plan for the next 20 years if you like.
“This gives us as a town council a map of where we are heading and where we hope to be heading.”
Town Mayor, Coun Charlie Homer thanked Mr Staines and the steering group for their work in producing the town plan.
“I think what we have is an extremely comprehensive plan for the town.” he added.
All of the town plan documents will be showcased at a meeting for town residents at the Town Hall on Monday (March 23) from 6.30pm.
Visit www.eveshamtowncouncil.gov.uk/evesham-town-plan to view the documents online.
THE TOP 12 PRIORITY ACTIONS
1. Develop a clear housing strategy for the town within the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) which will provide the basis for influencing more integrated, sustainable and community-sensitive development.
2. Re-invigorate the Market Place and establish pleasant town centre locations for eating indoors and out.
3. Develop a central information hub to provide easy access to information about services, events and activities, including voluntary and charity sectors
4. Integrate social and health care services and increase local delivery
5. Enhance local clinical facilities to increase the diversity of treatment that can be provided locally within the community, and safeguard the community hospital.
6. Develop an anti-litter strategy for the town
7. Develop a Green Plan for the town
8. Promote Evesham’s investment potential to regional, national and international markets.
9. Target tourism promotion to the biggest spending markets.
10. Establish a network of cycle routes in and around Evesham
11. Commission an independent town centre traffic study
12. Attract a wide range of employers to offer more diverse apprenticeship, training and career opportunities