24th Sep, 2020

Bold bid for bike track revealed in council spending plans

Rob George 7th Feb, 2020

AMBITIOUS proposals for a multi-purpose cycling venue in Evesham including a BMX track, mountain bike trails and simulated road circuit as well as a white water rafting base for Pershore have been unveiled by district council chiefs.

Councillors on Wychavon District Council’s executive board revealed the ideas during a meeting on Wednesday (February 5) as part of a package of measures described by leader Coun Bradley Thomas as the ‘most ambitious list ever put forward’.

A freeze on the authority’s share of the Council Tax for the third year in a row and a major transport summit in 2020 to deal with the issue of traffic congestion in Evesham were also revealed.

Both the cycling venue and the white water base have been earmarked for completion by March 2024 and speaking at the meeting, Coun Rob Adams confirmed further details would be revealed about both proposals in the coming months.

Council chiefs have also vowed to reduce the average household’s black bin waste by 10 per cent by 2024 and hope to set up at least five community fridges across the district in a bid to ensure food does not go to waste.

Blueprints to breathe new life into Evesham and Pershore’s town centres will be drawn up while the authority has pledged £180,000 over three years to encourage district businesses to take on apprentices.

Efforts to boost community transport, tackle loneliness and social isolation and to create Wychavon’s first health and well-being hub have also been promised by the controlling Conservative group who have also pledged to deliver 1,000 affordable new homes by 2024 and an extra £12,500 a year for three years for Citizens Advice South Worcestershire.

Coun Bradley Thomas, leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “This is a bold plan which will protect and enhance our environment, continue to grow our economy and invest in the things that matter most to our communities.

“Thanks to our successful Grow, Save, Charge plan we are able to do all this while freezing our share of the Council Tax bill to help our hard-pressed residents keep more of their money in their pocket to spend with local businesses.”

All of the members of the council will be asked to give the green light to the plans on February 19.

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