10th Dec, 2016

Homes cash should be spent on Town Plan 'shopping list'

Joshua Godfrey 14th Nov, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN EVESHAM councillor has urged fellow members to look at the ‘shopping list’ of ideas in the Town Plan to decide how to spend £131,000 in New Homes Bonus cash.

At Monday’s (November 9) Town Council meeting councillors decided to allow the New Homes Bonus working group to look at ideas and projects which could use the funding.

The pot of cash has been made available through a Government grant handed to local councils for increasing the number of homes and by bringing long-term empty properties back into use.

Coun Colin Tether told the Observer the Town Plan, a blueprint of ways to improve Evesham has a number of ideas that could be made a reality if the cash is used.

“Just to draw your attention back to the Town Plan, and especially the appendices which has a whole shopping list of things that we could be looking at – so that’s one thing I would do – a source to look at for what needs to be done to the town and it’s all here,” Coun Tether said.

“The appendices suggests a lot of things that could make the town even better like play equipment, flower baskets, access to the top of the Bell Tower and better cycling provisions around the town.”

The Twyford Ward Councillor also told the Observer he hopes town residents will be able to get involved and share their ideas.

“It’s a lot of money and I don’t think people are really aware of that. I think it would be good if the public had a say,” he added.