This year we have seen significant investment in our highways and pavements across the County and continued improvements in our town centres, including the new plaza layout in Worcester city centre.
In partnership with Herefordshire, our major investment with Severn Waste Services on EnviRecover (energy from waste plant) was opened by the Duke of Gloucester on June 14 at Hartlebury. This will significantly reduce our landfill requirement.
Three Black Pear Tree Awards were given to volunteers who have given exceptional service to their communities across the County. They each planted a tree in the grounds of County Hall. The County Council is committed to developing, encouraging and supporting volunteer involvement in our work.
During the summer the County Council held a series of 'Have Your Say Roadshows' at venues in all our district areas. I was able to meet and listen to your views and priorities on what needs to be improved. All your comments help towards formulating future policies.
I was joined by County Council staff at a Remembrance Service held in County Hall. It was an honour to lay a wreath alongside veteran Walter Jones to honour those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
In 2018 our focus will be on improving services delivered to the children of this County. Children in Worcestershire deserve the best start in life, the best education and the best home life where they fell safe and happy. That is why we will be choosing an alternative way to deliver services to our Looked after Children and young people with an emphasis on being safe from harm in a home setting.
Investment in our transport system will begin to roll out with major works in our rail network with Worcestershire Parkway train station and the upgrading of Kidderminster Station. Funding has been secured for motorway improvements and a dual carriageway for Carrington Bridge
As the winter months set in please remember those who live alone. A call or acknowledgement can mean so much to those who may be lonely.
With best wishes,
Councillor Anne Hingley