As we approach the final weekend before Christmas, businesses in the centre of Worcester and across the county are preparing for the busiest weekend of the year.
As part of their town centre improvement programme, Worcestershire County Council has transformed The Shambles and Church Street in Worcester with work completed in the Autumn.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “These improvements have made a huge difference to the area for both people visiting and the local businesses.”
“When we make improvements, like this one to areas across the county, the aim is to attract people to those areas, which can be a lift to the local economy, especially at this time of year.”
Working in partnership with Worcester City Council, improvements have been made to this area to deliver an attractive multifunctional and durable area of the city centre. It also aims to improve footfall to the street and in turn, boost the local economy.
Work included the resurfacing of the footways and carriageway, the introduction of segregated loading bays for delivery vehicles, the plating of suitable street trees, improvements to street furniture and an upgrade to street lighting.
Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Chair of the Place and Economic Development Sub Committee at Worcester City Council, said: “I’d like to thank residents and retailers for their patience while The Shambles refurbishment was underway. Now that the work is complete, a number of residents have complimented the way the area looks.
“It’s a vast improvement, which will encourage more people to shop and spend time in The Shambles in 2020.”
Find out more about the work taking place across the county please go to the town centre improvement schemes page on the Council website.