Final schemes under £19.6m Towns Fund to be approved

Worcester city councillors will meet next week to approve the final two schemes to be launched with the £19.6m investment into the city from the Government’s Towns Fund.

A total of five projects will be funded.

Business cases have already been approved for the first three and, if the policy and resources committee gives the nod to the final two, it will lead to the government releasing the final near-£12mfrom the funding allocation.

When it meets next Tuesday, the committee will be asked to support the use of £10m for the redevelopment of a key location within the Shrub Hill Quarter.

If the scheme is approved, Isaac Maddox House in Shrub Hill Road, a former NHS office, will be renovated and developed into an enterprise centre for business use.

This will be the first phase of the development of this canal-side site, which will also see new housing. A new walking and cycling route would also be created to run from Shrub Hill Road to St Martin’s Quarter, past the new development.

The other Worcester Towns Fund projects for which businesses cases have already been approved and for which investment cash has already been released are; a £2.5m contribution to the new Severn Centre for Health and Wellbeing currently being built in Hylton Road; a £4.5m investment in active travel, including new off-road walking and cycling routes and a contribution to the new Kepax Bridge that will create a new river crossing at Gheluvelt Park; and £640,000 for a heritage and riverside project to boost Worcester’s tourism business.