A ‘RADICAL’ blueprint for the future of Evesham’s town centre has been unveiled by the town’s Liberal Democrats.
The vision to breathe new life into the heart of the town was unveiled by party chairman David Quayle who branded the Conservative run district and county council ‘utterly bereft of ideas’.
The Liberal Democrat proposal is to think of the town centre in a new light and to designate it for development as a mixed living and leisure area.
Current empty buildings should be developed for good quality accommodation with spaces kept for those in social need, according to the party.
Mr Qualye said he was saddened to ‘watch the town centre die its slow death’ and said it was time for a ‘radical rethink of policy and planning’
“Town centres are no longer the centres for commerce and shopping they once were. Instead, we have retail parks surrounding towns on their outskirts and often very effective commercial areas such as our own Vale Park,” he said.
“Why then do the Tories allow new estates to be built to poor environmental standards round Evesham and its villages?
“Meanwhile Town Centre buildings lie unoccupied and deteriorate. Evesham town centre is now simply ugly,” the local Liberal Democrat leader added.
Mr Quayle claimed with the right kind of development, the heart of Evesham could become ‘an aspirational place to live.
“No need for a car to move around locally if all the required amenities for a quick shop, restaurants, cinemas and something fun for the kids, are all planned into the development,” he said.
“Liberal Democrats envisage living in a beautifully developed town centre, with fewer cars spewing out noxious fumes and the lovely River Avon and its surround a short walk away.
“It’s so sad to watch a once lovely town be neglected and it’s very clear who is responsible.
“Evesham and District Liberal Democrats will fight for our town and promote a future we can all enjoy.”