Wyre Forest District Council is set to agree an ambitious regeneration blueprint for the next five years at its Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 16 December.
The Council has been working with its partners to drive forward the regeneration of the district through its visionary ‘ReWyre’ regeneration programme for the last five years.
Since the ReWyre programme was launched in 2009 and following the subsequent State of the Area debates held in 2012 and 2013, the Council and its partners have achieved a number of notable successes including:
Following an inspirational keynote speech at the ReWyre ReNewed conference by Wayne Hemingway MBE on 13 October at Spring Grove House in Bewdley, the Council is now looking to re-double its regeneration activity.
At the conference, Wayne’s message was that the Council and its partners should not be afraid to take off the financial and procedural ‘straightjacket’ when planning the future development of the district and challenged councillors to enable people to ‘swim at their own risk’.
Wayne Hemmingway cited the example of the diving pontoon in the harbour in Copenhagen where local residents can swim in the harbour without any form of policing or regulation and are trusted to do the right thing, swimming at their own risk.
Wayne also underlined the importance of creating inspiring places where people want to live, work and spend their leisure time.
The report embraces some of the key themes outlined by Wayne at the conference and sets out a number of key proposals which will be delivered by the Council and its partners over the next 5 years.
The Council will continue to support businesses and retailers in this area to make the transition to a new future for this part of the town.
Cllr John Campion, Cabinet Member for Planning & Regeneration said:
"I’m very proud of the success that the Council has made of its ReWyre regeneration initiative and of the real benefits it has been able to deliver over the last five years. We must continue to move forward and look at the new challenges the district faces and that is why I arranged the October conference. We were all inspired by what Wayne Hemingway had to say and have focussed our plans for the next five years of ReWyre on some of the exciting ideas Wayne’s presentation generated amongst the delegates on the day. I’m very much looking forward to continuing the delivery of real benefits to the residents and businesses of Wyre Forest for the next five years.
“It is vitally important that the Council, as a community leader, has a clear set of plans and priorities to support its visionary economic development and regeneration work going forward. The Council is absolutely committed to delivering on its existing commitments such as the £2m public realm improvement scheme in Kidderminster Town Centre, but also to finding long term solutions to some of the most challenging and complex sites within the district such as Worcester St and Bromsgrove Street, rather than applying short term fixes.
Our businesses and residents must have confidence that the Council is striving to ensure that the district has a flourishing economy and that’s exactly what our ReWyre initiative sets out in the report for our next Cabinet meeting.”
Councillor Marcus Hart, the Leader of the Council said:
“We will continue to surge ahead with our regeneration work. We will continue to work positively with the two local enterprise partnerships and with our other partners in this crucial work on regenerating the district.”
The Cabinet meeting is open to the public and takes place in the Council Chamber at Wyre Forest House on 16th December at 18.00 hrs.
To help set a future course for the next five years of the ReWyre initiative and to also guide the Council’s future investment in its economic development and regeneration activities, a major conference branded as ‘ReWyre ReNewed’ took place on 13 October 2014 at Spring Grove House in Bewdley. Around 60 delegates from the public, business and education sectors attended the event.
Pictures show (in order of appearance): Penny Black square, Bull ring plans and proposed layouts.