Wychavon officers and members last night (16 October) visited a Droitwich Town Council meeting to present the progress on the Droitwich West promise highlighting the good work that the project has started in earnest.
David Manning, the project lead explained to town councillors how action on the ground so far had started with building pride in the area. This had comprised litter picks, bollard and underpass painting, a revamped footbridge and generally making the area look cleaner and tidier.
Wychavon’s Executive Board had also made a visit to the area, earlier in the month to hear more about the project and to see some of the visual elements in practice.
David also touched on how they planned to work with schools in identifying children in need of additional support and seeing what extra interventions could take place to develop their life chances. Wychavon are also working with local youth group DAFFY on litter picks and reaching out to young people.
A community fun day also took place in the summer which played host to various activities including Wychavon’s climbing wall and was well attended the local community.
In addition, a weeks worth of activities took place highlighting the pitfalls of illegal money lending and the presence of a giant shark roaming the estate had not gone unnoticed!
Cllr. Lynne Duffy, Deputy Leader at Wychavon said “It was fantastic to tell the town council more about the project. It is making a great start and to give the town council this information first hand is really brilliant. I look forward to seeing how all the partners can work together to really improve the lives of those living on the Westlands estate. We all need to start talking more positively about the area to give back pride to those who live there.”
The next steps for Wychavon are to investigate what more will have the most impact in the area from improving the physical environment to changing attitudes to education and getting partners working more closely together.