You Said - We Did
You said: Make it quicker and easier for residents to access the M5 and vice versa
We did: You will be aware of roadworks being conducted by Worcestershire County Council, leading from the M5 junction 7 to the Ketch roundabout, but we have been working in partnership with the County Council on a bid to the Department for Transport regarding funding for the dualling of Carrington Bridge. In October it was announced that £57m had been awarded to build a second bridge over the River Severn and complete dualling of the A4440 through to Powick roundabout. It is envisaged this will be completed by the end of 2021.
You said: We need to improve train connections to London
We did: We have been working in partnership with Worcestershire County Council on the Worcestershire Parkway development, which has received planning consent with the site acquired by the County Council. Construction is underway. We have also lobbied for improved frequency and journey times serving the district as part of the new rail franchise process and new West Midlands operators Abellio have confirmed investment in additional services and longer trains on the Birmingham to Hereford Line from end of 2018. We will be lobbying to improve services to London as part of the Cotswold Line franchise review due in 2019.
You said: Provide incentives for businesses to take on apprentices
We did: Our apprenticeship grant has helped support Small and Medium Enterprises in the district to take on 16 new apprentices in 2016/17. We are committed to creating a further ten this year and have been promoting the grant to local businesses at events like network lunches run by Worcestershire Apprenticeships. We are also working in partnership to develop a process for generating training and apprenticeship opportunities from local developers, as part of our planning processes. To find out more visit https://www.malvernhills.gov.uk/business
You said: Reach out to young people in rural areas.
We did: In July 2017, we produced a newsletter for young people to keep them informed of things like apprenticeships, work placements, broadband and more which can be found here.
We also have a commitment in our five year plan to give young people a voice on key issues in the area. If you would like to know more please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You said: Communicate the responsibilities of each council to the public, how they work together and how to access their services. Also promote your good work.
We did: We have been out and about in the district in 2017, promoting what we do and speaking to our residents in your local communities. We have had a stand at eleven events across the district. We also get out and about with our councillors on doorknocks and ‘Meet your council’ days. Find out where we have been and will be here. We also launched our residents’ magazine Proud of Our Place to provide you with important service information and keep you up to date with our work.
You said: Bring internet access into 21st Century.
We did: We have contributed funding to the Superfast Worcestershire Programme and championed investment in new fibre networks and new cabinet installations across the district. On broadband speeds, currently 83 per cent of residents in Malvern Hills District have superfast (24Mb+) broadband speeds with more fibre being rolled out into rural areas over the coming year. Visit www.superfastworcestershire.com/ for the latest updates and to find out if you can get superfast broadband in your area.