MAJOR improvements to the Westlands estate are on the way after a special meeting called by Wychavon District Council.
An action plan is now being drawn up after the Droitwich West Summit at Westlands Community Hall on September 10.
Representatives from Wychavon, Platform Housing Group, Worcestershire County Council, Westlands Residents’ Group and Droitwich’s MP Nigel Huddleston were among those who attended to discuss a range of issues.
The group looked at changes needed to improve the physical appearance of the area as well as identifying the strengths of the Westlands community had that could be built upon to create even stronger, thriving neighbourhoods.
Some early actions were agreed on the day including creating a simpler, unified system for people to report litter and fly-tipping issues on the estate, as well as improvements to the play area.
There were also three immediate long-term priorities agreed – to create a safer crossing over the A38, regenerate the area and to change the perception of the Westlands.
Wychavon made a commitment to invest £250,000 into the area in 2017 through its Droitwich West project with another £100,000 being added to the fund in 2020.
Coun Chris Day, Wychavon District Council’s Executive Board Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Westlands does have some challenges but it also has a great community that’s passionate about where they live and that gives us a tremendous base to build on.
“All of the partners present at the summit recognised the opportunities the area has.
“I’m excited now to work with residents and our partners to start to make the improvements necessary to realise this potential.”