The revolution is here

First published in News

THE revolution has arrived in Evesham as hundreds of people back a new group.

Titled the Evesham Revolution the group aims to affect change in the town by creating new opportunities for people to prosper and through local politics.

It first came to light just over two weeks ago when the group appeared on Facebook, after being set up by town centre resident, Emma Nishigaki.

Since then nearly 800 people have joined the revolution hoping it will help Evesham to thrive as a market town once again.

"There is a big community atmosphere at the moment going on in the town," said Mrs Nishigaki. "I started the group.

"The biggest thing is to help the traders. We need to re-establish some sort of indoor market as a platform for some businesses to start trading. We are hoping to get the former Argos store and offer small spaces for £25 rent per week."

The community spirit in the town has been sparked by the long delays to the closure of the Abbey Bridge.

And Mrs Nishigaki said she thinks the fines incurred by the contractor could be used to subsidise the new venture.

"The fines could be used for the rent, it would benefit the whole town."

Another part of the revolution is to offer an alternative councillor is each ward of Evesham.

"One idea was to put up candidates in all the wards of Evesham," added Mrs Nishigaki. "This was on the back of the unpopularity of some councillors.

"We have identified some candidates. This isn't about rubbishing existing councillors, some of them do a really good job. It is to make councillors work for their seat."

Evesham Mayor, councillor Mark Goodge, responded to the group saying he welcomed more people getting involved in local politics.

"I am all in favour of people getting involved and standing for council. I think the more people involved in local politics the better. We would like to encourage more people to come along to meetings and submit questions to the council.

"As far as the indoor market is concerned I think it is a great idea."

Coun Alan Booth added: "Basically the indoor market is a good idea. This group looks as if they are going to do something about it and if they do I would be very pleased."

There will be an informal meeting of the Evesham Revolution on Wednesday, February 12, at 8pm at Karma pub in Vine Street.

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