£20 million paid out in lifeline to Worcester businesses

Nearly 1,500 Worcester businesses have received payments totalling approximately £20 million through three central Government COVID grant funds since the lockdown began in March. Worcester City Council has processed payments to 1,435 Worcester businesses through the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grants Fund. A...
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VJ Day 75th anniversary to be marked in Worcester

The Mayor of Worcester will lead a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory in Japan), the day on which the Second World War finally came to an end, on Saturday 15 August. Councillor Jo Hodges will open the event at 11am at the Guildhall in High Street. It will include prayers, poetry and a minute's silence. Social distancing requir...
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Funding for proposed Worcester walking and cycling bridge is welcomed

The Leader of Worcester City Council has today welcomed the announcement by the Government of £1 million in funding for a proposed new walking and cycling bridge across the River Severn. The investment in the ambitious project is among £12 million coming to Worcestershire as part of the Government's Getting Building Fund, which aims to deliver jobs...
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What does Worcester’s historic city centre mean to you?

A survey has been launched to explore residents' perceptions on the importance of heritage in Worcester's city centre.  The findings will contribute to decisions on how the city's historic character can best be preserved and protected in the future. Worcester's Historic City Conservation Area was designated in 1969 and covers most of the ...
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Help get rough sleepers off the street for good

Property and landowners are being urged to come forward to help Worcestershire's councils ensure homeless people and rough sleepers do not return to the streets, as lockdown restrictions are eased. During the height of the covid-19 pandemic, the county's six district, borough and city councils helped 137 people off the streets and into temporary ac...
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Don’t lose your vote – Worcester residents urged to look out for their voter registration letter

Worcester residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date. With elections taking place in the city in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. Worcester City Council is sending out letters to all the c...
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Pubs, restaurants & cafes can apply now for outdoor seating licences

Worcester's pubs, restaurants and cafes can now apply to put tables and chairs on the pavements outside their premises, so they can serve more customers while sticking to social distancing rules. Parliament has approved a new fast-track system for approving pavement licence applications, to help support the hospitality sector in England recover fro...
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Covid-19 causes delay to SWDP Review

   The completion of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan has been delayed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was hoped the document would be ready for public examination in early 2021. But lockdown restrictions have made it impossible to complete a number of technical assessments and evidence gathering need...
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Bid for £18m of Government cash for Worcester city centre to be considered

Worcester city councillors are to be asked to back a bid for £18m of Government cash, to help regenerate the northern quarter of the city centre. The city is in the running for a share of the Government's Future High Streets Fund, which is making grants of up to £25m available to selected cities. When it meets on July 28 the City Council's Policy a...
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The doors are opening again at Worcester’s sports centres

Worcester's popular Perdiswell Leisure Centre – home to the city's championship-standard swimming pool – will be open again from Saturday 25 July. And a week later the city's other two main sports centres, St Johns and Nunnery Wood, will also be back in action, from 1 August. Worcester City Council and Freedom Leisure have jointly made the announce...
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