Worcester City Council sets £10.2m budget

Worcester City councillors have approved a £10.2 million budget for 2018/19, including a range of initiatives to deliver the ambitions in the City Plan. The City Plan aims to build a successful future for Worcester and money has been set aside in next year’s budget to improve the city centre, increase the range of walking and cycling opportunities, boost housing and more. The...
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Your chance to find out how to be a councillor

If you’re thinking of standing as a councillor in May’s Worcester City Council elections, you won’t want to miss a special briefing session on March 19. The event at the Guildhall will give prospective candidates – and their potential agents – all the essential information they need to know. Starting at 6pm, the evening will run through essentials like how to complete nomination papers,...
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Drive to recruit next generation of engineers starts young

Worcester City Council and the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership have set up the city’s first Engineering Challenge for Primary Schools, in a bid to encourage more young people to consider a career in the profession.  For years employers have warned of an acute shortage of skilled engineers at all levels in the UK - it is estimated that the country needs 1.8 million new...
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Discover rarely displayed artworks by Worcester's most famous artist

Benjamin Williams Leader’s The River Llugwy near Bettws-y-Coed Benjamin Williams Leader: Blest by the Suns of Home, at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, brings together important and rarely displayed artworks by Worcester's most famous artist, placing them in the context of the First World War.  The exhibition runs from 17 February until 2 June 2018. It's not every...
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Worcester’s bell ringers urged to join nationwide World War One commemoration

The Leader and Deputy Leader of Worcester City Council are encouraging the city’s bell ringers to sign up for a nationwide event to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. Ringing Out for Peace takes place on Armistice Day, November 11 2018, and will see more than 1,000 churches and cathedrals ringing their bells simultaneously at 7.05pm. An appeal has gone out to church bell...
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Review of South Worcestershire Development Plan looks to 2041

An official review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), the document that sets out policies for providing jobs and homes up to 2030, has begun. The Government requires that the Plan – prepared by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council – is reviewed every five years to ensure it is keeping up to date with housing requirements. ...
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Going green to keep Worcester streets clean

Two new electric vans have been brought in to help keep Worcester’s streets looking clean. The new vehicles, sporting colourful designs announcing they are “Electric-powered for a cleaner city”, have replaced old diesel vans and are used by the City Council’s street cleaning department. Councillor Joy Squires, Chair of the City Council’s Environment Committee, said: “The diesel vans we...
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Launch of city electric bike scheme for Worcester

One of the Country’s largest city-wide electric bike (e-bike) share schemes will launch in Worcester today (February 12), thanks to a partnership between local organisations. The Woo Bikes scheme is initially being piloted by staff and students at the University of Worcester but will be open to other employers in the City.  The ambition for the project is for it to be rolled out to...
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New action proposed to tackle dog fouling - have your say

New action proposed to tackle dog fouling – have your say Worcester City Council is considering introducing tougher powers to tackle dog fouling on pavements and in parks and open spaces – and is seeking views from local people on the new proposals. The City Council receives a number of complaints every year about dog fouling, with 211 received between March 2016 and October 2017. ...
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Have your say on new planning guidelines for south Worcestershire

People across Worcester, Malvern Hills and Wychavon are being encouraged to have their say on important new planning guidelines that will affect how housing and other developments take place over the next 12 years. Consultations have been launched today on three new draft supplementary planning documents (SPDs) that set out proposed policies on renewable energy, water management and the...
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