Festive parking offers for Christmas shoppers

Festive shoppers have been given an early Christmas gift by Worcester City Council – free parking on Thursday evenings and a great deal on Sundays too! Shoppers taking advantage of late night opening in city shops on Thursday evenings will be able to park free of charge after 6pm on Thursdays from today (23 November) up to and including 21 December. And starting on Sunday 3...
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Cash for businesses offering placements to university students

A local business has been the first to take advantage of the opportunities offered by a new graduate grant scheme, thanks to a new partnership between Worcester City Council and the University of Worcester. Titania , an award-winning cyber-security company based in Barbourne, has created its first industry placement for university students with help from the £1,000 grant. “We are a...
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Perdiswell Leisure Centre wins official recognition for highest standards of accessiblity

Perdiswell Leisure Centre has become one of only seven leisure centres in the West Midlands to receive the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) in recognition of its accessibility to disabled people. Worcester City Council put accessibility at the top of its priorities when it planned the revamp of the leisure centre. It was opened in January and is operated by Freedom Leisure on the...
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Ready to help rough sleepers when the cold weather comes

A night shelter for rough sleepers is ready to open in Worcester if freezing temperatures arrive over the winter months. Worcester City Council, countywide homelessness contractor CCP and Maggs Day Centre – based in the city centre – have joined forces to make sure the shelter can be up and running if the weather hits zero degrees or snow falls. Based at Maggs, the night shelter will...
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£12,000 annual energy savings at Grade 1 Listed Guildhall

A cross-party project to make one of Worcester’s most historic and recognisable buildings more energy efficient is set to deliver an annual saving of £12,000. Labour’s Councillor Lynn Denham, Conservative Cllr Roger Knight and the Green Party’s Cllr Louis Stephen led the project to find ways of cutting energy usage at the Grade 1 Listed Guildhall. Now plans have been backed by Worcester...
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All the Fun of the Victorian Fayre in Worcester this Christmas

This year’s Victorian Christmas Fayre promises to be a truly spectacular event, with nearly 200 stalls filling the streets of Worcester from Thursday 30 November until Sunday 3 December. Now in its 25th year, the Victorian Christmas Fayre is one of the most prestigious street fayres of it’s kind in the Midlands - contributing an estimated £7 million to the local economy each year. There...
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Official count of rough sleepers in Worcester

An official count of the number of people sleeping rough on Worcester’s streets has been completed. Staff from Worcester City Council, Maggs Day Centre and countywide contractor CCP joined the city’s street pastors to carry out the count in the early hours of Friday 10 November. The result will be delivered to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which is compiling...
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Mayor of Worcester channels Biggles to take on charity sky dive

The Mayor of Worcester is getting ready to swap his chain of office for a ripcord. Councillor Steve Mackay has announced he will be joining army paratroopers to jump out of a plane at 12,000ft – in the hope of raising £500 for three local charities. And the Mayor is calling on city residents to sign up to sponsor him to ensure his funding target isn’t just pie in the sky. Sponsor him...
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£290k crackdown on Worcestershire rogue landlords

Landlords whose properties are overcrowded, at risk of fire or are being used for criminal activity, could be given on-the-spot fines or face prosecution under a new crackdown across Worcestershire. The Government has awarded £291,390 to the six district Councils of Worcestershire to implement a county-wide crackdown on rogue landlords.  The bid, led by Worcester City Council and in...
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Worcester green campaigns win international awards

Worcester initiatives to encourage recycling and sustainability have been recognised in the international Green Apple Environment Awards. Two joint initiatives by Worcester City Council and the University of Worcester scooped prestigious prizes in the awards, presented at the Houses of Parliament. An initiative to encourage students to recycle more scored a Green Apple prize in the Local...
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