Review will save almost £200k

South Worcestershire councils (Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon) have taken positive action to review Council Tax single person discounts and have been successful in finding incorrect claims. In an exercise carried out last year, 646 incorrectly applied single person discounts were discovered worth £196,418 in annual Council Tax. Single person discounts are for people living in...
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Supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs

Worcester City Council is stepping up its support for young people in a bid to help them develop the skills which local employers are seeking, and to nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. Worcester Sixth Form College, Tudor Grange Academy and the King’s School were amongst local schools to compete in the city’s Young Enterprise Company programme – an annual event which helps young people to...
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Raised allotment plots available for gardening lovers

Raised allotment beds are available for hire at two of Worcester’s popular allotment sites – and are ideal for gardeners who are less able bodied. The inspiration for the idea came from a lady who rented a plot at the Timberdine Avenue Allotment site (WR5 2DD) but then had to relinquish the tenancy three years ago as her movement became more restricted. Worcester City Council has created...
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Cattle ‘let loose’ as part of natural care plan on meadows

A 13-strong herd of hand-reared cattle has been released on Ronkswood Hill Meadows, as part of an annual conservation exercise by Worcester City Council.  The cattle will be allowed free rein on the local nature reserve site, to help preserve grassland and wild flowers. The initiative is designed to act as a natural and cost-effective way of keeping the grass short enough to allow the...
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More outdoor play on the way for Worcester

Worcester City Council is revamping four play areas this spring, in a bid to improve opportunities for children to enjoy outdoor play – and there’s some new equipment for adults too! Over £220,000 will be spent on installing new play equipment and resurfacing areas at four of the city’s most popular playgrounds.  Approximately 25 per cent of the costs will be covered by Section 106...
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Tackling alcohol consumption on Worcester’s streets – have your say

Worcester City Council is considering introducing tougher powers to curb the consumption of alcohol in public places – and is seeking views from local people on the new proposals. The proposals would see the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), requiring any person in a designated public place not to drink alcohol and to surrender to a police officer any container in...
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Dog suffers burns at hands of ‘dreadful’ owners

A Worcestershire Dog Warden has been left broken after a stray, who was emaciated, had suffered burns, had open wounds and had obviously suffered for some time, was found in the Worcester area. Pip Singleton, who works for  Worcestershire Regulatory Services is urging residents to think twice before they buy a pet and consider the commitment and cost first. The dog, who has...
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Make sure you check where your polling station is before you vote on May 3

Worcester residents are being urged to check the location of their polling station ahead of the City Council elections on May 3 – as some polling stations have changed this year. There are four new polling stations in use this year, so some voters will be heading to a new venue to cast their vote. Every voter’s polling card lists where they need to go to cast their vote – and the...
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New professional network for under 25s is launched

A new countywide network for young professionals has been launched, thanks to support from Worcester City Council.   The new Tyro Events network will offer free sessions throughout the year and are open to 18 – 24 year old entrepreneurs, students, graduates and apprentices. Each event will take place at a different venue across Worcester, and will feature a motivational speaker.  ...
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Time to grow for the Worcester Show

Despite a cold, wet start to the year some warmer, drier weather will soon be with us.  Green-fingered residents are now being encouraged to dust off their trowels, dig out their seeds and compost and start planting to ensure they can harvest their fruit and vegetables in time for the city’s annual Worcester Show. The popular event, which attracted approximately 13,000 visitors last...
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