Chainsaw cold callers could kill

Chainsaw-selling cold callers are posing a threat to public safety and residents are being urged to be on their guard, experts have warned. Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) is warning against people selling chainsaws door-to-door, after safety concerns about the products and complaints about the practice have been raised. WRS Joint Committee Chairman Councillor Marcus Hart...
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Free sport and play to keep boredom at bay!

School’s nearly out! Have fun this February half term, and join in with the City Council’s free multi-sport activities. Our Sport, Art & Play team has joined forces with Worcester Community Trust and Worcester Play Council to provide a week of free activities at fifteen venues across Worcester.  Activities include kwik-cricket, parachute games, den building, face painting,...
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Help available to quit smoking for good

The best thing you can do to improve your health is to give up smoking. Now there’s a completely free opportunity to do so - and to get rewards in return! “Quit time drop-in” sessions are now running every Monday from 11am to 2pm at the Warndon Community Centre and the Tolly Community Centre, until 14 May 2013. These free clubs are open to everyone and will offer help, support and...
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New parking charges come into effect

New cut-price charges come into force in Worcester City Council’s car parks on Friday, February 1. The initiative will include a cut-price all day rate at St Martin’s Gate multi-storey, a new 30-minute parking charge and a new flat rate evening parking price. Councillors voted to introduce the charges last year, in a bid to support the local economy and back city businesses. ...
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Opportunity to apply for MOD funding for local projects

Worcester residents are being encouraged to apply for Ministry of Defence (MOD) funding.  £30 million has been allocated nationally to be spent before the end of the 2014/15 financial year on supporting local projects. This funding is available to support local projects which strengthen ties and mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider...
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New planning rules proposed for student houses in Worcester

Worcester City Council is to consult local people on proposals to toughen up local planning rules to make it harder for residential homes to be converted into student houses. Currently a house occupied by a single person or a family can be turned into a “house of multiple occupancy” (HMO) – for shared use by students or other people renting individual rooms – without planning permission....
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Mayor’s fanfare to help city’s homeless

If music be the food of love, play on! Now is the chance to woo your loved one with an early Valentine’s treat when Worcester Concert Brass takes centre stage in aid of the Mayor’s charities. Worcester’s Mayor Councillor Roger Berry is hosting this popular annual brass band concert in the Assembly Room at the Guildhall, on Friday 8 February at 7.30pm. The programme will include...
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Guidance issued on purchases from companies now in administration

Worcestershire Regulatory Services are issuing guidance to consumers worried about goods ordered or purchased from businesses in administration or that have ceased trading. Trading Standards Officers have suggested the following six top tips for residents: If a resident has purchased goods that cost between £100 and £30,000 and have used a credit card to pay, the credit card...
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Action to give hope to city’s growing homeless population

Homelessness is on the increase nationally, and Worcester is no exception. In a bid to increase awareness and to raise funds for local charities which support people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, the Mayor of Worcester will be hosting the city’s first Homelessness Action Day later this month. The free event, which is branded ‘Homeless, not Helpless’ will take...
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New consultation opens on plan for future of South Worcestershire

A new consultation opens this week on the Plan that will guide South Worcestershire’s economic and housing growth until 2030. The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) is being jointly prepared by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council. Once adopted, it will form the basis for planning decisions across South Worcestershire until 2030. ...
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