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Car parks duplicate card payments update - 2 October 2022

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We are aware that many people continue to see duplicate card payments being taken out of their bank accounts having parked in Council Car Parks between 28 August and 29 September. We sincerely apologise for any frustration and distress this may be causing you and we are continuing to do all we can to rectify matters as quickly as possible. Our mach...

Leave your car at home – and make your visit to Worcester Show a green one!

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Visitors to this year's Worcester Show are being encouraged to consider leaving their cars at home and instead use public transport - or walk or cycle to the event. Worcester Show takes place on Sunday August 14 at Pitchcroft Racecourse and whilst parking will be available near the site, people travelling from outside Worcester are encouraged to us...

New Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy launched by Worcester City Council

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Worcester City Council has published a new strategy aimed at tackling inequality, challenging discrimination, promoting inclusion and celebrating diversity in the city. The new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is designed to help reduce inequalities in the city and safeguard the rights of people protected by the Equality Act 2010. The new...

Action to support free school meals announced at Worcester cost of living conference

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Worcester City Council is to pay for free lunches over the majority of the summer holidays for children who would normally receive free meals in term-time. The initiative, funded by £215,000 from the Council's hardship fund, was announced at a conference it organised to discuss how the cost of living emergency is being handled in the city. Announci...

New electoral wards proposed in Worcester

Aerial View of River Severn and Worcester Cathedral.

Worcester City Council has proposed that the city's largest electoral area is split in two, as part of its response to a public consultation on the city's electoral arrangements. The city is currently divided into 15 electoral areas, known as "wards", with each of them electing either two or three councillors to Worcester City Council. The current ...

New timetable for SWDP Review announced

A consultation on a draft of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will take place later this year, subject to approval by councillors. The Regulation 19 Publication – effectively a draft of the plan before it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate – will be published in October when it will be considered by councillors ...

Howzat! Good news for cricket fans as Worcester’s first public wicket set to open

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Budding cricketers across Worcester will be able to try out the sport free of charge as the city's first public cricket wicket is set to open. Worcester City Council plans to install the £9,000 synthetic wicket at the King George V Playing Fields this week, meaning it will be open for the latter half of the cricket season, which runs until late Sep...

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Where to watch The Queen’s Baton Relay in Worcester

The Queen's Baton Relay in Worcester

Preparations are underway for The Queen's Baton Relay arrival in Worcester – and there are plenty of vantage points for all to watch the Batonbearers carry the Baton through the city. The Baton will arrive in Worcester at around 5.30pm on Friday July 22, as part of the build-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Relay will begin at The ...

South Worcestershire showcase their Safer Streets project at partnership event

Team photo of Hannah Cooper(Purple Leaf), Rob Rich (Malvern Hills DC), Warwick Neale (Worcester City Council), Fergus Green (West Mercia Police), Gloria Hawthorn (WorcesterBID) and Nicola Lowery (Assistant Police And Crime Commissioner). Left to right: Hannah Cooper (Purple Leaf), Rob Rich (Malvern Hills DC), Warwick Neale (Worcester City Council), Fergus Green (West Mercia Police), Gloria Hawthorn (WorcesterBID) and Nicola Lowery (Assistant Police And Crime Commissioner).

A number of partner organisations from across South Worcestershire have today formally launched a new campaign to encourage everyone in the county to play their part in ending male violence against women and girls. The West Mercia Wide partnership event was hosted at Sixways on Thursday 23rd June, listening of the voices of victims and survivors of...

Next stage of £19.6m investment in Worcester

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Active travel, enhancing Worcester's heritage offer, and improvements to the city's Riverside Park will be on the agenda when councillors meet to discuss the next stage of the investment of £19.6 million into the city. Two more business cases to release cash from the Government's Towns Fund will be debated by Worcester City Council's Policy and Res...

Worcester to hold candle-lit vigil for the people of Ukraine

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A candle-lit vigil will be held in Worcester on Thursday to show support for and solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The event will take place in Cathedral Square for 30 minutes from 7pm and people from all the city's communities are welcome to attend. The Knife Angel, the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, is currently being hos...

Ukraine: joint statement from Worcester City Council’s party leaders

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There can be no one in Worcester who is unmoved by the plight of Ukraine at this terrible time. Our city and county are home to a strong and proud Eastern European population and we know that they will stand with us when we say that our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine. Many refugees from this conflict will make their way to the UK under the ...

City Council acts to tackle untidy empty homes in Worcester

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Worcester City Council has taken action to tidy up four empty and neglected properties in the city over the past 12 months. The work has included the removal of household waste the and the clearance of very overgrown gardens, in an effort to prevent the houses becoming a blight on their neighbourhoods. Using its planning powers, the Council has the...

Worcester City Council sets £12.26m budget

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Worcester City councillors have approved a £12.26 million net budget for 2022-23, including a range of initiatives to boost the city's economy as the recovery from the Covid pandemic picks up pace. Major initiatives to regenerate parts of the city centre, new play and community facilities, and celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee and the Commonweal...

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Hawks return to Worcester early to crack down on Gulls

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The hawks that were released in Worcester last year to deter gulls from the city centre are returning earlier this year as extra funding has been provided to tackle the issue. The Harris' hawk will appear around the city from the end of February until May to discourage the birds from nesting when they migrate to the UK for the spring and summer mon...

Grants for beleaguered city centre traders

Poundland building with scaffolding on Broad Street

Worcester City Council is offering financial support to traders in a city centre street that has been badly affected by repair works to an at-risk building which led, at one stage, to the road being closed. Grants of between £1,200 and £2,700 are being made available to businesses in the lower part of Broad Street, whose trade was hit in November w...

Member of “Cricket Dynasty” launches Worcester as QGC “Champion City”

6.-Mandy-Neil-Tom-Wisniewski-Brett-DOliveira-Mayor-Iwona-Gustztyn-Wiola-Dylnicka Left to right: 6. Mandy Neil, Tom Wisniewski, Captain Brett D'Oliveira, Mayor of Worcester, Iwona Gustztyn, Wiola Dylnicka

Brett D'Oliveira, Worcestershire County Cricket Club Captain, will help to plant a series of Jubilee trees to restore an Edwardian Avenue at Worcester Racecourse on Friday 11th February, in celebration of Worcester becoming a QGC "Champion City". Brett – who is part of the city's "cricket dynasty" and the grandson of legendary England and Worcester...

First chance to see inside Worcester’s revamped Arches

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Local artists and creatives are being offered the chance to get an early preview of the five refurbished spaces which are about to open as part of the £4.5 million project, The Arches – Worcester. Open days will be held on February 9 and 14 at the newly fitted-out Victorian railway arches between The Hive and Netherton Court. Four of the five refur...

Worcester swimming pool to close for 12 weeks for tiles upgrade

Perdiswell Swimming Pool

The timetable for the replacement of the poolside tiles at Worcester's Perdiswell Leisure Centre has been revealed, with the swimming pools set to close for 12 weeks over the summer. The temporary closure will allow new tiling to be installed in the pool hall, providing a new improved anti-slip surface for users of both the main eight-lane pool and...

£1m investment in city at heart of Worcester City Council budget plans

£1m investment in city at heart of Worcester City Council budget plans

An investment of £1.1m in new play, sport, community facilities, the city's appearance and environment, alongside celebrations of the Jublilee and the Commonwealth Games, is at the heart of proposals for Worcester City Council's budget for 2022-23. Initiatives including a new BMX pump track in St Peter's, a new play area in Warndon, electric vehicl...

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