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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

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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”

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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

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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...

Public asked how often Worcester City elections should take place

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 Worcester City Council is asking the public how often they think elections should take place. City Council elections are currently held three years out of every four, with a third of its councillors elected each year. Worcestershire County Council's election is normally held in the "off" year. Now city councillors are set to consider whether ...

When to put your bins out this Christmas

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 Domestic bin collections in Worcester will run as normal over Christmas. There will be no changes to collection days, thanks to City Council staff working on the bank holiday on Tuesday 28 December. Bins will also be collected on the normal days in the following week, commencing 3 January. If you need to check which day your black or green bi...

Extra Christmas tree to be installed

Christmas Tree at St Johns Roundabout

Worcester City Council is set to bring even more festive joy to the city, with the installation of an additional decorated Christmas Tree at the bullring roundabout, on the border of the St John's and Bedwardine areas of the city. This will be in addition to the illuminations already in place on the large, permanent tree at the roundabout. Council ...

Plans for Worcester’s new theatre move forward

Scala Theatre at Angel Place

Councillors are set to consider the next steps in the £17.9 million regeneration of Angel Place and the surrounding area, when Worcester City Council's Policy and Resources Committee meets on 16 November 2021. This significant redevelopment, supported by central Government's Future High Street Fund, will see Worcester's Angel Place and the surround...

Public urged not to touch sick or dead birds

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 The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has now confirmed there is avian influenza A (H5N1) in wild bird populations in Worcestershire and the Stratford area of Warwickshire. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is now urging people in Worcestershire and Warwickshire no...

New talent sought to perform at 2021 Victorian Christmas Fayre

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Organisers of Worcester's 2021 Victorian Christmas Fayre are looking for amateur choirs, bands, dance groups, soloists and ensembles to perform at the popular event, which regularly attracts over 100,000 visitors to the city centre. Selected groups will be invited to perform for 30 or 60 minutes on either the main stage in Cathedral Square or in Be...

Worcester residents urged to take up offer to insulate homes and generate solar power for free

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 A Worcester resident is urging others to make the most of an offer to insulate homes and generate solar power for free. Ken Digger, who lives in Himbleton Road, Worcester, recently had solar panels fitted on the south-facing property of the home he owns – with the entire cost covered through the Government's Green Homes Grant delivery scheme....

Further delay to SWDP Review

 The review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan has been delayed again. The decision is to give more time for vital technical studies to be completed. It means the plan now won't be published in October 2021 ready for public consultation and submission for independent examination in February 2022. A new timetable is being drawn up for...

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NRLA & Worcestershire District Councils Joint Landlord Meeting

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For this year's Landlords' Forum we have gone bigger and better by working with all Worcestershire district councils and the National Residential Landlords Association! We are bringing you a joint Worcestershire forum for all landlords and letting agents across Worcestershire. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the forum will be streame...

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