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Results are in for Worcester City Council election

The Guildhall Worcester The Guildhall Worcester

The results are in for the elections for members of Worcester City Council, held on May 2. With all the votes counted, the Conservatives won seven of the 11 seats that were being contested, Labour won three and the Greens one. This means the political balance on the City Council is now: Conservatives – 17 seatsLabour – 15 seatsGreens – 3 seats. Wor...

Historic cricket pavilion set to be dismantled and moved

Cinderella pavilion Cinderella pavilion

 The historic pavilion at the original home of Worcestershire County Cricket Club is preparing to move to its new home. As part of work to bring the Cinderella sports ground back into use, the dismantling of the ornate 19th Century pavilion has now begun. It will be moved to Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings near Bromsgrove, the first ope...

Putting the planet first this Easter

 Worcester City Council is offering residents handy hints to help them crack down on domestic waste over the Easter period. Across the UK it is estimated that more than 8,000 tonnes of waste is generated from Easter egg packaging and cards, while food waste also rises as families come together over the bank holiday weekend. To help, Let's Wast...

Seeing the wood, not the trees, in city’s history

Sidbury The Commandery Museum Sidbury The Commandery Museum

 What do Costa Coffee (High Street), the Commandery Museum and Lush Cosmetics all have in common? They are just a few of the many timber-framed buildings which still exist today, thanks to the conservation work of architects FWB 'Freddie' and Mary Charles from the 1950s to the 1980s. A fascinating new walking trail has now been created, which ...

Riverside bench unveiled in memory of Thomas Jones

L to R - Ian Vicki and Ellie Jones L to R - Ian Vicki and Ellie Jones

 A new riverside bench has been put in place by Worcester City Council, at the request of the family of Thomas Jones. The life of the student, who had recently moved to Worcester, ended in tragic circumstances after a night out in September 2018. The new bench is located on Grandstand Road, between Sabrina Bridge and the Worcester Rowing Club....

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Buy your tickets now for the Worcester Community Lottery

The Mayor launches Worcester Community Lottery with Graham Heath of Worcester Wheels and Helen Simmons of Crossroads Caring for Carers The Mayor launches Worcester Community Lottery with Graham Heath of Worcester Wheels and Helen Simmons of Crossroads Caring for Carers

 Tickets are on sale now for the Worcester Community Lottery - a new local lottery to raise funds for city charities and other good causes. The new Worcester Community Lottery gives players the chance to sign up at www.worcesterlottery.org for entry into a weekly draw and to choose which local causes they want to benefit from their subscriptio...

Record number of young people attend Worcestershire Skills Show

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Worcester City Council is on a mission to ensure more young people are ready for jobs of the future which rely on technology and digital skills. Worcester Bosch and the City Council co-sponsored the pioneering 'Tomorrow Zone' at the fifth Worcestershire Skills Show, held at Chateau Impney in Droitwich on 13 March. The annual event, which is hosted ...

Worcester Sixth Form College triumphs at Young Enterprise challenge

Worcester Sixth Form College Team Athena - overall winners with their soft toy product Worcester Sixth Form College Team Athena - overall winners with their soft toy product

 Students from six schools in Worcester, Malvern and Wychavon battled it out last Saturday (9 March 2019) in a competition designed to test their entrepreneurial skills. The Young Enterprise Spring Trade Fair saw twelve teams of sixth form students selling products which they had created to passers-by on Worcester's High Street. In advanc...

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Another chance to help Oscar at Worcester’s Guildhall

 Worcester's Guildhall is to host a donor registration event this Saturday (March 9), giving city residents another chance to sign up to be a potential match for five-year-old Oscar Saxelby-Lee, who has a rare form of blood cancer. A similar event at Oscar's school, Pitmaston Primary, attracted over 4,800 people last weekend, and the event at ...

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200 new trees for Cripplegate Park

Cllr Joy Squires, centre, meets Taskforce volunteers planting trees in Cripplegate Park Cllr Joy Squires, centre, meets Taskforce volunteers planting trees in Cripplegate Park

Volunteers are planting 200 new saplings in Cripplegate Park, in a bid to improve air quality and to make sure the city centre remains clean and green for generations to come. Members of Taskforce, a volunteer group which gives men with learning disabilities the chance to get involved with positive activities in the community, planted hawthorn, haz...

Worcester City Council sets £10.5m budget

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Worcester City councillors have approved a £10.5 million budget for 2019/20, including a range of initiatives to deliver the ambitions in the City Plan.  The City Plan aims to build a successful future for Worcester and money has been set aside in next year's budget to improve the city centre environment, reduce litter, help people facing hard...

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History festival returns to Worcester

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 This February, the annual Love Worcester festival returns to the historic city. A variety of heritage venues are taking part in the two-week heritage festival, showcasing Worcester's shared history, creativity, culture and innovation, from the prehistoric to the mid-20th Century. From live re-enactments, special exhibitions and chances to get...

Council looks to support residents waiting for Universal Credit payments

City councillors are set to consider offering a £15,000 grant to the Worcester Foodbank every year for the next three years, when the Communities Committee meets on 4 February. Councillors will also decide whether to extend the reach of the City Council's Exceptional Hardship Fund, to include claims from residents who have applied for Universal Cre...

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Consultation on anti-social behaviour powers to be considered

 Worcester city councillors are set to consider consulting the public on the potential introduction of new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in the city centre. The move could lead to fines or exclusion orders for people who are under the influence of drugs in the city centre, cycling or skateboarding in an inconsiderate way in the daytim...

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Advice for EU citizens and businesses on Brexit

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Advice for EU citizens living in the UK If you're an EU citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you'll get either settled or pre-settled status. You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you're an Iri...

Councils urged to be brave to transform high streets

 Councils across South Worcestershire have been urged to be 'brave' by a regeneration expert to help the area's high streets become fit for the future. Jackie Sadek, Chief Executive of UK Regeneration, told a Retail Seminar hosted by Wychavon that local government was at the heart of the debate about how to help town centres find their place i...

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City Council considers acquiring flats and houses to help people at risk of homelessness

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Worcester City Council is considering long term proposals to purchase or lease 62 flats and houses, in a bid to provide more temporary accommodation for people who are at risk of homelessness. The City Council has seen a 40% increase in demand from people in need of housing assistance since the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 came in to force last ...

Council considers £144K investment in ‘green’ litter bins

Cllr Joy Squires trying out one of the solar powered bins last summer Cllr Joy Squires trying out one of the solar powered bins last summer

Councillors will consider purchasing 28 new bins for Worcester's city centre – including a number of recycling bins and solar powered bins designed to hold more - when the Environment Committee meets on 29 January. In the summer the Council conducted a seven-week trial of "Big Belly" solar-powered compaction litter bins, which hold up to eight time...

Government awards £3m to transform Worcester’s railway arches

Members of the Worcester Cultural Partnership celebrate the funding announcement at Worcester's Arches Members of the Worcester Cultural Partnership celebrate the funding announcement at Worcester's Arches

Worcester's railway arches are set to be transformed into a major new cultural destination for the city, providing a hub for business and creative skills development. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright MP, has today awarded £3m in funding to this ambitious £4.5m project, from the Cultural Development Fund. T...

Worcester City Council bans single-use plastics

Plastic Free Worcester Councillors and members of Plastic Free Worcester

Worcester City Council has agreed to end the purchase and use of 'single-use plastic' products, such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws, for any council-related activity. And the organisation has joined forces with the Plastic Free Worcester action group in a bid to encourage other organisations, businesses and event planners to take act...

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