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Worcester City Council is processing £3.575m worth of grant applications from local businesses, with payments arriving in bank accounts from today (6 April). 267 grants are being paid to a wide range of local businesses - including hairdressers, estate agents, restaurants, mechanics, printers and recruitment agencies. Grants of £10,000 are availabl...
Worcester City Council is encouraging residents who are facing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 virus to apply for Council Tax Support. Applications can be made here:  https://www.worcester.gov.uk/council-tax/pay-my-council-tax Worcester residents also have the option to spread their Council Tax payments over 12 months inste...
 The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, has urged residents to stay calm and to work together to minimise the impact of coronavirus and its ramifications on the city. "Getting to grips with this virus is possibly the greatest peacetime challenge our country and this city has faced," said the Mayor of Worcester. "There is not a person in thi...
We are experiencing some delays in emptying green recycling bins, due to staff absence and self isolation.All black bins should be emptied. Apologies – please leave your green bin out and we will aim to get to it in the next few days. 
The gull nesting season is rapidly approaching – so Worcester residents and businesses are being urged to try alternative tactics to discourage the birds from nesting on the roofs of local properties. Regularly opening and shutting skylight windows or doors, using an extended pole or long garden cane to tap loudly on roof areas and physically makin...
 A popular Worcester curry house has made sweeping improvements – and following an independent inspection has seen its food hygiene rating progress from one star to five stars; the highest possible rating. The Anarkali Indian Restaurant, based on The Tything in Worcester, was re inspected by Worcestershire Regulatory Services in early 2020.The...
Worcester's historic Guildhall (High Street Worcester, WR1 2EY) has a new option with a twist to offer to couples considering tying the knot in 2020 and beyond. The City Council now has a licence to conduct marriage ceremonies in The Guildhall's cells – an atmospheric option for those who want a wedding with a difference! This week saw the first we...
Worcester City Council is considering introducing new measures to discourage the intentional feeding of gulls; aggressive begging and dangerous cycling and skateboarding in the city centre. Members of the City Council's Communities Committee, which meets on Tuesday 10 March, will review the findings of a 12-week public consultation on the potential...
Official figures released by the Government show a fall in the number of rough sleepers recorded as sleeping in Worcester. Nineteen people were found to be sleeping rough in November last year according to the official figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The figure is a snapshot taken from a count ...
An animal lover from Pershore has scooped a £250 prize in the Worcester Community Lottery (www.worcesterlottery.org), set up in 2019 to raise funds for local charities and good causes. Players have a one-in-50 chance of winning a prize, up to a maximum of £25,000.Since the lottery was launched in April 2019 it has raised over £25,000 for local good...
Thanks to the growing popularity of higher and degree level apprenticeships, Worcester's buoyant IT sector is providing an increasing number of local young people with the opportunity to work in an exciting, fast paced environment without the need to gain a University degree first. Now a decade old, Worcester-based firm Airband (www.airband.co.uk) ...
The creation of a new cultural quarter for Worcester has moved a step closer, with the submission this week of a planning application to redesign and refurbish a number of Worcester's Victorian railway arches. The application, which has been submitted by Worcester firm KKE Architects on behalf of the University of Worcester, is an important mi...
James Allison from Hollymount School in Worcester has beaten off competition from across the city to design the Mayor's Christmas card. The seven-year-old's colourful drawing – showing Santa Claus flying over the Guildhall with his reindeer – was chosen as the winner in this year's primary school competition to design the Mayor's festive greetings ...
Worcester City Council is seeking feedback from local people on an existing scheme introduced to help raise standards in the city's Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). An HMO is a house that has been split into separate living areas so that several different households can live in it. The council is particularly keen to hear the views from tenant...
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