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Angel Place Market to re-open

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The popular city centre market in Angel Place, Worcester, will re-open on Wednesday 14 April. A new company, Cotswold Markets Ltd, has been appointed by Worcester City Council to operate the market, which will be open every week from Wednesday to Saturday. Cotswold Markets currently operates markets in Cheltenham, Cirencester, Fairford, Moreton-in-...

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Creatives sought to celebrate landmark 400th anniversary of Worcester City Charter

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On 2 October 1621, James I put his seal to the Charter that granted Worcester the rights and constitution which still form the basis for modern governance of the city today. A Charter Festival is planned during 2021 - and commissions are being offered for artworks inspired by significant aspects of Worcester's history over the last 400 years. The a...

New measures and fines introduced to tackle anti-social behaviour in city centre

Worcester City Council is introducing new measures and £100 fines to discourage the intentional feeding of gulls, aggressive begging, and dangerous cycling and skateboarding in the city centre. A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will be in place from 28 March, giving City Council officers and delegated partners the option to issue a f...

Young people to be at heart of future City Council decisions

A Young Person's Champion is to be appointed to Worcester City Council, putting issues such as child poverty, youth employment and young people's well-being at the heart of future decision-making. The decision, which was made following a motion presented by Cllr Joy Squires to Full Council on 23 February 2021, will see all future City Council polic...

Tennis served up again in Worcester

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Tennis courts in Worcester's Cripplegate and Gheluvelt Parks are set to re-open on 29 March, in line with current Government guidance. The five new tennis courts in Cripplegate Park, which re-opened in September 2020 following a £377,000 investment from Worcester City Council and the Lawn Tennis Association, is expected to be particularly popular. ...

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Local support to help people complete the Census

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Worcester City Council is offering local residents additional support to help them complete Census 2021. "Billions of pounds are allocated to local services across the country using census-based information every year," says Adrian Gregson, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council's Policy and Resources Committee. "However, money can't be allocated to ...

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Zero Carbon Worcester: further action considered

Worcester City councillors will next week consider adopting a detailed environmental sustainability action plan, setting out the first steps on the route for the city to become carbon neutral by 2030. The plan contains 23 actions to be taken over the next two years to reduce carbon emissions in the city.It reflects the objectives set out in the Cit...

Plea to people making Covid self-isolation payment claims

Worcester residents on low incomes who are told to self-isolate because of Covid can apply for a £500 support grant from the City Council. Unfortunately around a third of applications for the Council's discretionary grant scheme are being rejected because people are not able to produce all the supporting information that's needed. Now the City Coun...

Have powers to tackle alcohol consumption in public spaces worked?

Worcester City Council wants your views on whether tougher powers to tackle the consumption of alcohol in public spaces, which were introduced nearly three years ago, have made a difference. A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which currently applies to public spaces across the city centre and some parts of Blackpole, Brickfields and Warndon, ...

Sanctuary chosen as development partner for Sansome Walk site

Sanctuary Group has been named as the developer of the former swimming pool site at Sansome Walk in Worcester. The City Council, which currently owns the land, announced the decision to sell the site following a fresh open competitive procurement process. Sanctuary previously looked set to take over the site under proposals for a development of 76 ...

Financial support to keep Worcester homes warm – and save money on heating bills

Worcester City Council is offering homeowners the opportunity to apply for free external wall insulation, if their combined household income is £30,000 or less. Funding is available following a successful countywide application to government's Green Homes Grant local delivery scheme. This aims to help reduce fuel poverty, phase out high carbon foss...

COVID: Grants on offer to transform empty shop units

 Worcester City Council is offering grants to organisations with fresh ideas on how to breathe new life into empty retail units. The scheme, which is part of the City Council's Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan, offers grants of up to £2,500 to facilitate the temporary occupation of an empty retail premise in the city centre. "This is an opportu...

COVID: More financial support available for businesses during lockdown

The Government has announced a new support scheme for businesses which were required to close due to the national lockdown restrictions introduced on 5 January 2021. "Government has announced further financial support for businesses which have been forced to close since the current lockdown began on January 5 - or which can still trade but have bee...

Mayor of Worcester receives COVID vaccination

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The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Jo Hodges, was vaccinated against COVID on Saturday 23 January. The 72-year-old Mayor received the vaccination at St. John's Medical Centre, after being contacted by her GP. Cllr Jo Hodges said: "I was very relieved to be given my COVID vaccination and it did not hurt at all.  The staff and volunteers at the C...

6,650 new trees planted in Worcester this winter

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6,650 new trees have been planted in Worcester this winter, with the final saplings being planted this week in Perdiswell Park (WR3 7SN). A ten-strong team of staff from Worcester City Council completed the mammoth task of planting 4,000 native broadleaved trees in Perdiswell this week.The species have been selected by the Forestry Commission to ma...

Worcester set to bid for £28m to transform city

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Worcester councillors are expected to be asked to approve a plan to bid for almost £28m when the Council's Policy & Resources Committee meets next week. Worcester City Council will submit a bid to Government's £3.6 billion Towns Fund at the end of January, setting out how a potential £27.9m investment could deliver long-term economic growth for...

Wildflower haven to be created near city centre

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A future haven for wildflowers is being created at Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve (WR5 3DH), close to Worcester city centre. The City Council has joined forces with the Warwickshire & West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company (www.wwmcrc.co.uk) to reclaim a large area of the Reserve which had become overgrown with invasive brambles. Approxima...

Take winter action to deter gulls from nesting in New Year

Worcester residents and business owners are being urged to take action over the winter months to prevent gulls from nesting on their properties in the Spring. "The first step is to remove any nests and nesting materials from your property before the gulls return to Worcester in March and April," says Gordon Dugan, Worcester's Gull Control Officer. ...

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Strong support for proposed measures to tackle anti-social behaviour in Worcester city centre

Worcester residents have shown strong support for proposed new measures to discourage the intentional feeding of gulls, aggressive begging, and dangerous cycling and skateboarding in the city centre. The City Council has proposed the introduction of a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that would give its officers and delegated partners the o...

Mayor hands £10,000 donation to St. Richard’s Hospice

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Worcester City Council has presented a cheque for £10,000 to St. Richard's Hospice – a local charity which cares for adults and their loved ones following diagnosis of a serious progressive illness.  The amount was paid over on behalf of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management's metals recycling scheme, which the City Council's cr...

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