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Meet Worcester’s new Mayor

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson

A new Mayor of Worcester has been voted in by members of Worcester City Council. Councillor Adrian Gregson has taken over the chain of office from the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Stephen Hodgson. Cllr Louis Stephen is Worcester's new Deputy Mayor. Cllr Adrian Gregson said: "I am pleased and humbled to have been elected to the position of Mayor by my colle...

Final schemes under £19.6m Worcester Towns Fund to be considered

Artist's impression of what the revamped area around Isaac Maddox House (seen at the rear) could look like Artist's impression of what the revamped area around Isaac Maddox House (seen at the rear) could look like

Worcester city councillors will meet next week to approve the final two schemes to be launched with the £19.6m investment into the city from the Government's Towns Fund. A total of five projects will be funded, following the City Council's successful bid to the national initiative. Business cases have already been approved for the first three and, ...

£150 energy rebate for Worcester Council Tax payers

Energy rebate

Worcester City Council is making final arrangements to pay the £150 energy rebate to households in the city that are registered to pay Council Tax. The energy rebate is part of the Government's response to the recent rise in fuel bills, and it is to be paid out by local councils. In Worcester, households that pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit w...

New Mayor for Worcester

Worcester Guildhall Worcester Guildhall

Worcester's new Mayor has taken up residence in the Parlour at the Guildhall with outgoing Mayor Councillor Stephen Hodgson offering up the chain of office to Cllr Adrian Gregson, who was voted in at tonight's Annual Council meeting. Cllr Louis Stephen was voted in as Deputy Mayor.New Mayor, Cllr Gregson, told the meeting: "My charities will be Ons...

Cattle ‘let loose’ as part of natural care plan on meadows

Cattle on Ronkswood Meadow

A 15-strong herd of hand-reared cross-bred cattle are about to be released on Ronkswood Hill Meadows, as part of an annual conservation exercise by Worcester City Council. The cattle will be allowed free rein on the local nature reserve site, to help preserve grassland and wildflowers. The initiative is designed to act as a natural and cost-effecti...

Help shape Worcester’s new electoral boundaries

The Guildhall Worcester The Guildhall Worcester

Worcester residents are being given the chance to help shape the city's electoral boundaries. 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 arrangements have not been reviewed for 20 years, and now the independent Local Gover...

Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Worcester as full England route revealed

The Queen's Baton Relay in Worcester

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Worcester during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed. Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen's Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games. In Englan...

Results are in for Worcester City Council election

Man at a polling station submitting his vote

The results are in for the elections for members of Worcester City Council, held on May 5. With all the votes counted, Labour won six of the 13 seats that were being contested, the Conservatives won four, the Greens won two and the Liberal Democrats won one. This means the political balance on the City Council is now: Conservatives – 15 seats Labou...

Architects appointed for Worcester’s new arts centre

An artist’s impression of how the restored and reopened Scala Theatre and Corn Exchange could look An artist’s impression of how the restored and reopened Scala Theatre and Corn Exchange could look

Worcester City Council has taken an important step forward in the creation of a new performance arts and theatre venue in the northern part of the city centre, with the appointment of architects and consultants. The City Council secured £17.9 million from the Government's Future High Streets Fund to revamp the area around Angel Place and Angel Stre...

Delay to publication of revised South Worcestershire Development Plan

Worcsester skyline

The updated South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will not be published for consultation in July as scheduled, because work on the key documents relating to development sites and the infrastructure needed to support them is yet to be completed. More time is required to finalise the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) which is a crucial eviden...

Nominations are open for the Mayor of Worcester’s Big Jubilee Lunch

The Guildhall Worcester The Guildhall Worcester

The Mayor of Worcester will be holding a special Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5 June as part of the city's celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen becoming the first monarch in history to reign for 70 years. The event at the Guildhall will see the city's first citizen joined by local residents who have contributed to the wellbeing of the city over the...

The race is on for local elections

Worcester City Council elections on 5 May Voting

Local elections have officially begun, with candidates of all parties hoping to secure Worcester residents' votes on Thursday May 5. Formal notices have been published for the City Council elections, marking the formal start of the contests. Voters will be going to the polls in 12 of the city's 15 wards, because the City Council currently holds ele...

Dog owners can now pick up a ‘woof’ guide to Worcester

Worcester Woofs leaflet

Dog owners can now plan fun-packed days out with their four-legged friends by checking out a new guide: 'Worcester Woofs,' available from the Tourist Information Centre in the city's Guildhall. Leaflets detailing the best places for locals and visitors to take their dogs for walks, along with a list of dog-friendly places to eat and drink, have now...

Footpath closed for work on historic wall

Fort Royal park wall

Part of the pavement on Worcester's London Road, alongside Fort Royal Park, has been temporarily closed so that repairs can be carried out to a damaged wall. The closure has been put in place opposite Green Hill, next to 55 London Road. Signs are in place asking pedestrians to cross to the other side of the road. The closure has been put in place s...

New memorial garden to open in Worcester

Forget You Not Garden at Worcester Crematorium

A newly-created memorial garden will open at Worcester's Astwood Crematorium and Cemetery next week, coinciding with the National Day of Reflection on 23 March. The centrepiece of the nature-themed Forget You Not Garden is a stone postbox designed to look like a beehive, and it is intended to act as a unique opportunity to remember those who were l...

Help shape Worcester’s new transport strategy

Transport strategy graphic

Worcester residents are being asked to help shape a new transport strategy for the city centre. The City Council is preparing the new policy to help decide what improvements and changes to transport routes and infrastructure will be needed in the future. The completed strategy will operate within the context of the county-wide Local Transport Plan....

Have your say on proposals to permanently close pedestrian railway crossings

The Kays railway

Worcester residents are being invited to have their say on the draft orders to permanently close two pedestrian railway crossings in the city because of concerns about safety and anti-social behaviour. The orders are being made in response to concerns that people could be injured when they walk across the rail lines at the crossings at Brickfields ...

Your chance to find out how to be a city councillor

Councillor graphic image

If you're thinking of standing as a councillor in May's Worcester City Council election, you won't want to miss an upcoming special online briefing session. The event will give prospective candidates – and their potential agents – all the essential information they need to know about the elections. The briefing will be held at 6pm on Thursday March...

Knife Angel arrives in Worcester with message of hope

The Knife Angel

The Knife Angel, the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, will be in Worcester for the month of March 2022, to spread its message of hope for social change. The imposing 27ft-tall statue has been created from over 100,000 knives and blades confiscated by 43 UK police forces. It was designed by Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Cen...

£30,000 proposed to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Worcester

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Worcester city councillors have backed the investment of £30,000 in events across the city to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee - including funding street parties and other community activities. In June this year the nation will celebrate The Queen's 70th year on the throne, with the centrepiece of events being an extended bank holiday ...

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