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Make sure you are registered to vote in Worcester’s elections

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Worcester residents are being urged to ensure they're registered to vote by the deadline of 17 April so that they can have their say in the upcoming local elections. Worcester City Council currently holds elections in three out of every four years, with a third of councillors being elected each time. This year, voters will go to the polls in 1...

Mayor unveils revamped memorial to Worcestershire soldiers who died in First World War

The Mayor (second from left) with the Worcestershire Ambassadors at the expanded and re-dedicated Worcestershire regiment memorial in Geluveld, Zonnebeke. Photo: Eric Compernolle The Mayor (second from left) with the Worcestershire Ambassadors at the expanded and re-dedicated Worcestershire regiment memorial in Geluveld, Zonnebeke. Photo: Eric Compernolle

The Mayor of Worcester has led the unveiling and rededication of a memorial in Belgium to Worcestershire soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Gheluvelt during the First World War. Councillor Adrian Gregson led a Worcestershire delegation to Geluveld, Zonnebeke on Friday March 24 for the ceremony at the renovated and extended memorial to t...

When to put your bins out in Worcester this Easter

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Domestic bin collections in Worcester will run as normal over the Easter holiday. There will be no changes to collection days. If you need to check which day your black or green bin will be collected you can use the City Council's bin round look-up service. Don't forget to make sure your bins are placed out by 7am on your day of collection. For the...

Planning application is in for final phase of Worcester’s Arches regeneration

The former Jaqk's take-away at 56 Foregate Street, Worcester

The planning application to demolish a former take-away in Foregate Street, creating a new walking and cycling route to The Arches – Worcester redevelopment, has been submitted. Residents can now have their say on the proposals, which would create a new direct link between Foregate Street railway station and The Hive and the river Severn.  Pla...

The race is on for Worcester City Council elections

Worcester City Council elections on 4 May 2023 Voting

Local elections have officially begun, with candidates of all parties hoping to secure Worcester residents' votes on Thursday May 4. Formal notices have been published for the City Council elections, marking the official start of the contests. Voters will be going to the polls in 11 of the city's 15 wards, because the City Council currently holds e...

Cost of living and child poverty support in Worcester

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Councillors are to be asked to support more cost-of-living support for Worcester residents and the investment of more than £46,000 in steps to tackle child poverty in the city. Worcestershire has been allocated £7.9 million from the Department of Work and Pensions's Household Support Fund to help people deal with the cost-of-living crisis, and Worc...

Your chance to find out how to be a councillor in Worcester

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If you're thinking of standing as a councillor for Worcester City Council or a parish council, 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 online briefing will be held at 6pm on M...

£240k boost for air quality monitoring

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Real-time public alerts on local air quality incidents are just one of the new air quality monitoring services set for areas in Worcestershire, after a bid for government funding was successful. The bid for over £240,000, made to the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) by all six Worcestershire district councils in the autum...

Worcester City Council ends car parks contract

Copenhagen Street Car Park

Worcester City Council has informed Flowbird, provider of the payment machines in its 14 car parks, that it is terminating the latter's contract. The decision has been taken by the Council's Policy & Resources Committee following a review of arrangements, including two major issues at Flowbird payment machines in Worcester car parks. In Septemb...

Have your say on housing strategy

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Worcester residents are being asked to give their views on a new housing strategy that sets out how the needs of city residents will be met over a 20-year period in Worcester and the wider county. The draft Worcestershire Housing Strategy sets out proposed policies for meeting the future housing needs of people who live in the city and county and a...

60 at 60 – Mayor of Worcester to celebrate city’s historic pubs

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson, launching his Mayor-ale trail with Catherine Verman, landlord of The Plough in Fish Street, a Grade II Listed building that is one of Worcester’s oldest traditional pubs The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson, launching his Mayor-ale trail with Catherine Verman, landlord of The Plough in Fish Street, a Grade II Listed building that is one of Worcester’s oldest traditional pubs

The Mayor of Worcester is marking his 60th birthday by visiting 60 of the city's historic pubs, to highlight the central role they play in their communities. Councillor Adrian Gregson will also use his three-month "Mayor-ale trail" to highlight his charity appeal in aid of two local community organisations, and encourage donations to them. Cllr Gre...

Three chances to tell us face-to-face – what is the future of play in Worcester?

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Children, young people, and their parents and carers are being given the chance this week to have their say face-to-face on the playgrounds and outdoor spaces they want to see in Worcester. As part of a major consultation on the future of play in the city, Worcester City Council is hosting three drop-in sessions for people to come along and give th...

New information signs to be installed at Worcester’s riverside park

Riverside park in Worcester

Work will get underway this spring to install new information signs at the entrances to Worcester's beautiful Riverside Park. Fifteen new totem-style signs will be put in place to welcome visitors to the park, and will include maps, information on walking and cycling routes, stories from the rich history of the area, and family-friendly facts on th...

Additional funding confirmed for planned Scala arts centre development

Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer

Additional funding has now been confirmed for the proposed redevelopment of Worcester's Scala Theatre, taking the ambitious plans a step closer to becoming reality. The proposals will transform the Angel Place area, attracting world-class arts, music, and comedy acts to Worcester, as well as giving a much-needed boost to local businesses. A plannin...

New website to boost Worcester’s tourism appeal

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A new website has been launched to further boost Worcester's growing reputation as a tourist attraction. The new site is based around the city's Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at the Guildhall in High Street. It's bursting with useful information about why Worcester is a great place to visit, what's on in the city, and the services on offer ...

Worcester residents need photo ID to vote at elections in May

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For the first time, residents in Worcester will need to show photographic identification (ID) to vote at the City Council elections in May. Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote by checking they have the right form of ID. A wide range of photo identification can be accepted, which most people will already have, including a p...

Councillors to consider steps to address costs of running Worcester’s leisure centres

The swimming pool at Perdiswell Leisure Centre

Worcester city councillors are to be asked to support a range of measures to tackle the increased running costs at the city's three leisure centres, to ensure that residents will continue to have access to sport, fitness and exercise facilities. The proposals are in response to the recent rises in energy bills that have left Freedom Leisure, the no...

Car park prices increase considered, to support services to Worcester residents

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Worcester city councillors are to be asked to consider the first increase in car park charges in 14 years, in order to ensure services can continue to be delivered to residents. Prices at the 14 car parks operated by Worcester City Council have not gone up since 2009, and the Environment Committee is to be asked to support new prices that will stil...

City Council plans to buy land for new walking & cycling pathway

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Worcester city councillors are to be asked to consider making a Compulsory Purchase Order to help acquire land for the creation of a new walking and cycling route linking the city centre and Shrub Hill railway station. The Shrub Hill area is undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration, turning it into a major new centre for residential, business ...

Planning application for Worcester’s new arts venue submitted

Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer

The planning application for an exciting new arts venue in the heart of Worcester city centre has been submitted for approval and is available for comment on the Worcester City Council website. The ambitious proposals would transform the Angel Place area, attracting world-class arts, music, and comedy acts to Worcester, as well as giving a much-nee...

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