Meet Worcester’s new Mayor

A new Mayor of Worcester was voted in at a virtual meeting of the City Council this week (Tuesday 19 May). Cllr Jo Hodges has taken over the chain of office from the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Allah Ditta. This will be Cllr Hodges' second mayoral term in office; the first being in 1999 – 2000.Cllr Stephen Hodgson is Worcester's new Deputy Mayor."It is a ...
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Use car parks not yellow lines, motorists reminded

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Drivers are being encouraged to use Worcester's car parks and resist the temptation of leaving their cars on yellow lines, as some lockdown restrictions are lifted.With the Government allowing people to leave their homes more often and take longer journeys it is expected that there will be an increase in the number of motorists heading into the cen...
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Mayor donates 10,000 masks to NHS in Worcestershire

The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, has donated 10,000 masks to the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust, to help protect NHS staff as they continue to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.The masks have been paid for by the Worcester Muslim Cemetery trustees."The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly devastating for ethnic minori...
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Thanks for supporting Worcester’s waste crews

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From cheering and clapping, to colourful messages stuck to the bins and even gifts - Worcester residents have been really showing their support for the city's waste crews during the lockdown.Now Worcester City Council is returning the compliment, with massive signs on the sides of two 26-tonne waste lorries reading, "Your waste collection crews tha...
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Action to control gull population continues during lockdown

With the peak gull nesting season now upon us, action is being taken in Worcester to deter the birds from nesting on residential and business rooftops.Hawks and falcons have been deployed to make daily two-hour flights round Britannia Square, near Worcester's city centre, with the aim of putting off gulls from nesting there.The flights, which are m...
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City Council gives isolated Veterans a helping hand to keep in touch

A Worcester charity has joined forces with the City Council to purchase five computer tablets, to help Veterans who are in isolation stay in contact with the wider world.Stepway, a local charity launched in 2019 to help Veterans readjust to civilian life, is lending the equipment to individuals who have no home access to a computer.Worcester City C...
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Mayor encourages food donations during Ramadan

 The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, is encouraging local residents to donate to the Worcester Foodbank and to local charities during Ramadan (23 April – 23 May 2020).Members of the Worcester Mosque are making donations to the Worcester Foodbank and other local charities every Friday, throughout the month of Ramadan. On Friday 1 May the ...
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What are your ideas for investment in Worcester’s future?

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 Worcester residents and businesses are being encouraged to have their say on how a multi-million pound national investment pot should be spent.The city is in the running to scoop up to £25 million from the Government's £3.6 billion Town Fund.Plans to spend the money are to be drawn up by a Worcester Town Board established by the City Council ...
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Worcester Show cancelled due to coronavirus

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Worcester City Council, after discussions with the organising committee and other stakeholders, has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel this year's Worcester Show because of uncertainty around the coronavirus lockdown.The show, which regularly attracts around 10,000 visitors and is a fixture of Worcester's vibrant events calendar, was due to b...
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Worcester City Council to start holding virtual committee meetings

Worcester City Council is set to hold its first "virtual" committee meeting next week, to ensure local democracy continues despite the Coronavirus outbreak.The Planning Committee will be the first to meet via an online video conference on Thursday April 23 from 1.30pm, and the public and press will be able to listen in to the meeting via our websit...
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Garden waste collections back in action

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Worcester City Council is resuming collections of customers' garden waste on Tuesday 14 April.The paid-for service had to be suspended on 19 March so that the Council could focus on emptying black bins in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.The Council has put extra resources into bin collections over the past week to catch up with all black and g...
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Free parking in Worcester for health workers, carers and volunteers

 Worcester City Council is allowing NHS staff, health and social care workers, and NHS Volunteer Responders to park for free in the city – in line with Government guidance.The free parking has been in place since the start of the Coronavirus lockdown, but the Government is now providing official parking passes to health workers and volunteers ...
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Extra CCTV installed in bid to protect NHS staff cars

Worcester City Council's Community Safety team has joined forces with West Mercia Police to install extra CCTV cameras at the Royal Worcestershire Hospital, following recent thefts from nurses' cars while they worked.Thieves stole catalytic converters, which contain precious metals, from the cars when they were parked in the hospital's car park on ...
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Support for school leavers to discuss next steps

Are you aged 16 - 24?  If you haven't decided your next step yet, and need help to secure a place in education, training or to apply for apprenticeships from September, help is at hand! Contact the team of qualified advisers by calling 0300 666 3 666 to discuss your options - or go to the Skillls4Worcestershire website for more infor...
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£3.575m to be paid in grants lifeline to Worcester businesses

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 available ...
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Action to ensure waste and recycling services continue

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Worcester City Council's waste and recycling collection team is working hard to make sure the city's bins are emptied during the corona virus pandemic.Eleven crews were out in operation today, and are aiming to complete all outstanding black bin collections by the end of tomorrow (Friday 4 April). From next week, residents should continue to leave ...
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City Council considers acquiring flats and houses to help people at risk of homelessness

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 A...
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Have your say on proposed changes to social housing allocation in South Worcestershire

Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon District Councils are joining forces to launch a new scheme to allocate social housing across the three districts. The South Worcestershire Partnership will move away from Home Choice Plus, the current allocation system, and is seeking views from local people on its proposed new allocations policy.The policy ha...
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Coronavirus: Support for Worcester residents struggling to pay Council Tax

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.Worcester residents also have the option to spread their Council Tax payments over 12 months instead of the usual ten - as long as you start paying in April. To set this up, please email march@southwor...
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Support for Worcester residents struggling to pay Council Tax

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: residents also have the option to spread their Council Tax payments over 12 months instea...
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