What does Worcester’s historic city centre mean to you?

A survey has been launched to explore residents' perceptions on the importance of heritage in Worcester's city centre.  The findings will contribute to decisions on how the city's historic character can best be preserved and protected in the future. Worcester's Historic City Conservation Area was designated in 1969 and covers most of the ...
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Help get rough sleepers off the street for good

Property and landowners are being urged to come forward to help Worcestershire's councils ensure homeless people and rough sleepers do not return to the streets, as lockdown restrictions are eased. During the height of the covid-19 pandemic, the county's six district, borough and city councils helped 137 people off the streets and into temporary ac...
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Covid-19 causes delay to SWDP Review

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   The completion of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan has been delayed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was hoped the document would be ready for public examination in early 2021. But lockdown restrictions have made it impossible to complete a number of technical assessments and evidence gathering need...
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Don’t lose your vote – Worcester residents urged to look out for their voter registration letter

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Worcester residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date. With elections taking place in the city in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. Worcester City Council is sending out letters to all the c...
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Pubs, restaurants & cafes can apply now for outdoor seating licences

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Worcester's pubs, restaurants and cafes can now apply to put tables and chairs on the pavements outside their premises, so they can serve more customers while sticking to social distancing rules. Parliament has approved a new fast-track system for approving pavement licence applications, to help support the hospitality sector in England recover fro...
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Bid for £18m of Government cash for Worcester city centre to be considered

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Worcester city councillors are to be asked to back a bid for £18m of Government cash, to help regenerate the northern quarter of the city centre. The city is in the running for a share of the Government's Future High Streets Fund, which is making grants of up to £25m available to selected cities. When it meets on July 28 the City Council's Policy a...
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The doors are opening again at Worcester’s sports centres

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Worcester's popular Perdiswell Leisure Centre – home to the city's championship-standard swimming pool – will be open again from Saturday 25 July. And a week later the city's other two main sports centres, St Johns and Nunnery Wood, will also be back in action, from 1 August. Worcester City Council and Freedom Leisure have jointly made the announce...
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A Welcome View greets visitors to Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

Brand new exhibition at the Art Gallery & Museum - A Welcome View features iconic Worcestershire scenes Rainbow of Art thanks NHS staff and Key Workers 'Good to Go' industry standard awarded - measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff Visitors to Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum are being greeted by a brand new exhibit...
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City Council to help local communities recover from lockdown

 Worcester City Council has drawn up a draft Community Recovery Strategy to help ensure people across the city get the support they need as the city and the nation start to come out of lockdown. The draft Strategy, which will be considered by the Communities Committee on Wednesday July 22, is a broad-ranging plan that includes promoting physic...
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New survey maps out gull population across Worcester

 An independent survey of Worcester's gull population has been commissioned and published by Worcestershire Regulatory Services. The survey, which was conducted in late April by respected urban gull specialist Peter Rock, estimates that Worcester's gull population currently stands at 1,072 pairs – an increase of 440 pairs from 2006, when Rock ...
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Young people warned over dangers of nitrous oxide

Young people are being warned about the dangers of inhaling nitrous oxide (laughing gas), following the discovery of several hundred empty canisters in parks and open spaces across Worcester since the beginning of lockdown. "It is very dangerous to inhale nitrous oxide (laughing gas) directly from the canister. You risk falling unconscious or suffo...
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Worcester’s historic Guildhall reopens to visitors

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Worcester Guildhall is reopening to the public on Monday July 13, with a range of measures in place to ensure visitors can enjoy the historic building safely. A maximum of 15 visitors will be allowed into the High Street attraction at any one time and a one-way system will be in place to guide people around its Grade I listed splendour. The main en...
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Couples say ‘I do’ again as weddings return to Worcester

 Couples wishing to marry can now plan with greater certainty, with the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions from 4 July 2020 allowing wedding ceremonies to take place with up to 30 people present. Worcester's historic Commandery and sumptuous Guildhall have now re-opened for wedding bookings. Petra Milecova and Paul Bland tied the knot at the ...
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Lottery backed initiative will help rekindle memories of Worcester life

An ambitious initiative which uses archived heritage, digital technology and community events to bring people together through their shared memories of Worcester is to be launched by the City Council and the Worcestershire Health and Care (NHS) Trust. Worcester Life Stories (www.worcesterlifestories.org.uk), which will be launched via YouTube on Sa...
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Worcester Tourist Information Centre re-opens

The Worcester Tourist Information Centre (TIC) is re-opening its doors to the public on Wednesday 8 July. The Centre, which is located on the High Street next to the Guildhall, will initially open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10.00am – 3.00pm and aims to extend the opening hours in August. Staff at Worcester's TIC have conducted a thorough COVID...
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Have your say on how Worcester tackles climate emergency

Worcester City Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and committed itself to taking action to help the city become carbon neutral by 2030.The authority has written a draft strategy setting out options to achieve this – and now we'd like local people to have their say on it. It sets out proposed policies in six areas: Reducing carbon emi...
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Help to pay your Council Tax bill

Worcester City Council wants to remind residents of the help available, if their finances have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and they are struggling to pay their council tax bill. "We recognise the financial difficulty which some of our residents have faced over the last three months – we are therefore trying to be understanding and sup...
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Worcester flag flies to show support for Armed Forces

The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Jo Hodges, was joined by military personnel today (22 June) to observe the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag over the Guildhall. "We are raising the flag over the Guildhall as a sign of thanks and appreciation to all those who put themselves in the front line in order to protect our freedom and way of life.We are als...
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Kepax Walking and Cycling Bridge – Have Your Say

Map showing proposed location of new Kepax walkign and cycling bridge
Improving walking and cycling routes around the county is a priority for Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council. The councils are proposing a scheme to build a new walking and cycling bridge across the River Severn in Worcester. The bridge will run from Gheluvelt Park to the Kepax site in St John's. Ahead of the scheme going ...
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City Art Gallery hunts for artists to create a summer of online community events

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum has been successful in its bid for funding from Arts Council England's coronavirus emergency response fund. There are 14 commissions available for artists, creative practitioners and performers in the new 'From the Art Gallery with Love' project. Digital artworks and online events, such as Museum After Hours,...
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