City Council considers acquiring flats and houses to help people at risk of homelessness

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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

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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

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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:  https://www.worcester.gov.uk/council-tax/pay-my-council-taxWorcester residents also have the option to spread their Council Tax payments over 12 months instea...
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Coronavirus: Registration opens for grants to Worcester businesses

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Registration is open now for Worcester businesses that qualify for grants to help them through the Coronavirus outbreak.Grants of £10,000 are available to small businesses that already qualify for small business rate relief or rural rate relief. Grants of £25,000 will be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property that has ...
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Coronavirus: waste and recycling collections in Worcester

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Worcester City Council has put in place a contingency plan to deal with disruptions to waste collection services in the coming weeks and months. The Coronavirus outbreak means that there will be periods over the coming weeks and months when the Council's waste and recycling team does not have its full roster of staff available, as some will be self...
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Emergency Coronavirus support for businesses

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced an emergency rescue package for businesses in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.Some of the key measures will involve reducing Business Rates and making direct cash grants to the most-affected business sectors:a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail; hospitality; leisure; nursery; bingo...
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Mayor urges Worcester residents to stay calm and to work together

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 The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, has urged residents to stay calm and to work together to minimise the impact of coronavirus and its ramifications on the city."Getting to grips with this virus is possibly the greatest peacetime challenge our country and this city has faced," said the Mayor of Worcester."There is not a person in this ...
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Updates on refuse collections

We are experiencing some delays in emptying green recycling bins, due to staff absence and self isolation.All black bins should be emptied. Apologies – please leave your green bin out and we will aim to get to it in the next few days. 
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City Council ready to support Worcester through virus crisis

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The Leader and Deputy Leader of Worcester City Council say that critical services to the public will be maintained during the on-going Coronavirus outbreak.Waste and recycling collections, street cleaning, bereavement services and support for vulnerable people including rough sleepers and flood victims will be prioritised as the Council works to su...
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Make your presence known, as gull nesting season approaches

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The gull nesting season is rapidly approaching – so Worcester residents and businesses are being urged to try alternative tactics to discourage the birds from nesting on the roofs of local properties.Regularly opening and shutting skylight windows or doors, using an extended pole or long garden cane to tap loudly on roof areas and physically making...
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Council allows night-time deliveries to shops & stores

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Worcester City Council is temporarily relaxing the enforcement of planning conditions restricting night-time and early morning deliveries to retailers of food, sanitary and other essential items. The move will provide the retailers with greater flexibility and help them minimise disruption to supply chains amid the coronavirus outbreak.The announce...
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Coronavirus: Worcester City Council cancels meetings

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In response to the Coronavirus pandemic Worcester City Council has cancelled several upcoming meetings. The decision has been agreed by the Leaders of all of the Council's political groups.All meetings up to and including March 24 have been cancelled.This includes the Policy & Resources Committee (March 17), Audit & Governance Committee (Ma...
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CCTV upgrade begins in Worcester

Chief Inspector Gareth Morgan of West Mercia Police; Janet Barrett, Internal Account Manager & Sales support at contractors Tellemachus Ltd; Cllr Lynn Denham, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council’s Communities Committee; and Cllr James Stanley, Chair of the Communities Committee in front of the new CCTV camera on Worcester Bridge Chief Inspector Gareth Morgan of West Mercia Police; Janet Barrett, Internal Account Manager & Sales support at contractors Tellemachus Ltd; Cllr Lynn Denham, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council’s Communities Committee; and Cllr James Stanley, Chair of the Communities Committee in front of the new CCTV camera on Worcester Bridge
A major programme of improvements to the CCTV network in Worcester city centre has begun.The £600,000 project will take four months to complete and will see 93 new high definition cameras installed, connected by high-speed fibre optic cabling.The improvements – which will provide much clearer camera images and the ability for some cameras to view 3...
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Curry house serves up five-star food hygiene rating

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 A popular Worcester curry house has made sweeping improvements – and following an independent inspection has seen its food hygiene rating progress from one star to five stars; the highest possible rating.The Anarkali Indian Restaurant, based on The Tything in Worcester, was re inspected by Worcestershire Regulatory Services in early 2020.The ...
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Project to reduce rough sleeping launches in Worcestershire

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Housing First, a new approach to helping rough sleepers back into permanent accommodation, is being launched in Worcestershire this month.Worcester City Council, working with each of the five district councils across Worcestershire, led a successful bid for funding from the Government to trial the service for one year. Additional money from the Cit...
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Historic Worcester road set to be given special status

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A historic Worcester street, with many late 19th and early 20th Century houses, could be set to be formally designated as a Conservation Area.Worcester City Council's Planning Committee will be asked to give Park Avenue, in the Barbourne area to the north of the city centre, the special status when they meet on March 19.Conservation Area status is ...
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Indulge in local food and produce at Victorian Fayre

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​Food and drink lovers alike will delight in the 'fare' that will be available at this year's Worcester Victorian Fayre from Thursday 28 November until Sunday 1 December.The Victorian Fayre is a veritable hunting ground for homemade sweets, cakes and bakes, cheeses, ales, ciders, sauces, jams and chutneys – which all make great and very affordable ...
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Government awards £3m to transform Worcester’s railway arches

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Worcester's railway arches are set to be transformed into a major new cultural destination for the city, providing a hub for business and creative skills development.The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright MP, has today awarded £3m in funding to this ambitious £4.5m project, from the Cultural Development Fund. Th...
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Tie the knot in Guildhall’s haunted cells

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Worcester's historic Guildhall (High Street Worcester, WR1 2EY) has a new option with a twist to offer to couples considering tying the knot in 2020 and beyond.The City Council now has a licence to conduct marriage ceremonies in The Guildhall's cells – an atmospheric option for those who want a wedding with a difference! This week saw the first wed...
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