Plan to boost walking and cycling in Worcester

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Worcester people will be supported to make more journeys by walking and cycling under a new plan to be considered by city councillors. Proposed initiatives to give more people the opportunity to take up 'active travel' will include launching a bike share scheme for residents and visitors, working with schools to encourage more pupils and students t...

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Blooming lovely! Worcester’s roadside verges and green spaces help boost biodiversity


Worcester's roadside verges and green spaces are becoming a riot of colour again this year as Worcester City Council continues to expand its wildflower initiative. The City Council declared a biodiversity emergency three years ago, recognising that action needed to be taken immediately to stop the decline of native species. Since then it has been l...

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Event will showcase volunteering opportunities in Worcester


People looking to make a difference by volunteering are invited to a special event showcasing opportunities available with local charities and organisations. Worcester Volunteer Expo 2023 has been organised jointly by Worcester City Council and Worcester Community Action and will run from 10am to 2pm on Friday June 9 at the Guildhall. Around 40 org...

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Meet Worcester’s new Mayor

The new Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Louis Stephen, at the Guildhall The new Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Louis Stephen, at the Guildhall

A new Mayor of Worcester has been voted in by members of Worcester City Council. Councillor Louis Stephen has taken over the chain of office from the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Adrian Gregson. Cllr Mel Allcott is Worcester's new Deputy Mayor. Cllr Stephen said: "The role of Mayor has existed for centuries, and it is a great honour to be named as the firs...

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New Mayor for Worcester


 Worcester's new Mayor has taken up residence in the Parlour at the Guildhall with outgoing Mayor Councillor Adrian Gregson handing over the chain of office to Cllr Louis Stephen, who was voted in at last night's Annual Council meeting. Cllr Mel Allcott was voted in as Deputy Mayor. New Mayor, Cllr Stephen, told the meeting: "It is a great hon...

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Voter ID and how it impacted on Worcester City elections


The vast majority of voters in Worcester City took an acceptable form of ID with them, with 99.7% of electors being able to vote at the city's 47 polling stations. 115 (0.8%) people turned up at the polling station without acceptable ID, but of these, 68 later returned with acceptable ID and were able to vote. By the close of the poll, just 47 peop...

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New accessible toilet planned for Worcester city centre


Plans are underway to bring a new fully accessible toilet to the Cornmarket, as part of Worcester City Council's bid to make the city centre accessible to all. The Changing Places facility will be a large accessible toilet with equipment such as hoists, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers. Thousands of people with profound and multipl...

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Tributes paid to long serving councillor Simon Cronin


Worcester City Councillor Simon Cronin has died following a short illness. He was 64. His death comes just days after he was re-elected to his seat in Nunnery Ward, with a majority of 330 votes. He held the Nunnery seat for the past 16 years, having been first elected in 2007. Simon was active in a wide range of issues relating to the Council's lic...

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Work set to begin on improvements to Meco Memorial Nature Park


Work is about to begin on a programme of improvements to transform the Meco Memorial Nature Park. Work to improve the park, (more commonly known as Sanctuary Park) is to begin on Tuesday May 9 and will include the creation of a memorial area to remember the victims of the bombing of the Meco Works during the Second World War. The memorial will incl...

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Results are in for Worcester City Council election

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The results are in for the elections for members of Worcester City Council, held on May 4. With all the votes counted, the Greens won five of the 11 seats, Labour won 4, and the Liberal Democrats won 2. This means the political balance on the City Council is now: Labour – 13 seats Greens – 10 seats Conservatives – 8 seats Liberal Democrats – 4 seat...

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Card payments to return to Worcester car parks, five to go app-only

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Credit and debit card payments will be available again in Worcester City Council's car parks from next month, as new payment machines are installed. The City Council is working with new partner Metric Group to introduce the new machines, following problems last year that saw customers charged multiple times for card payments. Its 14 car parks have ...

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Scouts enjoy a cuppa as guests of honour in the Mayor’s Parlour

Mayor of Worcester Cllr Adrian Gregson with 16th Worcester Scouts.

 Mayor of Worcester Cllr Adrian Gregson welcomed some special guests for tea in the Mayor's Parlour after this year's St George's Day service and parade. 16th Worcester Scouts and Worcester District Commissioner Lucy Barkas enjoyed a cup of tea in the Mayor's Parlour after the event on Sunday. The St George's Day service saw the cathedral pack...

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Find out more about Ash Dieback at park talk

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Worcester residents are being offered the chance to find out more about Ash Dieback and how it will be dealt with across the city. Worcester City Council's Tree Officer Harry Simms is to give a talk about the tree disease at an event in the Sons of Rest Building in Gheluvelt Park on Saturday April 29 at 11am. The talk will be followed by a question...

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Worcester gets set to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III

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Worcester is to mark the King's Coronation in style, with a weekend packed with celebration. Bunting and flags will add a splash of colour to streets across the city as friends, neighbours and communities gather to mark the occasion with picnics and street parties. The Guildhall will be lit up in red, white and blue and – in partnership with Worces...

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1980s theme for this year’s Worcester Show

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 Preparations are well underway for this year's Worcester Show which is to have a 1980s theme, with stallholders and visitors invited to join in the fun and don '80s fashion for the event. In collaboration with Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Worcester Show organisers are fostering its 'I Grew Up 80s' exhibition on loan from collector M...

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

A view of Worcester Cathedral, with the words "Elections 4 May"

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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