Worcester City Council sets £10.5m budget

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Worcester City councillors have approved a £10.5 million budget for 2019/20, including a range of initiatives to deliver the ambitions in the City Plan. The City Plan aims to build a successful future for Worcester and money has been set aside in next year's budget to improve the city centre environment, reduce litter, help people facing hards...
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Worcester City Council sets £10.7m budget

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 Worcester City councillors have unanimously approved a £10.7 million budget for 2020/21, including a range of initiatives to deliver the ambitions in the City Plan.The City Plan aims to build a successful future for Worcester and money has been set aside in next year's budget to attract more visitors to the city, encourage environmental susta...
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Three historic Worcester sites saved for future generations

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Three historic Worcester sites that were once at risk of being lost have been fully restored – and another six are in line for vital repairs.The annual Worcester Heritage At Risk Register records buildings, scheduled monuments or historic areas that have suffered from neglect, decay or unsympathetic work and which need restoration work. The latest ...
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When to put your bins out this Christmas

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Some bin collections in Worcester will run later than ​usual​ over Christmas and New Year. City Council staff will be working on Saturdays and Mondays to make sure everyone's bins are emptied.Residents are being asked to put a date in their diaries to make sure they don't miss their collection. Residents are being asked to put a date in their ...
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Apprenticeship helps Worcester school leaver gain degree – without student debt

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Thanks to the growing popularity of higher and degree level apprenticeships, Worcester's buoyant IT sector is providing an increasing number of local young people with the opportunity to work in an exciting, fast paced environment without the need to gain a University degree first.Now a decade old, Worcester-based firm Airband (www.airband.co.uk) i...
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Animal lover scoops Worcester Community Lottery prize

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An animal lover from Pershore has scooped a £250 prize in the Worcester Community Lottery (www.worcesterlottery.org), set up in 2019 to raise funds for local charities and good causes.Players have a one-in-50 chance of winning a prize, up to a maximum of £25,000.Since the lottery was launched in April 2019 it has raised over £25,000 for local good ...
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£179m tourism boost to Worcester’s economy, figures show

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Tourism contributed more than £179 million to Worcester's economy in 2018, according to figures released today by the City Council.Research under the respected Cambridge Economic Impact Model shows an 8.5 per cent increase in tourism income between 2015 and 2018, with the figure growing from £165,844,000 to £179,943,000.That's the result of a 5.9% ...
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Warning over Council Tax scam

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Residents are being warned to be on their guard against scammers cold calling them with fake offers of a Council Tax rebate.Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon councils have all received reports from residents who have been targeted in this way in recent days.The scammer claims to be from the finance department of the council and as...
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£670,000 for Worcestershire rough sleeper services

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A bid by Worcester City Council has secured Government funding of more than £670,000 to help rough sleepers come off the streets.The grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government guarantees the continuation and development of services that support rough sleepers across Worcestershire and help them to get back into accommodati...
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It’s ‘7 on the Severn’ as dragon boats launch the 2020 Air Products Worcester City Runs

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A dragon boat trip has helped to launch the 2020 Air Products Worcester City Runs. Members of Worcester Dragon Boat Racing Club joined event organisers and sponsors to celebrate '7 on the Severn' as the event prepares to grow for its seventh year. The popular Worcester City Half Marathon, 10K and Young Athletes Run will be joined on the weekend of ...
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Play area revamps to be considered

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More than £300,000-worth of improvements to play areas in Worcester are set to be considered by councillors.New fencing around the Splashpad, improvements to the play area at Cripplegate Park and a new basketball practice area are among the improvements to be considered by the City Council's Environment Committee on January 28.The improvements, rep...
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Residents and businesses to be asked for views on how Worcester tackles climate emergency

A strategy for how Worcester can become a carbon-neutral city is set to be considered by councillors – with the city's residents, businesses and charities also expected to be asked to give their views.Worcester City Council declared a climate emergency in July last year and committed itself to taking action to help the city become carbon neutral by...
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Plan to create new cultural destination at The Arches-Worcester takes shape

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The creation of a new cultural quarter for Worcester has moved a step closer, with the submission this week of a planning application to redesign and refurbish a number of Worcester's Victorian railway arches.The application, which has been submitted by Worcester firm KKE Architects on behalf of the University of Worcester, is an important mil...
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Mayor opens mediation centre for ex-partners

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 A new centre to help couples resolve disputes has opened in Worcester – with a little help from the City Council.Based in Worcester, the Centre for Resolution is the brainchild of local resident Ryan Compton, a qualified mediation and mentoring practitioner. Ryan set up the practice in 2016, originally hiring community facilities for mee...
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Seven-year-old James designs the Mayor’s Christmas card

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James Allison from Hollymount School in Worcester has beaten off competition from across the city to design the Mayor's Christmas card.The seven-year-old's colourful drawing – showing Santa Claus flying over the Guildhall with his reindeer – was chosen as the winner in this year's primary school competition to design the Mayor's festive greetings c...
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Have your say on the future of scheme designed to raise standards in Worcester’s Houses in Multiple Occupation

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Worcester City Council is seeking feedback from local people on an existing scheme introduced to help raise standards in the city's Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).An HMO is a house that has been split into separate living areas so that several different households can live in it. The council is particularly keen to hear the views from tenants...
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Mayor’s invitation to Eid celebration

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The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, is hosting a special Bank Holiday celebration to mark the end of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha – and everyone is invited.The free event takes place on Sunday 25 August from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Unity House, Stanley Road, Worcester WR5 1BE. There will be a buffet and a bouncy castle for children."The event w...
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In-principle agreement announced to bring Worcester City Football Club home

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Worcester City Football Club are on course to be playing back in their home city in time for the 2020/21 season, thanks to the announcement of an in-principle agreement.Following discussions initiated by Worcester City Council and involving the Club, Worcestershire Football Association and the Club's Supporters' Trust, Worcester City FC are set to ...
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Buy local and support the Worcester economy this Christmas

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The final two weeks of 2019 will be crucial for Worcester's small businesses, with many retailers and restaurants making the bulk of their profit over the festive period.The Mayor of Worcester joined forces with members of the City Council's Economic Development Sub Committee to visit a number of new businesses on Small Business Saturday (7 Decembe...
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Make sure you check where your polling station is before you vote on 12 December

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Worcester residents are being urged to check the location of their polling station ahead of the general election on December 12 – as some polling stations have changed from previous elections.Every voter's polling card lists where they need to go to cast their vote on Thursday.Shane Flynn, Electoral Registration Officer for Worcester City Council, ...
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