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Councillors to consider bold plan for South Worcestershire’s future

A key planning document that will shape the way South Worcestershire develops over the next 20 years is set to be considered by councillors. The review of the existing South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) sets out Worcester City, Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils' vision for the area up to 2041. It includes a Government ...

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First inside image of Worcester’s proposed new arts centre revealed

Architect's drawing of the main auditorium of Worcester's proposed new arts centre Architect's drawing of the main auditorium of Worcester's proposed new arts centre

The first internal image of the new arts centre being proposed for Worcester has today been released. The image shows a cross-section of what the 500-seat new auditorium could look like in the new city centre-based performance arts venue. The arts centre is at the heart of the revamp of the northern end of the city centre, which is being delivered ...

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Cost of living: Help for Households

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The Government has announced that retail deals and discounts to help families over the summer holidays have been launched as part of the Help for Households Campaign. These deals have been signed with various businesses, including Asda, Morrisons, Amazon and Vodafone and are designed to reduce costs at the checkout, help provide entertainment ...

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Work to improve Worcester’s car parks

Parking space with newly painted lines

With many Worcester residents on holiday during August, Worcester City Council is taking the opportunity to carry out important maintenance at some of the city centre car parks it operates, while fewer people are using them. Between Monday and Thursday next week (8-11 August) the Council will be repainting the parking space lines in some of the cit...

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Worcester is ready to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday

Map of The Queen's Baton Relay route through Worcester

The timings and full line-up for The Queen's Baton Relay's route through Worcester have been revealed – with many exciting events taking place across the city. The Relay – part of the build-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – will arrive on Friday afternoon, with local Batonbearers carrying the Baton around the city, encountering a packe...

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Grand National winner to join Queen’s Baton Relay in Worcester

Lizzie Brunt in her Batonbearer gear with Pineau De Re

The most unusual participant in The Queen's Baton Relay when it reaches Worcester this week has been revealed – former Grand National winner Pineau De Re. Pineau De Re was trained by Richard Newland in Claines in the city, and hit the national headlines when he won the legendary race in 2014 by five lengths. The famous horse, now 19-years-old and r...

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Where to watch The Queen’s Baton Relay in Worcester

The Queen's Baton Relay in Worcester

Preparations are underway for The Queen's Baton Relay arrival in Worcester – and there are plenty of vantage points for all to watch the Batonbearers carry the Baton through the city. The Baton will arrive in Worcester at around 5.30pm on Friday July 22, as part of the build-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Relay will begin at The ...

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Worcester arrives on national Dscvr tourism app

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Worcester has joined a growing number of towns and cities on the Dscvr tourism app – a fantastic resource for visitors and residents. The app, available on all smartphones, gives users access to information on shopping, eating, drinking, staying and enjoying themselves in the city – all at their fingertips! From today (9 June) everyone with the Dsc...

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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Worcester as full England route revealed

The Queen's Baton Relay in Worcester

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Worcester during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed. Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen's Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games. In Englan...

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Mosaic welcome sign for the ‘village in the city’

Councillor Alan Amos (left) and Councillor Richard Udall, with the new mosaic sign. Councillor Alan Amos (left) and Councillor Richard Udall, with the new mosaic sign.

Visitors to the St John's area of Worcester are now greeted with a striking and colourful mosaic sign – thanks to two local councillors. The sign welcoming people to the area was commissioned by Richard Udall and Alan Amos, who serve as councillors both on Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council. It has been installed on the Bullri...

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Architects appointed for Worcester’s new arts centre

An artist’s impression of how the restored and reopened Scala Theatre and Corn Exchange could look An artist’s impression of how the restored and reopened Scala Theatre and Corn Exchange could look

Worcester City Council has taken an important step forward in the creation of a new performance arts and theatre venue in the northern part of the city centre, with the appointment of architects and consultants. The City Council secured £17.9 million from the Government's Future High Streets Fund to revamp the area around Angel Place and Angel Stre...

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Delay to publication of revised South Worcestershire Development Plan

Worcsester skyline

The updated South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will not be published for consultation in July as scheduled, because work on the key documents relating to development sites and the infrastructure needed to support them is yet to be completed. More time is required to finalise the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) which is a crucial eviden...

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Dog owners can now pick up a ‘woof’ guide to Worcester

Worcester Woofs leaflet

Dog owners can now plan fun-packed days out with their four-legged friends by checking out a new guide: 'Worcester Woofs,' available from the Tourist Information Centre in the city's Guildhall. Leaflets detailing the best places for locals and visitors to take their dogs for walks, along with a list of dog-friendly places to eat and drink, have now...

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New grants for city businesses hit by Omicron restrictions

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Applications are open now for three new grant schemes that aim to help Worcester businesses whose trade was damaged by the restrictions introduced in response to the Omicron Covid variant or who have struggled to adapt to the impact of the pandemic. Funded by the Government, the three schemes are being administer by Worcester City Council, and city...

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Next step in £19.6m investment in Worcester

Artist's impression of the completed Severn Centre for Health and Wellbeing

Worcester city councillors have backed the first of five business cases for projects that will bring £19.6m of Government investment to Worcester. The City Council has secured the funding from the national Towns Fund, after drawing up proposals to support five major schemes to boost Worcester's economy, promote active travel and provide new skills ...

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Local firm appointed to let refurbished Arches to creatives

Refurbished Arches are nearing completion Spaces at the Arches Worcester will be ready to let in the New Year

Worcester City Council has announced that the recently refurbished spaces in the Arches Worcester (www.thearchesworcester.co.uk) are to be managed and let in the New Year by the team behind The Kiln, a managed workspace in Copenhagen Street. The Kiln offers office, meetings, hot desking and events space to small businesses and freelancers (thekiln....

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City Council invests £150,000 in giving Worcester a Christmas to remember

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester City Council has invested around £150,000 to give the city a Christmas to remember this year – despite the new restrictions introduced in response to the Omicron variant. The funding is behind the decorations that are bringing joy and colour to the city centre and many of the major festive events across the yuletide season, including the ...

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Worcester City Council to support Broad St traders

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Worcester City Council today announces a programme of support for traders affected by the closure of one of the city centre's busiest shopping streets. The lower part of Broad Street has been closed at its junction with Angel Place while emergency work is carried out to make safe a building owned by the Crown Estate. The road closure coincides with...

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All the fun of the Victorian Fayre in Worcester this Christmas

Juggler wearing festive hat.

Worcester's Victorian Christmas Fayre is back – and promises to be a truly spectacular event, with over 180 stalls filling the city's streets from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 December. Now in its 29th year, the Victorian Christmas Fayre is one of the most prestigious street fayres in the Midlands. The event regularly attracts over 100,000 people ac...

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New five-year Worcester City Plan published

Worcester Cathedral and swans

A proposed new five-year City Plan for Worcester is being published for consultation by the City Council, setting out proposed themes and policies that will guide the authority's work until 2026.The draft City Plan has been supported by all four political parties represented on the City Council – Conservative, Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat.The...

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