Worcestershire’s district councils raise concerns about proposals to close ticket offices

A ticket office at a train station

The leaders of the six district councils in Worcestershire have united to express concern about proposals that would see all but one railway station in Worcestershire lose its ticket office. The councils have submitted joint responses to the consultations by West Midlands Railway and Great Western Railway. All tickets offices across the county woul...

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Watch the Women’s World Cup final on the big screen in Worcester

The Women's football World Cup

England's historic clash against Spain in the Women's World Cup final is set to be shown on a big screen in the centre of Worcester. Fans can enjoy all the excitement of this unique match on a six-metre screen in Cathedral Square on Sunday. It will be a fantastic chance for fans to enjoy the thrilling final together, cheering on the Lionesses for a...

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Councillors to consider revised proposal for arts venue in heart of Worcester

Close up of the Scala building in Angel Street, Worcester

Worcester city councillors are to be asked to consider a revised plan for creating a new arts venue in the city centre, in response to spiralling costs. The Policy and Resources Committee will next week be asked to agree to scale back the plans for the Scala in Angel Street, reducing its seating capacity from 500 to 300. The move comes in response ...

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Plan unveiled for new walking and cycling route linking Worcester city centre and Shrub Hill

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Plans have been unveiled to create an improved walking and cycling link between the city centre and the area around Shrub Hill railway station. A planning application has been submitted to create a new five-metre wide pathway between Pheasant Street, opposite the Asda car park, to Padmore Street and the existing Cromwell Street bridge over the cana...

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Planning application is in for final phase of Worcester’s Arches regeneration

The former Jaqk's take-away at 56 Foregate Street, Worcester

The planning application to demolish a former take-away in Foregate Street, creating a new walking and cycling route to The Arches – Worcester redevelopment, has been submitted. Residents can now have their say on the proposals, which would create a new direct link between Foregate Street railway station and The Hive and the river Severn.  Pla...

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Cost of living and child poverty support in Worcester

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Councillors are to be asked to support more cost-of-living support for Worcester residents and the investment of more than £46,000 in steps to tackle child poverty in the city. Worcestershire has been allocated £7.9 million from the Department of Work and Pensions's Household Support Fund to help people deal with the cost-of-living crisis, and Worc...

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Additional funding confirmed for planned Scala arts centre development

Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer

Additional funding has now been confirmed for the proposed redevelopment of Worcester's Scala Theatre, taking the ambitious plans a step closer to becoming reality. The proposals will transform the Angel Place area, attracting world-class arts, music, and comedy acts to Worcester, as well as giving a much-needed boost to local businesses. A plannin...

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New website to boost Worcester’s tourism appeal

The Worcester Tourist Information website displayed on a laptop screen

A new website has been launched to further boost Worcester's growing reputation as a tourist attraction. The new site is based around the city's Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at the Guildhall in High Street. It's bursting with useful information about why Worcester is a great place to visit, what's on in the city, and the services on offer ...

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City Council plans to buy land for new walking & cycling pathway

Sign for a shared walking and cycling route

Worcester city councillors are to be asked to consider making a Compulsory Purchase Order to help acquire land for the creation of a new walking and cycling route linking the city centre and Shrub Hill railway station. The Shrub Hill area is undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration, turning it into a major new centre for residential, business ...

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Worcester’s free Christmas bus is a festive success

Graphic promoting the free Christmas bus offer

The free day of festive bus travel in Worcester on Saturday 10 December proved to be a big hit with city shoppers and out-of-town visitors. A total of 6,978 passengers who would normally have had to pay for bus travel took advantage of the offer, jointly run by Worcester City Council and First Bus. That's a 20% increase on the equivalent Saturday i...

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Worcester secures £2.96m Government investment

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Worcester City Council has secured £2.96 million to invest in the city from the Government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The money will be used for a wide range of initiatives in the city, including boosting Worcester's profile as a visitor destination; support for community schemes, the arts and business; and energy efficiency. The UK Shared Prospe...

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Worcester is ready to light up for Christmas

Christmas lights with Worcester Cathedral behind

Christmas is coming to Worcester – with the festive lights being switched on in a fun-packed family event on Saturday 26 November. This year there will be more streets lit up in the city than ever before, including – for the first time – seasonal illuminations on New Road to create a closer link between the festive offers in both the city centre an...

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Consultation starts on South Worcestershire Development Plan Review

Aerial View of River Severn and Worcester Cathedral.

A six-week public consultation has started on a key planning document that will shape the future development of south Worcestershire. The revised South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) allocates land for 13,240 additional new homes and 290.7 hectares of employment land to be delivered by 2041. This will help meet the Government requirement to...

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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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