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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The updated South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will not be published for consultation in July as scheduled, because work on the key documents relating to development sites and the infrastructure needed to support them is yet to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

Grants

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

Road closed sign

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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Council to review plans for £19.6m investment in Worcester

Worcester receives £19.6m from the Government's Towns Fund

Worcester city councillors are set to approve major plans which could see £19.6m invested in the city. On 7 September the Policy and Resources Committee will review revised proposals recommended by Worcester's Towns Board. This follows the announcement in June that the city has been offered a £19.6m investment from central Government's £3.6 billion...

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Butterflies, bunting and pop-up parks in Worcester, as visitors head back to city

Butterfly installations in Worcester city centre

Worcester's recovery from the lockdown – already one of the most successful in the country – is set to move up a gear, with the city centre getting even more colourful and welcoming in the next few days. Colourful bunting on shops and buildings, striking butterfly decorations in trees, and pop-up "parks" where residents & visitors can unwind ar...

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COVID: Applications open for new grants to support Worcester businesses

Grants

A new grant scheme for businesses affected by the impact of the Covid pandemic, and which are continuing to face premises costs while they recover, has been launched by Worcester City Council.Businesses and organisations that are based in a premises in the city, either their own or one belonging to a client, can apply for up to £2,700 from the new ...

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Worcester secures £19.6m to build back better after COVID

Worcester receives £19.6m from the Government's Towns Fund

Worcester is to receive £19.6m to deliver long-term economic growth for the city and support recovery after COVID. The award follows the submission of a successful bid by Worcester City Council to the Government's £3.6 billion Towns Fund. Worcester was one of 101 towns across the UK to be given the opportunity to create a Town Investment Plan,...

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Worcester set to bid for £28m to transform city

Severn-Centre-for-Wellbeing---artists-impression Severn Centre for Wellbeing - artists' impression

Worcester councillors are expected to be asked to approve a plan to bid for almost £28m when the Council's Policy & Resources Committee meets next week. Worcester City Council will submit a bid to Government's £3.6 billion Towns Fund at the end of January, setting out how a potential £27.9m investment could deliver long-term economic growth for...

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£17.9m boost to regenerate Worcester’s city 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

A major regeneration of Worcester's city centre is set to go ahead, after a bid by the City Council secured £17.9 million. The investment has been awarded from the Government's Future High Streets Fund, with the announcement made today (26 December 2020) by Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak. Th...

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COVID: Enhanced Grants for Worcester businesses affected by Tier Two rules

Business grants

A range of grants for Worcester businesses affected by the city's Tier Two regulations are now available from the City Council.Businesses that have had to close under the current rules can get support, as can those that are still open but which have been impacted by Tier Two in other ways. The Government grants for Tier Two are at a reduced rate fo...

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Worcester shops to be allowed to open for 24 hours

Open 24 hours

Shops in Worcester are to be allowed to open 24 hours a day, Monday-to-Saturday, when they reopen after the lockdown ends at just after midnight on Wednesday December 2. Worcester City Council agreed to the measure after Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP called on councils across the country to allow round-the-clock opening to support the ret...

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