Funding bid success will drive council vehicles to go electric

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A joint bid by Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council has successfully secured £25,000 for an important research project to support an electric future for council vehicles. The feasibility study will look at whether the depot at Warndon – home to the two councils' waste collection, highway maintenance and other vehicles – can be f...

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Have your say on plans for Gillam St community space

Map of proposed improvements to Gillam Street open space Map of proposed improvements to Gillam Street open space

Local residents are being asked for their views on proposed improvements to a green space and multi-use games area (MUGA) in Worcester's Arboretum. Worcester City Council has drawn up plans for a revamp of the community space on the corner of Gillam Street and Green Lane, including relining the ball court, new bike stands and improvements to hedges...

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Worcester residents asked for views on plans to improve public space in Warndon

Map showing the Cotswold Way public open space, between Cranham Drive and Chedworth Close The location of the Cotswold Way public open space, between Cranham Drive and Chedworth Close

Local residents are being asked for their views on proposals to improve a public open space on the south side of Cotswold Way in Warndon, opposite the Mazak factory. Worcester City Council is preparing plans for a range of improvements to the 4.2-acre area of public open space that runs alongside Cotswold Way, between Cranham Drive and Chedworth Cl...

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New electric vehicle charging points installed in Worcester

Councillor Zoe Cookson at one of the EV charging points in King Street car park Councillor Zoe Cookson at one of the EV charging points in King Street car park

New electric vehicle (EV) charging points have been installed in Worcester City Council's King Street car park. The move will build on the success of the 12 EV charging points which are already in place at St Martin's Gate car park. Four fast chargers have been installed in King Street car park and residents living within 1 kilometre of any City Co...

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Bike share scheme could be rolled out across Worcester

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Worcester's residents and visitors will be able to travel around the city by pedal and electric power next spring, if a proposed new bike share scheme gets the go-ahead. If backed by councillors, the scheme would see 225 bicycles - 175 of them electric bikes – available to hire by various means, including by the minute, from numerous locations acro...

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Plans for more solar panels on Worcester car park

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installProposals for more solar panels on the roof of a city centre car park will help Worcester City Council reduce its electricity costs, a report to be considered by councillors next week says. The report to the Policy and Resources Committee, which meets on Monday 16 October, sets out plans for installing five new sets of photovoltaic panels on...

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Worcester residents asked to help with city’s Ash trees

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A call has gone out for Worcester residents to help in identifying the city's Ash trees in a bid to help conserve those not affected by the UK-wide Ash Dieback Disease. Ash Dieback causes leaf loss, dead branches, and eventually the death of the tree. Once infection is apparent, few trees survive longer than four years and they become increasingly ...

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Saturday Skips service to end in September

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Worcester City Council is set to close its Saturday Skip services in September, as part of a drive to meet a £2.5 million funding gap. Currently, skips are provided at seven city locations on a rota basis, allowing residents to dispose of large items conveniently and at no cost to them. The service is expensive to run and the Council's Policy and R...

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New electric vehicle chargers to be installed at Worcester car parks

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Work starts this week to create 20 new electric vehicle (EV) charging bays in Worcester car parks. Eight new charging bays are to be created in King Street car park, and a further 12 at Tallow Hill car park. Work was scheduled to get underway at King Street on Thursday 27 July, with Tallow Hill to follow from Friday 4 August. It is expected to...

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Maintenance work to be carried out on biggest tree in Worcester

The poplar tree in Hylton Road with Sabrina Bridge in the foreground and the University medical centre to the left The poplar tree in Hylton Road with Sabrina Bridge in the foreground and the University medical centre to the left

Work is due to be carried out to control the growth of what is thought to be the largest tree in Worcester. The poplar is on Hylton Road, close to the river Severn and Sabrina Bridge, and opposite the University of Worcester's new Elizabeth Garrett Anderson medical centre. Several of its branches are growing out over the road and footpaths. A large...

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Five Green flags for Worcester to wave – again!

Cllr Karen Lewing, Chair of the Environment Committee, with Graham Pratt and Dave Whitworth of the City Council’s parks team holding the Green Flag in St Andrew’s Gardens.

It's another win for Worcester City Council this year with the news that five of the city's parks and open spaces have been awarded prestigious Green Flag status once again, officially earmarking them as being among the country's best green spaces. Gheuvelt Park, Fort Royal Park, Cripplegate Park and Riverside Park have once again scooped the accol...

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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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£240k boost for air quality monitoring

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Real-time public alerts on local air quality incidents are just one of the new air quality monitoring services set for areas in Worcestershire, after a bid for government funding was successful. The bid for over £240,000, made to the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) by all six Worcestershire district councils in the autum...

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

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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 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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Mayor digs in to launch Worcester’s tree-planting programme

Tudor Grange Academy pupils Christian Bryant and Anthony Clark, and Cllr Adrian Gregson, the Mayor of Worcester, planting the tulip tree at the KGV Community Hub

The Mayor of Worcester has launched the city's latest tree-planting programme by helping to create an arboreal tribute to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Worcester is set to get greener over the winter months, with over 800 saplings being planted at locations across the city. As a Champion City in the Queen's Green Canopy initiative, it is appropr...

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Public urged not to touch sick or dead wild birds – as avian influenza confirmed by Defra in Worcester

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The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has now confirmed there is avian influenza A(H5N1) in wild bird populations in Worcester. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is urging people not to touch any sick or dead wild birds following die off in wildfowl including swans at th...

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Worcester City Council forges ahead with its pledge to become carbon neutral

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Reducing carbon emissions from its leisure centres, boosting biodiversity along the city's waterways, improving recycling rates and launching a public bike hire scheme are among the measures planned as Worcester City Council forges ahead with action to help the city become carbon neutral. At November's Environment Committee meeting, councillor...

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More electric vehicle charging points proposed for Worcester

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Proposals for more electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the city are to be considered by Worcester City Council's Environment Committee. A report to be considered on Tuesday 1 November sets out proposals of installing new charging terminals at car parks in Tallow Hill and King Street.The move will build on the success of the 12 EV charging poin...

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Council to consider £35k spending boost on controlling city’s gulls

Lesser Black Backed Gull

Worcester City Council's Environment Committee is set to consider increasing the budget for work to control gull numbers in the city by £35,300 next year. The proposal is included in a report that will be considered by the committee on Tuesday 1 November, which sets out the impact of steps taken this year to keep the birds' population under control...

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