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New five-year Worcester City Plan published

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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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Going green to keep the city green

Street-scene-in-action-with-electric-grounds-maintenance-kit-left-to-right-Chris-Davis-Peter-Wright-Alex-Grochotov-Jacob-Newman Worcester City Council's street scene team in action with the new electric grounds maintenance equipment. Left to right: Chris Davis, Peter Wright, Alex Grochotov, Jacob Newman
Worcester City Council has bought its first set of electric grounds maintenance equipment as part of a continuing drive to reduce carbon emissions from its daily work to keep the city looking beautiful. The new electric gear includes hedge-trimmers and grass strimmers, all powered by batteries which the council workers wear strapped to their backs....
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Financial support to keep Worcester homes warm – and save money on heating bills

Worcester City Council is offering homeowners the opportunity to apply for free external wall insulation, if their combined household income is £30,000 or less. Funding is available following a successful countywide application to government's Green Homes Grant local delivery scheme. This aims to help reduce fuel poverty, phase out high carbon foss...
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Support for Worcester City Council to tackle climate emergency

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Worcester City Council's role in leading the local response to climate change has been endorsed by residents, local businesses and stakeholders.Last year the City Council declared a climate emergency and pledged to make Worcester carbon neutral by 2030. The Council set up a cross-party steering group to prepare a draft Environmental Sustainability ...
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Have your say on how Worcester tackles climate emergency

Worcester City Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and committed itself to taking action to help the city become carbon neutral by 2030.The authority has written a draft strategy setting out options to achieve this – and now we'd like local people to have their say on it. It sets out proposed policies in six areas: Reducing carbon emi...
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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 b...
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Worcester is awarded ‘Plastic Free Communities’ status as it takes action on Single-Use Plastic

Worcester has joined a network of communities across the UK which are leading the way to tackle throw away plastic at source. Worcester has been awarded Plastic Free Community status by marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) in recognition of the work it has done to start reducing the impact of single-use plastic on the environmen...
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Thousands of cities to mark World Car Free Day

Worcester is officially marking World Car Free Day on 22 September by closing Lowesmoor to cars from midday to 3.00pm to hold a special event. Instead a giant astro turf play area will take over the road and staff from Freedom Leisure will run free multi sports and tennis sessions. The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust will also be on hand to offer fr...
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Council’s new green wheels hit the streets

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Look out for a colourful new addition to Worcester's busy streets, as Worcester City Council introduces another electric vehicle to its fleet. The five-seat fully electric Nissan e-NV200 people carrier will help transport waste collection staff and other council workers around the city as part of their daily routine to keep Worcester clean and gree...
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Worcester businesses take action to combat gulls

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 Local businesses are being urged to act now to deter gulls from nesting on or near their premises. Worcestershire Regulatory Services' new gull officer, Dan Walker, has extensive experience in controlling gull populations and has visited over 25 local businesses this year to help curb the problem. One of them is Humberstones, a business trans...
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Cattle ‘let loose’ as part of natural care plan on meadows

10-strong herd of hand-reared cattle has been released on Ronkswood Hill Meadows 10-strong herd of hand-reared cattle has been released on Ronkswood Hill Meadows
 A 10-strong herd of hand-reared cattle has been released on Ronkswood Hill Meadows, as part of an annual conservation exercise by Worcester City Council. The cattle will be allowed free rein on the local nature reserve site, to help preserve grassland and wild flowers. The initiative is designed to act as a natural and cost-effective way of k...
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Historic cricket pavilion set to be dismantled and moved

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 The historic pavilion at the original home of Worcestershire County Cricket Club is preparing to move to its new home. As part of work to bring the Cinderella sports ground back into use, the dismantling of the ornate 19th Century pavilion has now begun. It will be moved to Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings near Bromsgrove, the first ope...
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Putting the planet first this Easter

 Worcester City Council is offering residents handy hints to help them crack down on domestic waste over the Easter period. Across the UK it is estimated that more than 8,000 tonnes of waste is generated from Easter egg packaging and cards, while food waste also rises as families come together over the bank holiday weekend. To help, Let's Wast...
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200 new trees for Cripplegate Park

Cllr Joy Squires, centre, meets Taskforce volunteers planting trees in Cripplegate Park Cllr Joy Squires, centre, meets Taskforce volunteers planting trees in Cripplegate Park
Volunteers are planting 200 new saplings in Cripplegate Park, in a bid to improve air quality and to make sure the city centre remains clean and green for generations to come. Members of Taskforce, a volunteer group which gives men with learning disabilities the chance to get involved with positive activities in the community, planted hawthorn, haz...
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Council considers £144K investment in ‘green’ litter bins

Cllr Joy Squires trying out one of the solar powered bins last summer Cllr Joy Squires trying out one of the solar powered bins last summer
Councillors will consider purchasing 28 new bins for Worcester's city centre – including a number of recycling bins and solar powered bins designed to hold more - when the Environment Committee meets on 29 January. In the summer the Council conducted a seven-week trial of "Big Belly" solar-powered compaction litter bins, which hold up to eight time...
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Worcester City Council bans single-use plastics

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Worcester City Council has agreed to end the purchase and use of 'single-use plastic' products, such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws, for any council-related activity. And the organisation has joined forces with the Plastic Free Worcester action group in a bid to encourage other organisations, businesses and event planners to take act...
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