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Census 2021 – Ensuring the big decisions are made on the best information

Census 2021 will be key to making sure the big decisions across Worcestershire and the whole country on the future of our hospitals, schools, transport and other public services, following the pandemic and EU exit, are based on the best information possible. Run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the census – taking place on March 21 - is...

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How will you vote in May’s local elections?

Worcester residents are being encouraged to think about how they want to vote in the local elections in May.Three elections will take place in the city on Thursday May 6, with voters asked to choose their County Councillor, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia and – in some areas of the city – their City Councillor.Polling stations wil...

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Sanctuary chosen as development partner for Sansome Walk site

Sanctuary Group has been named as the developer of the former swimming pool site at Sansome Walk in Worcester. The City Council, which currently owns the land, announced the decision to sell the site following a fresh open competitive procurement process. Sanctuary previously looked set to take over the site under proposals for a development of 76 ...

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SWDP review to be published following COVID-19 delay

The South Worcestershire Development Plan will be published in the autumn following a 12-month delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The South Worcestershire Councils have agreed a revised timetable for the document which sets out how a Government requirement to build another 14,000 new homes across Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon...

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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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Takeaway premises told to improve controls following visits

Regulatory services officers are sending out a strong reminder to takeaways after a number of common issues have been identified across the county, following visits to check for compliance. Takeaways can still operate as part of this lockdown but they must still be adhering to the rules of wearing masks, social distancing and closing their doors at...

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COVID: Grants on offer to transform empty shop units

 Worcester City Council is offering grants to organisations with fresh ideas on how to breathe new life into empty retail units. The scheme, which is part of the City Council's Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan, offers grants of up to £2,500 to facilitate the temporary occupation of an empty retail premise in the city centre. "This is an opportu...

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COVID: More financial support available for businesses during lockdown

The Government has announced a new support scheme for businesses which were required to close due to the national lockdown restrictions introduced on 5 January 2021. "Government has announced further financial support for businesses which have been forced to close since the current lockdown began on January 5 - or which can still trade but have bee...

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Mayor of Worcester receives COVID vaccination

The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Jo Hodges, was vaccinated against COVID on Saturday 23 January. The 72-year-old Mayor received the vaccination at St. John's Medical Centre, after being contacted by her GP. Cllr Jo Hodges said: "I was very relieved to be given my COVID vaccination and it did not hurt at all.  The staff and volunteers at the C...

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6,650 new trees planted in Worcester this winter

6,650 new trees have been planted in Worcester this winter, with the final saplings being planted this week in Perdiswell Park (WR3 7SN). A ten-strong team of staff from Worcester City Council completed the mammoth task of planting 4,000 native broadleaved trees in Perdiswell this week.The species have been selected by the Forestry Commission to ma...

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