Current Consultations

Street Amenities Consent (Control of Street Furniture) Policy Review Consultation

We would like to hear your views on a revised Street Amenity policy which is being considered for the control of street furniture, often referred to as street cafes in Worcester City Centre.

The street amenity policy has been revised and redrafted to enable good quality pavement cafes, pubs and restaurants to place furniture on the highway which will enhance the ambience of the city centre and contribute to a relaxed and sociable style of eating and drinking.  It has further been developed to ensure that careful consideration is given to the suitability of any pavement cafe in so much that it will make a positive contribution to the area in which it is sited.

The policy includes guidance on the location and design of pavement cafes and includes detailed information on size and layout, boundaries and the types of furniture that should be used.

We are very interested to hear the views of all existing consent holders, businesses representatives, regulatory bodies and also the general public, so please take the time to complete this short questionnaire

Please complete the questionnaire

This consultation will be open for responses until Friday 20 July 2018.

Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles Review

Worcester City Council is seeking views on a draft revised Statement of Principle’s under the Gambling Act 2005. 

This important document sets out the principles the Council will apply when carrying out its functions under the Gambling Act 2005 and has to be reviewed and republished at least every three years.

View and download the draft revised Statement of Principles

The proposed changes between the Council’s existing Statement of Principles and the draft revised Statement of Principles are shown by the use of red text.

The draft revised Statement of Principles includes a new section recognising the links between Public Health and gambling-related harms and how the Council would like to work together in partnership with the local Public Health team to try and better understand and address gambling-related harms in the area.

The Statement of Principles has also been updated to and now contains more detailed information on how the Council will carry out the following functions it is responsible for under the Act:

  • The regulation of gambling activities in clubs and alcohol licensed premises
  • The issuing and monitoring of Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre Permits
  • The issuing and monitoring of Prize Gaming Permits
  • The registration and monitoring of Small Society Lotteries

The Council is inviting comments on the draft revised Statement of Principles from all interested parties including residents and those running businesses in the District.

Comments can be sent by email to or posted to:

Worcester City Council Gambling Consultation
Worcestershire Regulatory Services
Wyre Forest House
Finepoint Way
DY11 7WF

Closing date: 17 August 2018. All comments received will be considered by the Council before the publication of a new Statement of Principles before the end of 2018.

Worcestershire’s Strategic Direction for Tackling Homelessness 2018-21Consultation

We are asking for your views on Worcestershire’s Strategic Direction for Tackling Homelessness. 

This document expands on the strategic priorities for tackling homelessness already identified within the Worcestershire Housing Partnership Plan and the Homelessness Review.

In order to tackle homelessness comprehensively, we need to ensure that;

  • There are genuinely affordable low-cost rental options for households on benefits and low paid/insecure work.
  • We minimise risks for those who are most vulnerable to homelessness by focusing our prevention activities further “upstream.”
  • We provide earlier, more flexible and more comprehensive responses to those in crisis/at risk of entering crisis, and provide appropriate support for homeless people whose needs go beyond homelessness.

We value your input on how we are going to deliver those priorities within each of the districts of Worcestershire.

Please take a look at the Worcestershire Strategic Direction for Tackling Homelessness and let us know your views in a short questionnaire using link below:-

Worcestershire Strategic Direction for Tackling Homelessness survey

 (Please note, the document is currently in draft format)

Please return your feedback no later than 9.00am on 19 June 2018.

Other consultations

New licensing applications and variations to premises alcohol licences

Past consultation results

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