Your views are vital to help us provide the best services possible. Want more of a say on our services? Want to let the decision-makers know what you think? Want to influence the work we do? You can join our mailing list by emailing email@example.com with your name, address and contact details. From time to time we will email you to ask for your views on various parts of our work.
Council tax empty property discount consultation
Since April 2013, our policy regarding council tax on short term empty properties has been to give 50% discount for 6 months (formerly class C exemption) and then apply the full charge. Once properties have been empty for more than 2 years, a 150% charge, known as the long term empty charge is then applied. The full list of exemptions can be found here.
We are proposing a change to this policy in order to reduce administration and to encourage empty homes to be brought back into use more quickly.
The proposal is to allow 100% discount for one calendar month and then charge full council tax thereafter. The long term empty premium for properties which are left empty for more than two years would still be applied.
Boundary review - 2018
The Boundary Commission for England has published it's initial proposals for new constitency boundaries. Details of the consultation documents are available online at the Boundary Commissions website and at the Civic Centre in Pershore. The consultation is open from 13 September until 5 December. Any comments need to be made within that timeframe.
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
Consultation on Draft Scrap Metal Licensing Policy and Guidelines
Wychavon District Council is proposing to adopt a Policy and Guidelines in relation to its licensing responsibilities under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
The provision of a policy and guidelines aims to provide residents, applicants and other agencies with a benchmark of the licensing authority’s expectations and will assist them in understanding statutory requirements. This document will also assist people to submit complete and accurate applications thereby reducing unnecessary work and delays.
The Council has prepared a draft Policy and Guidelines and now wishes to carry out consultation on this document with relevant parties and the general public.
The draft Scrap Metal Licensing Policy and Guidelines can be downloaded here.
The Council is keen to receive comments on the draft document, which will be considered before the finalised document is adopted. If you would like to make any comments on the draft document, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org – please use the subject line ‘Wychavon District Council Scrap Metal Consultation’.
Alternatively comments can be submitted in writing to:
Wychavon District Council Scrap Metal Consultation
Worcestershire Regulatory Services
Wyre Forest House
This consultation will remain open until 30 September 2016, and all comments received by this date will be considered by the Council before it adopts a Scrap Metal Licensing Policy and Guidelines.
Copies of the draft policy and consultation document can also be obtained from the Civic Centre in Pershore and the contact centres in Evesham and Droitwich. People can also request a hard copy of the draft policy by emailing email@example.com or by calling 01905 822799.
Recent consultations, which are now closed, are listed below. Click on a topic to find out more about the consultation, what the results were and what we have done as a result.
Future priorities consultation - closed autumn 2015
To help us with developing our new four year strategy, over the summer of 2015 we asked residents to answer a short survey about our future priorities - what they thought we should do more of and less of. Nearly 1,000 residents responded to the consultation, giving us a snapshot of views rather than a representative sample. You can see a summary of the results here.
We worked with MEL Research Ltd to run focus groups for us with residents during October. The focus groups delved deeper into views about creating prosperity, balancing the need for new homes with concerns about development, a clean and green Wychavon, what we can do to help improve health and support older people to lead healthy and independent lives.
You can read MEL Research Ltd's report containing the results from both the survey and focus groups here.
We have used the results from the future priorities consultation to help us develop a new four year strategy for the council.
For more information contact:
Joint Research and Intelligence Officer
Telephone: 01386 565333, 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri