Your views are vital to help us provide the best services possible. We carry our consultation on various topics throughout the year. You can find information on consultations we are currently running below. You can also sign up to our email consultation list and we will send you an invite when a consultation is launched.
Council’s draft revised Statement of Principles under the Gambling Act 2005
Since the Statement of Principles was last revised during 2018, there have been no significant amendments to the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005. Nor have there been any major changes made to the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) that licensed operators have to comply with or the Gambling Commission’s statutory Guidance to Licensing Authorities (GLA). In light of this, only minor revisions have been included in the Council’s draft revised Statement of Principles.
These minor revisions include updating the introduction section of the Statement to reflect the Council’s current corporate strategy and priorities. This section has also been updated to reflect more recent estimates on the population of the district.
The draft revised Statement has also been revised to nominate the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership as the body competent to advise the Council on matters relating to the protection of children from harm. This is because the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership has replaced the previously nominated Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board.
The list of consultees shown at Appendix B of the draft revised Statement has also been updated to reflect changes to some of the Gambling Trade Associations and to include additional organisations involved in working with people who experience problems with gambling.
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.
Wychavon Gambling Consultation, Worcestershire Regulatory Services, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7WF.
Deadline for comments is the 1 October 2021 and all comments received will be considered by the council before the publication of a new Statement of Principles before the end of 2021.
Have your say on new political map for Wychavon
A new pattern of wards is being developed for Wychavon District Council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has decided that the number of councillors in Wychavon should be 43. This is a change from the current council which has 45.
The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 20 September 2021.
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Wychavon District Council to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.
The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward. What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas? What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic? Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities? And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods?
The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries. There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals.
Droitwich Underpass Art Project consultation
We are asking people in Droitwich for their views to help influence designs for the Droitwich Underpass Art Project.
Consultation on an application to operate a surface cleaning activity using solvents
Worcestershire Regulatory Services have received the below application:
21/00247/B Surface Cleaning activity utilising solvents at Premier Wheels Midlands Ltd. 9 Aintree Road, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 2JN.
The deadline for responses is 11 August 2021.
Consultation on Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy
Wychavon District Council is responsible for issuing licences in respect of:
- Vehicles used as hackney carriages (taxis)
- Vehicles used as private hire vehicles
- Drivers of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles
- Operators of private hire vehicles
The overarching aim of the Council when carrying out these licensing functions, is to protect the public by ensuring vehicles are safe and fit for use and that drivers and operators are suitable people to undertake these roles.
In July 2020, with a view to better protecting children and vulnerable adults, the Department for Transport issued new statutory guidance to taxi and private hire licensing authorities called the “Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Standards.”
The Statutory Standards document sets out a framework of policies that licensing authorities 'must have regard to' when exercising their functions. These functions include developing, implementing and reviewing their taxi and private hire vehicle licensing regimes.
In response to the publication of the Statutory Standards, Wychavon District Council has started a review of their hackney carriage and private hire licensing policies and in doing this has had regard to the Statutory Standards.
As part of this review, the Council has produced a draft 'Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy' which it now seeks to consult upon locally with all relevant stakeholders. pdf Download a copy of the draft policy (1.53 MB) .
The Council is now undertaking consultation on the draft policy. Further information on the background to the consultation is provided in the pdf consultation document (534 KB) .
Alternatively, if you would prefer to respond to the consultation by post, you can send a completed copy of the consultation document above to:
Wychavon Taxi Consultation, Worcestershire Regulatory Services, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7WF
This consultation will be open for responses until 3September 2021
The responses received during the consultation will be considered by the Council before any decisions are taken regarding the implementation of the draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.
You can read the results of the pdf 2020 residents' survey (672 KB) to find out what people told us.
There were 1280 responses to the survey that ran from 6 September to 4 October, which included sections on Covid-19 response and recovery.
If you would like to be involved in the survey in future years, and in other consultations/surveys run by the council, please sign up to our email list, and select 'Consultation' as your area of interest.
For more information contact:
Joint Research and Intelligence Officer
Telephone: 01386 565333, 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri