Households asked to take part in Census 2021

Households across the Wychavon District will be asked to take part in the next census in spring. Run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the census will be held on 21 March and is a once-in-a-decade survey that provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. Letters will soon be sent out with onli...
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Vote by post or proxy in this May's elections

Residents are being urged to apply early if they are thinking of voting by post or proxy in the upcoming May elections. Voters go to the polls on Thursday, 6 May to elect a new West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and councillors to represent them on Worcestershire County Council. Arrangements are being made to make sure people can vote in per...
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Council tries out electric vehicles to collect waste across Wychavon

Wychavon District Council has tried out the use of environmentally friendly electric vehicles to collect waste across the district. FCC Environment (the council's contracted waste management company) were supplied with an electric refuse collection vehicle in December last year, as well as a fully electric sweeper in January as part of a demonstrat...
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Council flies Pride flag for LGBT+ History Month

Wychavon District Council is flying the rainbow flag in celebration of LGBT+ History Month. LGBT+ History Month is an annual celebration which runs throughout February and aims to promote equality and inclusivity. It also aims to teach people about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil r...
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Droitwich shop fined £17,000

A card and book shop in Droitwich has been issued with Fixed Penalty Notices totalling £17,000 after repeatedly breaching national lockdown rules. All non-essential retailers must close as part of the national lockdown for England introduced to bring down Covid-19 infection rates, protect the NHS and help save lives. While the majority of retailers...
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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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Measures announced to support Covid-19 recovery

An ambitious package of measures has been unveiled by Wychavon to help the district recover from the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The announcement includes a freeze on Wychavon's share of the Council Tax bill for the fourth year in a row. This means the average Band D household will continue to pay £120.08 for Wychavon's services from Ap...
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Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites proposed

New sites to provide accommodation for Travelling Showpeople and Travellers are being put forward by councils in South Worcestershire. Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon councils need to provide 59 Traveller pitches and 8 Travelling Showpeople plots by 2030 to meet demand. Wychavon needs to provide 37 of these but has already appro...
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Tree near iconic Bell Tower to be removed

A large tree next to Evesham's iconic Bell Tower is being removed after becoming unstable. The Robinia pseudocacia tree in Abbey Park has decay in the roots, has become partially uprooted and is leaning on neighbouring trees for support. It has been recommended the tree is removed on safety grounds. The trunk will be left in place to rot away natur...
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A message from Dr Kathryn Cobain, the Director for Public Health in Worcestershire

Dear Residents, I know that the news of a new lockdown for England, will be frustrating and upsetting for many people. Worcestershire has tried very hard to keep Covid-19 cases down, and many of you have made sacrifices to protect yourselves and others. We have all had to make changes to the way we live our lives in recent months, and that included...
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Leader urges let's pull together by staying apart

Residents are being urged to 'pull together, by staying apart' in a bid to reduce Covid-19 infections and help save lives. The Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown for England on Monday (4 January). It means people must stay at home and only leave for certain reasons including to get food and essentials and for exercise once a day. All ...
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Help us support rough sleepers this Christmas

Residents are being urged to help rough sleepers this Christmas by letting Wychavon's housing team know about people they see on the streets.  People can play their part this festive season by remembering to see, say, support. See – if you spot someone sleeping rough. Say – tell StreetLink what they look like and where they are online at www.s...
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Wychavon helping to feed those in need

Wychavon is working with schools and partner organisations to make sure families in need do not go hungry during the Christmas holidays. Almost £100,000 from the Government's Winter Covid-19 Grant has been made available to voluntary and charitable organisations working with those in need and will be distributed through Worcestershire Community Fou...
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Wychavon's toilets named best in the country

Wychavon officially boasts the best public toilets in the UK after scooping the overall national title at the annual Loo of the Year Awards for the first time. Officials from the Loo of the Year competition presented Wychavon with the 'golden seat' during a socially distanced ceremony at the Civic Centre on Thursday (10 December 2020). Judges were ...
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Christmas in Broadway Competition

Shoppers in Broadway will have the chance to win a range of prizes as part of a brand new festive competition. Wychavon District Council has teamed up with the Broadway Business Association to organise the Christmas in Broadway Competition which will run until 24 December 2020. Up to 25 businesses will be giving away prizes ranging from beauty and ...
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Wychavon confirms plans for Raven Hotel site

The historic Raven Hotel in Droitwich will be protected and secured for the future Wychavon can confirm. Pictures have been circulating on social media showing the building in a dilapidated condition, which has raised concerns about what is happening to the site. The site has been bought by new owners and Wychavon officers met with them recently to...
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Statement regarding Grace Cards and Books, Droitwich

Updated 24 November 2020 A spokesman for Wychavon District Council said: "Officers from Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) and West Mercia Police have visited or contacted Grace's Cards and Books on several occasions to engage with the owners to encourage them to comply with the current Covid-19 regulations and avoid further action. Unfortuna...
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Ambitious plan for Evesham Public Hall

Evesham Public Hall could be transformed into a new arts and heritage centre under an exciting new £3.9million plan being considered by Wychavon District Council. The proposal, from Chase Commercial Ltd, is still in the early stages of development, but Wychavon's Executive Board has given the green light to exploring the project in more detail. The...
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Transport summit tackles traffic issues in Evesham

 An action plan is being drawn up to tackle traffic and congestion issues in and around Evesham. It follows a virtual transport summit called by Wychavon in response to concerns raised by residents and businesses about increasing issues travelling in and around the town. The summit brought together key players from a range of organisations inc...
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Leisure centre closure rumours are fake news

Pershore Leisure Centre will reopen its doors when coronavirus restrictions allow, Wychavon Leisure has confirmed. Rumours and speculation on social media have suggested Wychavon Leisure, which runs the King George's Way centre, are looking to close it permanently. This is not true, and Wychavon Leisure has now confirmed the centre will reopen eith...
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