Impact of national HGV driver shortage on our services

Residents are being thanked for their patience as the national shortage of HGV drivers is beginning to affect some services in Wychavon. Difficulties recruiting HGV drivers, and shortages in the labour market generally caused by national and international pressures, is having an impact on Wychavon's contractor FCC Environment. This is not a situati...
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New timetable for SWDP Review

A proposed new timetable for the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan has been published for consideration by councillors. The plan was due to go out to public consultation next month (October), but it was announced in July it would be delayed. This is because important information from sewerage, transport and power infrastructure pr...
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Work begins on £2.5m sports hub in Droitwich

Work has started on the transformation of Droitwich's King George V Playing Fields into a multi-million-pound sports hub for the community. The project will include a new floodlit 3G artificial pitch, a floodlit stadia pitch, a new changing room block and new storage. As well as this, the existing changing rooms and pavilion will be refurbished, in...
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Annual Residents' Survey returns

Residents are being encouraged to share their views on a variety of different topics as part of Wychavon's Residents' Survey. The annual questionnaire, which will run from 5 September to 3 October, will give people across the district an opportunity to say what they think of their local area and services. This year, the survey includes questions on...
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Consultation starts on barrier plan for Abbey Park

Residents and users of Abbey Park in Pershore are being asked for their views on the design of a new barrier to protect the park from illegal encampments. A three week consultation has been launched on the final design to confirm there is enough public support for the proposal before work is carried out, as it will alter the look and feel of the pa...
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Droitwich shop fined for refusing to close during lockdown

The owner of a Droitwich card and book shop which breached Government restrictions by refusing to close during the national lockdown has been ordered to pay more than £44,000. Alasdair Walker-Cox, proprietor of Grace Cards and Books, located in St Andrew's Square Shopping Centre, appeared before Kidderminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (17 Augus...
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Multi-million-pound bid to level up Evesham

A multi-million-pound bid has been made to support the regeneration of Evesham Town Centre. Wychavon has applied for £9million from the Government's Levelling Up Fund to help the future growth and development of the town centre and attract further investment from the private sector. The project has two parts to it. One focuses on helping get Evesha...
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Offices to let in new business support hub

A new business support hub has been created at the Civic Centre in Pershore. The Pillar is a dedicated space set up by Wychavon to support microbusinesses and new start-ups. It features five fully furnished rooms as well as access to two meeting rooms, a shared kitchen and co-working area. Other benefits include free parking, free high speed, relia...
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New scheme to help young homeless

A new scheme to provide support to young people threatened with homelessness has been launched in Evesham. We have invested £660,000 in creating the supported housing accommodation at Merstow Place in partnership with youth homelessness charity St Basils. The scheme will provide eight rooms with shared facilities for 16 to 25-year-olds. There will ...
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Your chance to influence Wychavon's work

Residents are being offered the opportunity to directly influence Wychavon's work supporting communities and dealing with rural issues. Volunteers are needed to fill two vacancies for co-opted members - one on Wychavon's Communities and Funding Advisory Panel and one on the Rural Matters Advisory Panel. The panels have an important role in advising...
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Get on your bike with Wheels 2 Rails

Free cycling themed family days are on offer at Evesham and Pershore Railway Stations during August. Wychavon has joined forces with Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership to offer the Wheels 2 Rails days on Saturday 14 August at Evesham Railway Station and Saturday 28 August at Pershore Railway Station. Cyclists can bring their bikes along anyt...
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Bepuzzling Summer Trail Comes to Wychavon

This summer, families in Droitwich Spa, Evesham and Pershore will be able to track down ten colourfully outlandish vehicles on a high street trail thanks to Wychavon District Council. The council's tourism brand Worcestershire's Vale & Spa have teamed up with QR code trail experts High Street Safari to create the Bepuzzled Treasure Trail, a fre...
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Further delay to SWDP Review

The review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan has been delayed again. The decision is to give more time for vital technical studies to be completed. It means the plan now won't be published in October 2021 ready for public consultation and submission for independent examination in February 2022. A new timetable is being drawn up for the p...
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Plan to protect Pershore park

A plan has been drawn up to help protect Pershore's Abbey Park from illegal encampments. District councillors for Pershore met with Wychavon officers earlier this week to explore the available options to prevent a repeat of recent events, which have seen travellers illegally occupy the land for several days on two separate occasions. This has led t...
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Statement on illegal traveller encampment on Abbey Park, Pershore

A statement from our Chief Executive Vic Allison on the recent illegal traveller encampments on Abbey Park in Pershore. We understand and share the frustrations and concerns of residents and businesses in Pershore following the recent illegal traveller encampments on Abbey Park and the associated disruption and anti-social behaviour. We are li...
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Have you taken Wychavon's £5 challenge?

Throughout July, residents of Wychavon are being encouraged to spend £5 a week in an independent shop or hospitality business in Pershore, Evesham, Droitwich Spa and Broadway. Wychavon District Council's £5 challenge, which has been inspired by Totally Locally's national Fiver Fest campaign, was created because a study by the Federation of Small Bu...
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Statement: Illegal encampment on Abbey Park, Pershore

Statement (Friday, 16 July) We understand and share the frustrations and concerns of residents and businesses in Pershore following the recent illegal traveller encampments on Abbey Park and the associated disruption and anti-social behaviour. We are listening to what you are telling us and we are keen to put something in place to stop this happeni...
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Droitwich underpasses to become works of art

Underpasses in parts of Droitwich Spa are to be turned into works of public art as part of a community project being led by Wychavon. The Droitwich Spa Underpass Art Project will see seven of the passageways decorated with murals designed and installed by professional artists but based on ideas from residents. Other improvements, including upgradin...
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Natural artwork created in Avon Meadows

This land art drawing was made using fleece from the sheep that graze on the Avon Meadows, kindly donated by local farmer, Ed Dunne.  The sheep fleece was hand rolled into individual balls of fleece and was laid over several days and the form it takes was not predesigned but made through the process of observing and sensing the meadows and its...
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Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day

The Armed Forces Day flag is flying proudly outside Wychavon's headquarters in tribute to the contribution made by military communities past and present. Cllr Robert Raphael, Chairman of Wychavon, raised the flag outside the Civic Centre on Tuesday (22 June) to mark a week of celebrations in the run up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 26 June. A sm...
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