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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Changes to taxi licensing proposed

Drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles will have to take safeguarding training before being issued with a licence under new proposals. Wychavon is consulting on changes to its Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy following new guidance from the Department for Transport. This has led to several proposed changes to the rules includi...
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Time running out to apply for EU Settlement Scheme

EU citizens living in the district are being reminded time is running out to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) if they want to remain lawfully in the UK. All EU, European Economic Area and Swiss citizens, and their family members, living in the UK before December 31 2020 must apply to the EUSS by 30 June 2021. Children, including new-born b...
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New county-wide online Landlords’ Forum offers Covid-19 advice

Helping landlords understand the latest changes to regulations due to Covid-19 is one of the aims of a Worcestershire online Landlords' Forum. The free event is open to all landlords and letting agents in the county and is being held on Tuesday, 8 June at 2pm. It is being organised by the six district councils along with the National Residential La...
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£4.3million for improving home energy efficiency

More than £4.3million will be spent by Wychavon improving the energy efficiency of fuel poor homes across the district after several successful funding bids. Wychavon has received a share of £5.8million from the Government's Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund as part of a joint bid with Rooftop Housing Group, Trent and Dove Housing Group, Citizen ...
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Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites proposed

New pitches and plots are being proposed to increase the amount of accommodation available for Traveller and Travelling Showpeople across South Worcestershire. Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District Councils need to provide about 72 extra pitches and 9 additional plots by 2033 to meet demand. A public consultation has now star...
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Prepare to make a splash as Droitwich Lido reopens

Swimmers can make a splash extra early this year as Droitwich Lido prepares to open its doors from 1 May. The Lido team has been working hard to put Covid-19 Secure measures in place so people can get back to enjoying the joys of outdoor swimming. Wychavon has guaranteed financial support to Droitwich Lido to reduce the risk of operating at reduced...
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Pupils become ‘litter warriors’ in anti-litter fight

School pupils across the district are taking on the litter louts thanks to free education sessions funded by Wychavon. More than 500 children have already taken part in Covid-19 Secure outdoor anti-litter sessions since the scheme launched in mid-March. They learn about why littering is anti-social, the damage it does to the environment and the ris...
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Wychavon extends free parking offer

Free parking will continue in Wychavon's car parks until the start of May to support traders. Until 3 May 2021, there will be no charge for using any Wychavon District Council owned pay and display car parks. Following this, after 4 May the council will be re-introducing its half an hour parking for 50p offer and introducing a new 'buy one hour, ge...
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Nine out of ten households have completed Census 2021

There has been a fantastic response to Census 2021. Nine out of ten households across England and Wales have completed their questionnaire – but everyone must take part. Every household is required by law to complete the census. Even though Census Day – 21 March 2021 – has been and gone, it is not too late to fill out your form and avoid a fine. Mo...
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Let's get back to supporting traders safely

'Let's get back to supporting local traders safely' is the message from Wychavon ahead of the next stage of the country's lockdown easing road map next week. From Monday, 12 April non-essential retailers, hairdressers and other personal care services can reopen. Pubs, restaurants and cafes will also be able to serve people outside and outdoor attra...
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Check your polling station before you vote

Residents are being urged to check where they should go to vote as changes have been made to some polling stations because of coronavirus restrictions. 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. To make sure people can vote sa...
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