Wychavon elects new chairman

A new Chairman has been elected to Wychavon District Council. During an Annual Council Meeting on Wednesday (22 July), Cllr Robert Raphael was elected to take on the role. The councillor for the Evesham North ward will take over from Cllr Frances Smith, who has served for the past two years. Cllr Alex Sinton was also confirmed as the new Vice Chair...
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Crowdfunding scheme supporting community response to Covid-19

Residents are being urged to donate whatever they can to a range of community projects supporting the ongoing response to the Covid-19 crisis. Wychavon has launched Crowdfund WYCHAVON in partnership with crowdfunding platform Spacehive. It offers a way to raise funds rapidly by connecting people with local causes. Anyone can back a campaign with as...
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Ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions approved

Wychavon has pledged to put the environment at the heart of the district's covid-19 recovery, after approving ambitious plans to slash carbon emissions and grow the green economy A new Wychavon Intelligently Green Plan was approved by Council on Wednesday (22 July) and builds on Wychavon's strong track record on tackling climate change over more th...
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Covid-19 causes delay to SWDP Review

The completion of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan has been delayed due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was hoped the document would be ready for public examination in early 2021. But lockdown restrictions have made it impossible to complete a number of technical assessments and evidence gathering needed to support...
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#EnjoyWychavonSafely this summer

Visitors and residents are being urged to #EnjoyWychavonSafely this summer while experiencing the sights and sounds of the district. Normally at this time of year Wychavon's festival season would be in full swing. Unfortunately, many of them have had to be cancelled or postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. People do not have to miss out compl...
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Funding boost as Droitwich Lido set to reopen

Wychavon has agreed a £55,000 funding boost for one of Droitwich's most popular visitor attractions to help it through the Covid-19 outbreak. Plans are being made to reopen Droitwich Lido from August 1, following the announcement by the Government that gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools could reopen again this month. Wychavon Leisure, which r...
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Wychavon leader to talk to residents during virtual Meet Your Council event

The Leader of Wychavon District Council will be talking to residents from Harvington and Norton Ward as part of a virtual Meet Your Council event. Cllr Bradley Thomas will be holding a question and answer session over Zoom video conferencing from 10am to 12pm on 20 July. He will also be talking about what Wychavon is doing to support residents and ...
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Work starts on new cycle track

Work has started on building a new cycle track in Evesham's Charity Brook Park. Wychavon is investing £37,500 in creating the Pump Track, which will allow novice riders of any age build confidence and skills on a bike away from traffic. Experienced cyclists can also use it to enhance their skills without putting others at risk. The unique design an...
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Make sure you are registered to vote

Residents are being urged to make sure their electoral registration details are up to date or risk losing their voice in future elections. Wychavon is currently carrying out the annual canvass, which checks the details of everyone registered to vote in the district and allows people now eligible to vote to be added. Information is being sent electr...
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Funding available to take on apprentices

Businesses can get help with the cost of taking on apprentices as part of a new £60,000 fund from Wychavon District Council. Wychavon has joined forces with Worcestershire Training Provider Association to provide grants to help businesses expand their workforce, while providing employment opportunities for young people. Grants ranging from £1,000 t...
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Decayed tree to be removed on safety grounds

Work will take place next week to remove a large lime tree along the bank of the River Avon as it poses a danger to the public. The mature Common Lime is part of an avenue of lime trees in Workman Gardens in Evesham. Officers at Wychavon have been monitoring the tree for many years as it has bacterial wetwood decay inside the trunk. The effect of t...
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Help to pay your Council Tax bill

Residents struggling to pay their Council Tax bill are being urged to seek help from Wychavon. Wychavon's Revenues and Benefits team is working hard to support people who find themselves in financial difficulty because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Anyone who cannot pay their Council Tax bill should check to see if they can apply for Council Tax Suppor...
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Get help funding your apprenticeship

New bursaries have been made available by Wychavon to encourage young people across the district to enroll in an apprenticeship. Apprentices can apply for help with the cost of travel, clothing and tools or equipment. The following bursaries are available: Maximum of £50 per month for up to 6 months for travel expenses One-off grant payment with a ...
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Free parking to continue until 3 August

Parking will remain free in all of Wychavon's car parks until 3 August as part of a raft of measures to support the reopening of high streets across the district. Charges were suspended at the end of March after the Prime Minister announced the country was moving into lockdown, in contrast to some other councils who continued to charge. While counc...
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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 Frances Smith, Chairman of Wychavon, hoisted the flag on Monday (22 June) in a low key ceremony due to the Covid-19 restrictions. It marked a week of celebrations in the run up to Armed Force...
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Protect your bike from thieves at free event

Residents will have the chance to keep their bikes safe from thieves at a series of bike marking events across the Malvern Hills and Wychavon districts. Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils are offering the free service in response to a rise in bike theft during the coronavirus outbreak. Bike marking is a method that consists of applying a ...
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Rough sleeper first to be housed under new scheme

A man who was sleeping rough in Evesham Town Centre has become the first person in Wychavon to be housed under a new scheme to get people off the streets. The man had been sleeping in a tent on Evesham High Street on and off for about 12 months before being moved into a temporary home because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Under the traditional system, ...
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Wychavon Covid-19 Memory Bank launched

Wychavon has launched a call out for people to share their experiences and memories of the coronavirus pandemic. The Covid-19 outbreak is undoubtedly a landmark moment in human history, and it is important to capture information about what happened locally to help inform future generations. That is why Wychavon has launched the Wychavon Covid-19 Me...
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Bin lorries transformed to say thank you to NHS

Wychavon's bin lorries have been transformed to carry special thank you messages to key workers and the public. One side of each lorry has been decorated with a rainbow thank you message to NHS staff and all key workers. The other features a thank you message from crews along with suggestions for how people can continue to support the service by re...
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Statement on St Peter's Garden Centre

We would like to clarify the situation regarding St Peter's Garden Centre. When the lockdown was announced on 23 March, the Government asked all retail stores to close, with certain exceptions. Garden centres were among the stores that were told they must close. This is to help contain the spread of the virus. Wychavon District Council was asked by...
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