Wychavon honours merchant seafarers

 The Red Ensign was flying proudly outside the Civic Centre last week in honour of Britain's merchant seafarers. Cllr Alex Sinton, Chairman of Wychavon, raised the flag in support of Merchant Navy Day on 3 September. The annual event is run by the Seafarers Charity and honours the brave men and women who kept the UK afloat during both World Wa...

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Joint statement on the future of Worcester Warriors

Following a meeting earlier today, the following statement has been jointly issued by Robin Walker MP, Harriett Baldwin MP, Wychavon District Council, Worcester City Council, Worcestershire County Council and the Worcester Warriors Action Group. "We will do all we can to retain professional, elite rugby at Sixways and protect the extraordinary lega...

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Free energy efficiency improvements on offer

Some of the least energy efficient homes across Wychavon could get a free upgrade as part of a new scheme. Wychavon has been given more than £1.1 million from the Government's Sustainable Warmth Fund to spend on improving the energy rating of the district's homes. The work will not only help cut energy bills but also carbon emissions to help tackle...

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New £2.5million sports hub opens in Droitwich Spa

A new £2.5million sporting hub that will inspire the next generation of Lions and Lionesses has been officially opened in Droitwich Spa. The development includes a new floodlit all-weather 3G artificial pitch, a refurbished pavilion and new changing rooms. The development will increase the playing and training time available to local clubs and comm...

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Free outdoor cinema showings return

Free outdoor cinema screenings are returning to Wychavon later this month. It is the third year running that Wychavon has funded the screenings and the line-up of family-friendly films is the most exciting yet. Shown on a 10ft inflatable screen, visitors will be able to sit back and relax as they enjoy watching recent box office hit Sing 2, Disney'...

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Supporting businesses to improve Evesham Town Centre Conservation Area

Wychavon has joined forces with business owners and the Vale of Evesham Civic Society to help improve the character of the historic area of Evesham. Many businesses in Port Street in Bengeworth and in High Street have been using vinyl advertising graphics to cover shop windows to allow them to maximise display space available in their premises. How...

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Green Flags flying high over Wychavon’s parks

Green Flags are flying proudly over Wychavon's parks after they were once again recognised as amongst the country's best. All five of Wychavon's parks - Abbey Park and Workman/Waterside Gardens in Evesham, Vines Park and Lido Park/St Peters Fields in Droitwich Spa, and Abbey Park in Pershore – have retained their Green Flag Award status, which is a...

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Developers going the extra mile to tackle climate change to be recognised

Developers that go above and beyond legal requirements to tackle climate change, will be officially recognised by Wychavon in future. Councillors have agreed to invite developers to submit statements with planning applications setting out how they will go beyond current Building Regulations on carbon reduction and energy efficiency. They will also ...

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Windows upgrade helps cut carbon emissions at the Civic Centre

The Civic Centre in Pershore has had an energy efficiency upgrade as part of Wychavon's efforts to cut its carbon footprint. All 410 windows at the Queen Elizabeth Way building have been replaced with the latest triple glazed technology. They use toughened low-emissivity glass with argon filled gas which improves thermal resistance and helps preven...

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£19 million bid to level up Evesham

Wychavon has made an ambitious £19 million bid to help kick-start the transformation of Evesham Town Centre. The application to the Levelling Up Fund is part of a wider £95 million overhaul of the Riverside Shopping Centre and the town's main shopping area. Chase Commercial Ltd, acting on behalf of the centre's owner PJK Ltd, has been working close...

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Wychavon commits to funding free school meals over the summer holidays

Up to 2,300 children throughout the district will be fed during the summer holidays thanks to funding from Wychavon. Qualifying families will be given a £15 voucher per child per week to spend at their preferred local supermarket to ensure that they continue to put food on the table. Pupils at all Wychavon schools stand to benefit from the vouchers...

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Swing by Evesham Adventure Playground to speak to local councillors

People who live or work in Evesham South are invited to come and discuss local issues with their councillors as part of Wychavon's latest Meet Your Council event. The informal drop-in session will take place at Evesham Adventure Playground, Woodlands, on Wednesday 3 August, between 10am and 2pm. Councillors Ed Cohen and Julie Tucker, who represent ...

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Locals celebrate opening of new sports and leisure facilities

Members of the local community have celebrated the official opening of a £450,000 sports and leisure facility in Crowle. Volunteers who worked on the project and representatives from local organisations gathered together on Sunday (10 July) to mark the significant achievement, which will enhance the village's existing sports and leisure provision c...

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New timetable for SWDP Review announced

A consultation on a draft of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will take place later this year, subject to approval by councillors. The Regulation 19 Publication – effectively a draft of the plan before it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate – will be published in October when it will be considered by councillors ...

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New clues unearthed to Evesham’s medieval past

Discoveries have been made at the site of a housing development in Evesham which has changed the understanding of the evolution of the town.The site in Boat Lane was granted outline planning permission on 15 November 2019. As part of this, a condition was attached to carry out archaeological works on the site. It was expected the site may be histor...

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Get set for Queen’s Baton Relay

Crowds are expected to the line the streets when the Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay visits Wychavon next week. The Baton will be making its way through Broadway and Pershore on Friday 22 July on its way to the Second City for the start of this year's Commonwealth Games. Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories of service to th...

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£2 million investment in Pershore Railway Station

Wychavon has agreed to invest £2 million to help boost the number of people using Pershore Railway Station.Members of the Executive Board have agreed to put £500,000 towards the building of a new £1.5 million 'flow footbridge' linking the station to council owned land at Dawes Way in Pinvin.Flow crossings are a recent innovation from Network Rail t...

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Chance to win £50 with Wychavon’s active travel survey

The chance to win a £50 cash prize is on offer to residents who complete Wychavon's active travel survey.The survey is trying to identify how people currently move around the district as part of their daily lives. It also asks what are the things that prevent people from walking or cycling more in their personal and work life.It also lists several ...

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New leisure centre planned for Droitwich Spa

Councillors have given the green light to work up plans to build a new leisure centre for Droitwich Spa. The current centre is more than 40 years old and no longer meets modern energy efficiency standards. The layout of the building also means it is not fit for purpose to meet the demands of modern-day leisure centre users.A recent condition report...

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Local building firm benefits from upskilling grant

A family-run building firm is one of many businesses in Wychavon to benefit from an upskilling grant, which has helped them to recruit two apprentices.As part of the Wychavon and Malvern Hills Upskilling Project, employers can receive up to £2,000 towards the cost of taking on an apprentice or trainee.This financial incentive forms part of a range ...

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