Wyre Forest District Council

Election results for 2019

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Most Recent

  1. Freezing forecast prompts rough sleepers action

    With temperatures forecast to drop again tonight below freezing point, Wyre Forest District Council said it was moving to help rough sleepers.

    The local authority said its housing advice team was making emergency measures to get them all off the streets tonight.

    Snow in Kidderminster, Worcestershire
    Image caption: Snow in Kidderminster, Worcestershire
  2. Council to look at greater home working

    More staff at Wyre Forest District Council could be workign from home in the future.

    Staff, the unions and managers are being consulted on the issue.

    Wyre Forest District Council

    The local authority will also consider selling or renting out its offices at Wyre Forest House or Green Street.

    The council’s Deputy Leader, Fran Oborski, said there was now a massive opportunity to reduce the carbon emissions of those travelling to work.

  3. Warning over scam government email

    People are being warned about a scam email about business grants.

    The alert from Wyre Forest District Council states the email suggests it is from the government and tells businesses about how to get access to grants.

    The council urged people not to click any links and to stay vigilant.

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  4. Big clean-up continues as floods recede

    Clean-up operations are continuing in Worcestershire with a council warning it may take longer than usual to clear roads.

    Silt on road

    Wyre Forest District Council says, with the silt left behind by the floods, crews are having to scrape the roads first and then sweep.

    The local authority's also offering to pick up bulky items for free from any resident who's had their home flooded this week.

  5. Residents asked which council services to cut to save £2m

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    People living in part of Worcestershire are being asked what services a council should cut as it looks to save almost £2m next year.

    Wyre Forest District Council offices

    Wyre Forest District Council says it can't continue to provide the same number or quality of services it has in the past if it's to balance its budget.

    To carry on with the same services, it says it would need a budget of £12.3m in 2020 and it only has £10.5m.

    A drop in government funding's being blamed by the authority which adds it only gets 12p out of every pound collected in council tax.

    Residents are being asked for their views via a survey which is running until 18 November.

  6. 'Progressive Alliance' to run Wyre Forest District Council

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    A "progressive alliance" looks set to seize control of Wyre Forest District Council following last week's local elections.

    Wyre Forest District Council's HQ

    Until Thursday, the authority was Conservative-controlled but the party lost six seats and its majority.

    The Independent Community and Health Concern group gained seats to be the next largest party with nine councillors.

    The council says that group, along with other independents, plus Liberal Democrat and Green councillors, have formed a coalition called the "Progressive Alliance" to run the authority after 22 May.

  7. 'Public lost confidence in national politicians'

    Matthew Bone

    BBC Hereford & Worcester political reporter

    The Conservatives have lost control in Herefordshire, Malvern, the Wyre Forest and Worcester.

    In the Wyre Forest, the Tories lost six seats, leaving them with 14, as there were gains for smaller parties.

    Quote Message: Had Brexit been delivered, whether you be a Remainer or a Brexiteer, whether you're a fan of the prime minister or not, the difficulty is the public have lost confidence in national politicians, particularly the Westminster Parliament and that has been the reaction that I've heard on the doorsteps for some weeks now." from Marcus Hart Conservatives' Wyre Forest leader
    Marcus HartConservatives' Wyre Forest leader
  8. BreakingConservatives lose control of Wyre Forest

    Wyre Forest District Council is now under no overall control after Conservative losses.

    The Tories lost six seats, with Labour losing three.

    There was a one-seat gain for both the Liberal Democrats and the Greens.

    Graphic
  9. Tories retain seats in Malvern Hills

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Results have started to trickle in for the Malvern Hills District Council with the Conservatives holding all contested seats so far.

    Count in Herefordshire

    We're also expecting results for yesterday's election in Herefordshire where the Conservatives only have a majority through the casting vote of the chairman.

    The Conservatives are expected to retain Wychavon and Wyre Forest District Councils but their majorities may be eroded.

    In Bromsgrove, the Independent candidates there are feeling very confident, they might be hopeful of claiming the seat of Conservative council leader Geoff Denaro.

  10. Green belt plans dropped from proposals for 5,500 houses

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    A new village and a major housing development are two of the main proposals to find sites for more than 5,500 new homes in part of Worcestershire.

    Wyre Forest District Council has revised its local plan, schemes drawn up by every local authority to identify enough land to meet local housing needs.

    Wyre Forest HQ

    In Wyre Forest, the latest stage of the proposals will see a new village at Lea Castle and an extension of Kidderminster to the east of the town.

    But plans to build on the green belt at Spennells and Offmore have been dropped after heavy opposition from people who already live there.

    The council's scrutiny committee will now examine the latest version of the local plan next Thursday, before a new consultation.

  11. Office block bought for £6.1m by council

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    A council's bought an office block for £6.1m as part of plans to make money in the future.

    The 30,000 sq ft (2,787 sq m) building is just off J4 of the M42, near Shirley, and has been bought by Wyre Forest District Council.

    It says the move follows a first purchase of retail units in Kidderminster in June.

    The council reckons it'll get a net income of £125,000-a-year which it plans to plough back into council services.

  12. Drop in number of public toilets

    Reality Check

    The number of public toilets maintained by Cheshire East Council's dropped by almost 30 over six years, according to new figures.

    The BBC has been analysing statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information act for the number of council-run public toilets.

    Engaged sign locked toilet door

    In 2012, there were 27 maintained by Cheshire East Council and by this year that had fallen to just two.

    Across the West Midlands, three authorities - Wyre Forest, Herefordshire and Dudley - have each stopped maintaining more than 10 toilets over the same period.

    Local authorities are not legally required to provide toilets, meaning they are often closed as councils look to cut costs.

    You can see how many public toilets your local council still runs here on the BBC website.

  13. Elections 2018: Conservatives hold Wyre Forest

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The Conservatives have hung on to control of Wyre Forest District Council despite seeing their majority shrink.

    Wyre Forest countiny

    Of the 11 seats up for grabs this year, out of a total of 33 on the authority, the Tories held all but two, losing one apiece to Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

  14. BreakingElections 2018: Labour gain at Wyre Forest

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    We have our first gain of the day in the Wyre Forest District Council elections as Labour take the Broadwaters ward.

    They'll still need more to unsettle the Conservatives who had a majority of 11 going into these elections.

    That gain was the seventh declared of the 11 seats up for election this time.

  15. Elections 2018: First result in Wyre Forest

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    First results from Wyre Forest are in - the Conservatives take back the vacant Wribbenhall & Arley seat.

    Wyre Forest count
  16. Votes counted on Wyre Forest District Council

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Counting is under way in the third of seats up for grabs at Wyre Forest District Council.

    Counting at Wyre Forest

    The authority says turnout this year was 30.6%.

    The council is currently under Conservative control and 11 seats went before voters.

  17. New homes plan to be released after election

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    While Wyre Forest District Council has had an interesting electoral history (council and MP were both Health Concern in the noughties) these days Wyre Forest is solidly Tory.

    Though the Conservatives are defending 8 of the 11 seats this time round, the political makeup is unlikely to change.

    The major issue the Tories will be hammered over will be the threat to the green belt, particularly to the east and south of Kidderminster.

    The council estimates 2,500 homes need to be built on it in the coming decades, though controversially the draft preferred option for where these houses could go will only come out after May’s elections.

    The gradual decline of Kidderminster town centre also comes up: high numbers of empty shop units, controversial plans to close a council hub in the town hall are just some spark points.