Wyre Forest District Council

A third of the seats in Wyre Forest were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 7 Total councillors 21 Change-3

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 2 Total councillors 4 Change+2

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 3 ChangeNo results

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 3 Change+1

PartyICHC

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 2 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2015

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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
Google

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.

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.

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
BBC

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.

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.

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
BBC

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.

Bus and bin services getting back to normal after snow

Allen Cook

BBC News

After all the disruption on Friday and into the weekend, council and transport services in Herefordshire and Worcestershire look to be getting back to normal:

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