Worcester City Council

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

Election 2018 Results

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Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 6 Total councillors 17 ChangeNo results

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 6 Total councillors 15 Change-1

PartyGreen

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 3 Change+1
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Trial lets council tax be paid in shops

Post offices and about 80 small shops across Worcester have signed up to a trial scheme in which people can use the sites to make local authority payments.

Worcester City Council is working with national payment network PayPoint to allow residents to pay tax and business rates.

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Councillors accused of snobbery over KFC decision

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The head of a planning committee which turned down an application for a new KFC has accused his fellow councillors of snobbery.

Worcester City Council rejected the fast food chain's plans for a building on The Cross by six votes to four, while unanimously approving an application to open a bar and restaurant, just down the road on Foregate.

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Councillor Chris Mitchell said: "All I see is a massive lack of inconsistency" and added it "smacked of classism".

A report drawn up by council officers had recommended the KFC application for refusal, on the grounds it would not help create a vibrant city centre and over fears it could lead to an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour.

People who have been in a restaurant drinking alcohol are apparently less likely to cause trouble than somebody who has hopped into KFC for a chicken burger. KFC is a restaurant too. The fact that you may not be using a knife and fork doesn’t mean it’s not a restaurant."

Councillor Chris MitchellWorcester City Council

City considers overhauling CCTV in wake of student's death

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Christian Barnett

CCTV cameras could be upgraded in Worcester as most of them are almost a decade old and of varying quality, the city council says.

Earlier this month, the local authority admitted - after the body of University of Worcester student Thomas Jones was found - that the CCTV camera on the bridge where he was last seen alive, hadn't worked for more than a year.

CCTV cameras
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Just three of Worcester City Council's 66 cameras are high definition and some of the cables for the whole system are nearly 20 years old in places.

If plans are approved next Wednesday, the council's communities committee will draw up a fully costed report on what can and needs to be done.

Car parking charges could rise in city

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Some car parking charges in Worcester could go up by 10% if a shake-up of parking charges is approved by councillors.

The authority estimates the move would raise £300,000 and help meet its target of saving £455,000 by 2020.

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Among the proposals are increases to the cost of short-stay tickets and charges for Blue Badge holders using off-street parking.

The plans will be discussed by councillors on 23 October.

Appeal granted over new Worcester City FC ground

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Supporters of Worcester City Football club have won their battle to get planning permission for a new stadium.

Drawings of the plans
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The city council had refused permission last year for the 4,000-seater ground near Perdiswell Sports Centre, following opposition from Green and Conservative councillors.

Then, earlier this year, proposals for an alternative site at Parsonage Way were scrapped.

But today, a planning inspector's allowed an appeal over the plans for Perdiswell.

Out with the old and in with the new 'big belly bins'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Ten "big belly" bins which can only be opened using a handle or a foot pedal are being trialed in Worcester to try to reduce the number of seagulls in the city.

The city council's already used dummy eggs in a bid to reduce numbers, as well as netting on roofs to discourage the birds from landing.

Old style bin and new style bin introduced in Worcester city centre
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The much bigger bins means street teams can focus more on litter picking as the bins should need to be emptied less, the council says.

If you want to see how these bins work, head to the BBC H&W Facebook page.

Two seagulls on cafe tables in Worcester
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Plans for new football ground 'unrealistic'

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

City councillors have unanimously agreed that proposals for a new stadium for Worcester City close to the M5 are "unrealistic".

Stadium plans
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The football club has been ground-sharing in the north of the county since leaving St George's Lane more than five years ago.

At last night's meeting, a move to Parsonage Way was ruled out.

Labour councillors are now calling for the club and its supporters to review the idea of a move to Perdiswell.

Plans for a stadium there are currently being considered by a planning inspector, having been rejected earlier in July.

Wi-fi scheme expected to be approved

A scheme to offer free wi-fi in Worcester city centre is expected to get the backing of councillors tonight.

Worcester council house
Worcestershire County Council

Worcester City Council has drawn up proposals to allow shoppers to access free internet on their mobile phones for the next three years.

Councillors who sit on the policy and resources committee are being asked to approve a £130,000 budget.

Plans for new football stadium in doubt

Plans for a new football stadium at Warndon Villages in Worcester could be abandoned, afterit was found it could cost £2.5m to get the site ready.

Worcester City Football Club has been working on a scheme for a new stadium off Parsonage Way.

Parsonage Way
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The club has been looking for a new home since April 2013 after selling its old ground in St George’s Lane.

But the city council, which own the land, has now called the idea “unrealistic”.

Council to phase out use of disposable plastics

Worcester City Council will phase out disposable plastics by the end of October.

The authority decided to stop using them in bottles, straws and cups, after a motion was put forward by councillor Neil Laurenson.

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The council is also encouraging local businesses to do the same.