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Council apologises for Muslim burial foul-up - and offers to meet the family

Evesham Journal: GRAVES: Worcester's cemetery off Astwood Road, in Perdiswell.

1:04pm Monday 30th November 2015

COUNCIL chiefs in Worcester have apologised for wrongly telling a Muslim family to wait a week before burying a loved one.

I don't know what to do with council tax, says police and crime commissioner Bill Longmore

Evesham Journal: TAX DILEMMA: Police and crime commissioner Bill Longmore, left, with deputy Barrie Sheldon on the right.

12:44pm Monday 30th November 2015

THE region's police and crime commissioner has admitted he faces a council tax dilemma - and wants the public's help in deciding what to do.

Is that an Alien? No, it's Worcester's mission to tackle congestion

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8:15am Monday 30th November 2015

COUNCIL chiefs in Worcester could be going all Star Trek to ease the city's congestion - by hovering SATELLITES in the sky to monitor drivers.

UPDATED 5.30PM: Bereaved Muslim family wrongly told by council to wait a week for Worcester burial

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1:42pm Friday 27th November 2015

A BEREAVED Muslim family were wrongly told they would have to wait a week before burying a loved one in a council foul-up.

Council "confident" £22m Worcestershire Parkway will get underway next year

Evesham Journal: PARKWAY: Some images showing how the £22m station could look.

11:33am Friday 27th November 2015

COUNCIL chiefs insist they are "confident" work on the £22 million Worcestershire Parkway will get underway next year - and say they expect it to outstrip expectations.

Green Party calls Spending Review a "missed opportunity" - but business chiefs back it

Evesham Journal: CHANCELLOR: George Osborne in the Commons on Wednesday.

10:39am Friday 27th November 2015

WORCESTER Green Party has criticised George Osborne's Spending Review - calling it a "missed opportunity" to tackle fuel poverty.

I'm worried about building homes near flood zones, says Worcester's planning chief

Evesham Journal: FLOODS: Some scenes of rising waters in Worcester from February 2014.

1:00pm Thursday 26th November 2015

THE chairman of Worcester City Council's planning committee has voiced concern over building near flood zones - urging the rapid pace of development to slow down.

Surface dressing is making "a significant difference" to Worcestershire's roads, insists council director

Evesham Journal: NOISE: The A449 near Claines.

10:44am Thursday 26th November 2015

COUNCIL chiefs in Worcestershire have defended surface dressing - saying it's a far better option than hugely expensive full-scale pothole repairs.

Build, build build - house building across Worcestershire up 96% in two years

Evesham Journal: DEVELOP: House building at St George's Lane in Worcester earlier this year, the former home of Worcester City FC.

1:30pm Tuesday 24th November 2015

HOUSE building has surged across Worcestershire - with more than 2,500 built in just one year in a property bonanza.

Let's help Worcester's "gem" Gheluvelt Park be crowned the country's best, says MP

Evesham Journal: ENTER: The park's main entrance.

11:15am Tuesday 24th November 2015

WORCESTER'S MP is backing a bid to see Gheluvelt Park crowned the best green space in the country - calling it "a real gem".

Airstrikes on Syria: Worcester's MP says he "cannot support" bombing unless Cameron spells out clear benefits

Evesham Journal: SYRIA: Worcester MP Robin Walker.

2:24pm Monday 23rd November 2015

WORCESTER'S MP has revealed he has serious concerns about bombing Syria - saying he "cannot support" airstrikes unless David Cameron convinces him of the benefits.

Keep me out of David Cameron's school academy pledge, says council boss

Evesham Journal: SCHOOLS: Clare Marchant, the county council's chief executive.

1:14pm Monday 23rd November 2015

THE chief executive of Worcestershire County Council has refused to criticise a pledge by David Cameron to end local authority control of schools.

Worcester's army of volunteers praised after clocking up 2,637 hours

Evesham Journal: HELPING HAND: Jane Moorhouse, from Arboretum Residents Association with Councillor Mike Whitehouse, the deputy Mayor of Worcester.

11:45am Monday 23rd November 2015

VOLUNTEERS across Worcester have spent 2,637 hours sprucing up and improving the city in 2015 - with civic leaders lauding their contribution.

Council leader defends "strange" move to splash £1.5m on new rubbish trucks and sweepers

Evesham Journal: LORRIES: Councillor Simon Geraghty, the leader of Worcester City Council, with binman Mark Stephens.

11:43am Monday 23rd November 2015

THE leader of Worcester City Council has defended plans to spend £1.5 million of taxpayers' money on rubbish trucks and sweepers - rejecting criticism the move is "strange".

EXCLUSIVE: Investors promise to splash £20 million into Cathedral Square scheme as plaza rebirth kicks off

Evesham Journal: The ceremony took place to mark the start of building work at the Worcester Cathedral Square Shopping Centre site, formerley Cathedral Plaza. Pic Jonathan Barry 19.11.15  4715970304. (46783415)

11:54am Friday 20th November 2015

INVESTORS behind Worcester's emerging Cathedral Square project have revealed how a staggering £20 million will be sunk into transforming the shopping plaza - promising a "significant" overhaul.

Worcester's Labour and Tory parties row over "manipulating" the role of city mayor

Evesham Journal: DUO: The Mayor of Worcester Councillor Roger Knight with Councillor Mike Whitehouse, his deputy.

10:30am Friday 20th November 2015

WORCESTER'S Conservatives have been accused of "manipulating" the role of city mayor - with disgruntled Labour politicians demanding a re-think over it.

Worcestershire's 'railways devolution' - council chiefs launch plan to overhaul services

Evesham Journal: IMPROVED: Worcester Foregate Street Station is set to see increased train services and faster trains passing through

2:17pm Thursday 19th November 2015

A RAILWAYS 'devolution' could see train services improved in Worcestershire - with council chiefs agreeing to be part of an emerging new company.

Worcestershire's radical £2m solution to the county's elderly ticking timebomb

Evesham Journal: CARE: A new £2 million council project to create new technology is launching.

1:23pm Thursday 19th November 2015

AROUND £2 million of taxpayers' money will be sunk into developing new technology to help the vulnerable in Worcestershire under a radical new project.

I "absolutely agree" with Chancellor George Osborne's council funding overhaul, says city leader

Evesham Journal: FUNDING: Councillor Simon Geraghty, the leader of Worcester City Council.

5:43pm Wednesday 18th November 2015

THE leader of Worcester City Council is backing Chancellor George Osborne's funding overhaul - urging him to stick to his guns.

We can't guarantee jobs won't be lost, admits Worcester City Council under outsourcing of bin collections to private sector

Evesham Journal: PICK-UPS: Worcester's bin collections are expected to be done by a private firm in 2017.

12:39pm Wednesday 18th November 2015

COUNCIL chiefs have refused to guarantee the jobs of more than 100 workers will be safe under a move to outsource Worcester's bin collections - insisting it would be wrong to "speculate".

First new Syrian refugees arrive in UK - Worcestershire waits to hear if any will be heading to county

Evesham Journal: A charter flight carrying Syrian refugees under the expanded resettlement programme arrives at Glasgow airport yesterday

11:26am Wednesday 18th November 2015

THE first flight bringing new Syrian refugees to the UK has arrived - two months after council leaders in Worcestershire agreed to start talks with the Home Office on it.

More than 45,000 potholes repaired across Worcestershire - in just 18 MONTHS

Evesham Journal: POTHOLE: Since April last year 45,701 of these have been filled in across Worcestershire.

5:59pm Tuesday 17th November 2015

A STAGGERING 45,000 potholes have been repaired across Worcestershire in just 18 months - with the ultimate driver's scourge showing no signs of respite.

The 'building block' to a better future: Worcester's new £300,000 skills centre opens its doors

Evesham Journal: RIBBON CUTTING: Worcester MP Robin Walker and Richard Soper, chairman of Worcester Community Trust, cutting the opening ribbon joined by councillors, volunteers and funders.

3:56pm Tuesday 17th November 2015

A NEW £300,000 skills centre in Worcester has opened its doors in a bid to get more people into the construction industry.

Derek Prodger to step down from Worcester City Council after 34 years service

Evesham Journal: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

3:17pm Tuesday 17th November 2015

ONE of Worcester's most recognisable faces is stepping down from the city council next year - after 34 years serving the people.

Decision on letting Worcester's taxis use bus lanes to ease congestion will not be made until 2016, reveals council

Evesham Journal: TAXIS: Cabs in Worcester city centre.

5:18pm Monday 16th November 2015

A DECISION on whether taxis should be allowed to use bus lanes to ease Worcester's congestion will not be made until next year, it has emerged.

I "won't shy away" from massive challenges ahead, says council chief executive as she admits staff will be "anxious"

Evesham Journal: RALLYING CALL: Clare Marchant, the county council's chief executive.

2:33pm Monday 16th November 2015

THE chief executive of Worcestershire County Council has issued a rallying call to her workforce - saying she knows they will be "anxious" about the future.

We won't be copying Essex and switching street lights back on at night, vow council chiefs

Evesham Journal: Street lights like these on Henwick Road, St Johns, may be switched off bewteen Midnight and 6am in a bid to save money. Pic Jonathan Barry  3.2.14  0614513001 (3786636)

11:52am Monday 16th November 2015

COUNCIL chiefs in Worcestershire insist they will not u-turn on switching off 17,000 street lights at night - after Essex became the first part of the UK to cave in to public pressure.

No investigation into press leaks on Worcester's Ketch island fiasco, says council leader

Evesham Journal: KETCH: The island cones off back in the summer while emergency safety work was done.

10:42am Monday 16th November 2015

NO investigation will take place over any press leaks about three council workers who were suspended during Worcester's Ketch island fiasco, it has emerged.

Worcester's new-look Cathedral island labelled "disappointing" by councillors after safety fears scupper huge crossing

Evesham Journal: NEW: How the new crossing looks at the Cathedral island in Worcester.

3:07pm Friday 13th November 2015

WORCESTER'S new-look Cathedral island has been labelled "disappointing" by some councillors - who are asking questions about its appearance.

We won't get in the way of controversial Trade Union Bill, says Worcestershire County Council

Evesham Journal: PROTEST: At the start of this month campaigners went on protest outside parliament over the Trade Union Bill.

2:10pm Friday 13th November 2015

A BID to get the Government to water down its controversial Trade Union Bill has been rejected - despite concern it could damage workers' rights.

Worcestershire fire chief: I have "no intentions whatsoever" to cut the frontline

Evesham Journal: BLAZE: A fire at Blackpole Metals, at the Blackpole Trading Estate, Worcester back in June.

11:04am Friday 13th November 2015

WORCESTERSHIRE'S elected fire service boss says he has "no intentions whatsoever" of overseeing cuts - despite the worry about severe reductions in Government funding.

Tributes paid at County Hall after death of "advocate" of the people Jim Parish

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10:16am Friday 13th November 2015

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Worcestershire councillor who suddenly died last month - with Jim Parish described as a "passionate advocate" of the people.

First major milestone reached in Worcester's new-look £1.9m Cathedral Square project as island fully opens

Evesham Journal: The Cathedral Island in Worcester City Centre. Pic Jonathan Barry 4615963904. (45690565)

4:57pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

WORCESTER'S new-look Cathedral island has fully opened to the public - signalling the completion of the first major milestone in the area's transformation.

Give us cash for Carrington Bridge, hospital parking and schools: Worcester's MP writes to Chancellor George Osborne

Evesham Journal: LETTER: Worcester MP Robin Walker has written to the Chancellor.

10:57am Tuesday 10th November 2015

WORCESTER'S MP has fired a letter to George Osborne ahead of his big spending announcement - urging him to back some major investments in the city.

Shop away! New Worcester car parking deals announced in the run-up to Christmas

Evesham Journal: DEALS: The city's Croft Road car park.

3:34pm Monday 9th November 2015

FREE parking is launching in Worcester for the Christmas run-up - giving shoppers a festive incentive.

Have your say: Move to outsource Worcester bin collections to private company out for consultation

Evesham Journal: BINS: Could be handled by an outside company from 2017.

2:45pm Monday 9th November 2015

PEOPLE across Worcester are being asked for their views on a controversial move to outsource bin collections to a private company.

I'm "as confident as I can be" that fair school funding will be delivered, says Worcester MP after Nicky Morgan visit

Evesham Journal: TALKS: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, left, with Worcester MP Robin Walker at Christopher Whitehead Language College.

1:51pm Monday 9th November 2015

WORCESTER'S MP says he is more "confident" than ever before that fairer school funding will be delivered after Education Secretary Nicky Morgan's visit.

'I'm off': Deputy Mayor of Worcester to quit at next year's elections

Evesham Journal: STEPPING DOWN: Councillor Mike Whitehouse, right, the current Deputy Mayor of Worcester with Mayor Councillor Roger Knight.

11:54am Monday 9th November 2015

THE Deputy Mayor of Worcester is quitting politics next year - snubbing the chance to become the city's first citizen.

Deputy police and crime commissioner fires warning to Chancellor George Osborne over force cuts

Evesham Journal: WARNING: Deputy police and crime commissioner Barrie Sheldon.

10:54am Monday 9th November 2015

THE region's deputy police and crime commissioner has fired a warning to Chancellor George Osborne - urging him to spare the force from deeper cuts.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan visits Worcester to pledge "clear commitment" on fairer school funding

Evesham Journal: VISIT: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan MP visits Christopher Whitehead Language College for talks with headteacher Neil Morris.

5:15pm Friday 6th November 2015

EDUCATION Secretary Nicky Morgan visited Worcester today - pledging to finally solve the fairer funding conundrum once and for all.

MPs get on their bikes for poppy appeal ahead of Remembrance Sunday

Evesham Journal: CYCLING: Worcester MP Robin Walker doing his bit.

1:45pm Friday 6th November 2015

TWO MPs in Worcestershire have sweated it out in parliament - but this time it wasn't any House of Commons debates getting them hot under the collar.

Home Secretary Theresa May praises West Mercia Police for alliance - as Worcester MP calls for better funding

Evesham Journal: HOME SECRETARY: Theresa May has praised West Mercia Police in the House of Commons.

11:54am Friday 6th November 2015

HOME Secretary Theresa May has praised West Mercia Police for its 'alliance' with Warwickshire - as Worcester's MP led a rallying call to fund the force better.

More help for flooding on the way to Worcester - as minister calls it "a special case"

Evesham Journal: FLOODS: The riverside in Worcester during the floods of February 2014.

11:17am Friday 6th November 2015

MORE help to alleviate flooding could be on the way to Worcester - with ministers calling it "a special case".

Council writes to Government over £70m Carrington Bridge dualling - calling it 'crucial and essential' for Worcestershire

Evesham Journal: BRIDGE: The A4440 Carrington Bridge in south Worcester.

10:40am Friday 6th November 2015

THE leader of Worcestershire County Council has pledged to carry on "grinding away" over getting the £70 million needed to dual Carrington Bridge - after sending the Government a key letter over it.

Spelling mix-up among catalogue of errors in wrong cremation at Worcestershire MEP's funeral

Evesham Journal: MEP: Philip Bradbourn, pictured when he was an MEP.

9:57am Friday 6th November 2015

A SPELLING mistake was among a "catalogue of errors" that led to the wrong body being cremated at the funeral of a Worcestershire MEP, it has emerged.

I back new internet spying laws, Worcestershire MP tells Prime Minister

Evesham Journal: SPYING DEBATE: Nigel Huddleston speaking out at PMQs.

5:41pm Wednesday 4th November 2015

A WORCESTERSHIRE MP has backed controversial new internet spying laws - telling David Cameron he supports the crackdown.

Worcester's High Street still bucking trends as city centre outperforms rival destinations, say researchers

Evesham Journal: WORCESTER: The city's High Street.

4:48pm Wednesday 4th November 2015

WORCESTER'S High Street has been highlighted for bucking the trends - with the city set to outperform the region once again in 2015.

We back Prime Minister's pledge to loosen schools from council control, says County Hall's Conservative leadership

Evesham Journal: David Cameron

3:03pm Wednesday 4th November 2015

A PLEDGE by David Cameron to end local authority control of schools has been backed by Worcestershire County Council's leadership.

Former Worcester parliamentary candidate gets new electric car - and powers it using SOLAR panels

Evesham Journal: SOLAR: Louis Stephen with his Nissan Leaf car and Peter Read, managing director of the 2020SolarPV.

2:35pm Wednesday 4th November 2015

A FORMER Worcester parliamentary candidate is urging people across the city to be more eco-friendly - after getting this electric car powered by SOLAR panels.

We'd like to own Worcester's street signs as keepsakes, council chiefs are told

Evesham Journal: PLATES: The rusting plate in Malthouse Lane, Worcester.

4:15pm Tuesday 3rd November 2015

PEOPLE in Worcester are calling for council chiefs to "auction off" any unwanted street signs - with some even insisting they'd make good Christmas presents.

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