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Council workers get better sick pay deal

Evesham Journal: Advice event for older people at Worcester Guildhall

3:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

COUNCIL workers in Worcester who injure themselves at work will receive increased rates of sick pay, it has emerged.

Bill for county incinerator spirals 2,000 per cent off course

Evesham Journal: COUNCIL VOTE: An artist’s impression of the controversial £120m Hartlebury incinerator.

1:59pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE bill for consultancy work and legal fees run up by the county council during the fight to build a controversial incinerator in Worcestershire reached nearly £900,000, it has been revealed.

See Worcester MP Robin Walker get absolutely DRENCHED in the ice bucket challenge

Evesham Journal: Worcester MP Robin Walker reacts as he is showered in iced water as he took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, helped by Office manager Kate Dixon and campaign manager Will Pryce at the Worcester Conservative Party Offices, Sansome Place, Worcester. Pic Jo

5:17pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

WITH the cool August weather causing quite a shock to the system, the last thing anyone would want is a huge bucket of ice cold water thrown over them.

Former council leader's dismay on overhanging bushes

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11:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

THESE overhanging bushes and weeds are causing problems down a busy Worcester road - with a former council leader lambasting its appearance as "a mess".

Plans for new £150m Worcester shopping complex to be submitted in October

Evesham Journal: Cropped shot of woman with shopping bags (7436483)

10:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

PLANS for a £150 million shopping centre in Worcester are set to be handed to council chiefs in October - paving the way for a radical transformation in the city's retail offer.

Worcester is winning the battle against 'chuggers'

Evesham Journal: BUSY: Worcester High Street is full of Christmas shoppers looking for a bargain. Picture by John Anyon. 50100001.

9:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

WORCESTER is winning the battle against so-called 'chuggers' - 18 months on from a hard-hitting crackdown.

An ally found in New Zealand

Evesham Journal: Sunset on parade: the view over Middle Battenhall, in Worcester

9:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

THERE'S been many politicians laying their boots into the Mayor of Worcester over the last couple of months, but precious little proof those of a Conservative persuasion feel the same way.

We must have a chief executive, says council leader

Evesham Journal: Councillor Adrian Hardman, county council leader

2:38pm Monday 11th August 2014

THE leader of Worcestershire County Council has revealed his reasons for not 'sharing' or even going without a chief executive - saying it would be wrong for a politician to have so much power.

One is not amused by you being AWOL

Evesham Journal: Her Majesty's chosen volunteer groups were announced today

9:00am Friday 15th August 2014

IT'S been another harrowing few days for Worcester's Mayor Councillor Alan 'fiasco' Amos, who has hit double figures for the number of events he's managed to miss since June.

Help to Buy is 'fuelling debt', says Worcester's Labour parliamentary candidate

Evesham Journal: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

1:33pm Monday 11th August 2014

WORCESTER'S Labour parliamentary candidate has poured cold water on nearly 500 first time buyers getting on the housing ladder in Worcestershire - saying she is worried about it "fuelling" debt.

Package of measures drawn up to ease noise by Worcester's Ketch island

Evesham Journal: BIGGER: The Ketch island would have an overhaul.

1:30pm Monday 11th August 2014

A PACKAGE of new measures to appease disgruntled householders living by Worcester's Ketch roundabout have been revealed by council chiefs.

Mayor of Worcester in fresh controversy over missing key events

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1:13pm Monday 11th August 2014

THE Mayor of Worcester is today facing fresh criticism - with the number of events he has missed hitting double figures already.

Former Worcester Mayor's property is 'dragging the street down'

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10:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

WITH bricks scattered everywhere, the roof torn off and parts of the first floor seemingly held up by metal rods, it's a far cry from the vision outlined for this Worcester property.

Former Worcester City Council leader in Living Wage plea

Evesham Journal: Advice event for older people at Worcester Guildhall

4:41pm Friday 8th August 2014

A FORMER leader of Worcester City Council has made his own personal plea to carry on paying staff the Living Wage - saying it is "the right thing to do".

Are county's historic archives for sale? Council denies speculation

Evesham Journal: The Hive in Worcester city centre

1:59pm Friday 8th August 2014

CLAIMS Worcestershire's UK-leading archives could be sold to private investors are being refuted by council chiefs - despite one politician saying "speculation is rife" it could go.

Reject independence, Worcester MP urges Scotland

Evesham Journal: Worcester MP Robin Walker

1:54pm Friday 8th August 2014

WORCESTER'S MP today leads a passionate rallying call urging Scotland to reject independence - after being tasked with investigating the issue on behalf of parliament.

Blue sky thinking or pure bonkers

Evesham Journal: Boris Johnson apologised after losing his temper

1:29pm Friday 8th August 2014

YOU'VE got to hand it to those Tories at Worcestershire County Council, who are swallowing up all the 'positive mantra' thinking in these most austere of times.

Secret County Hall report reveals consultancy shambles

Evesham Journal: County Hall

9:35am Friday 8th August 2014

A LEAKED report has revealed shocking failings over consultancy spending at Worcestershire County Council - including contracts being extended without politicians being told, people employed without insurance checks, no records of job interviews and practises so shoddy there are fears EU laws were breached.

Potential investors 'avoid notorious Worcester roundabout', claims ex-councillor

Evesham Journal: CONCERNS: The layout of the Whittington traffic island. 40144611

2:49pm Thursday 7th August 2014

BUSINESS people from areas like Birmingham visiting Worcester are so fed up with the city's controversial Whittington island they are AVOIDING coming off at Junction 7 of the M5.

Hundreds of people across Worcestershire use Help to Buy to get on the ladder

Evesham Journal: Barratt says the UK housing market is improving and has seen homebuyers queue up for its properties

12:33pm Thursday 7th August 2014

NEARLY 500 people across Worcestershire have bought their first property from the Government's Help to Buy scheme, it has emerged.

Councillors reveal their £3.1m windfall 'wish list'

Evesham Journal: POPULAR: The splashpad

12:30pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A REVAMP of Gheluvelt Park's popular Splashpad, new-look play facilities in St John's, a huge overhaul of Worcester's Cornmarket area - these are just some of the suggestions as to how the city council can spend a £3.1 million cash windfall.

Council leader to wait before deciding on Living Wage

Evesham Journal: Advice event for older people at Worcester Guildhall

12:27pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A DECISION on whether to pay council staff in Worcester the official Living Wage beyond next spring will not be made until around Christmas, it has emerged.

I back merging rubbish collections across Worcestershire, reveals city Tory

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1:24pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A FORMER deputy leader of Worcester City Council has come out in support of merging rubbish collections across the whole county - and has revealed he first raised it three years ago.

Council urged to shift lorry parking out of city centre

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1:10pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

SMOG-SPREADING lorries could finally be rid from Worcester city centre, it has emerged.

Anger over £100,000 pay for council workers

Evesham Journal: County Hall

1:01pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

EIGHTEEN high-earning council staff across Worcestershire were paid more than £100,000 last year, it has emerged.

County MPs condemn Israel's attacks on Gaza as "brutal"

Evesham Journal: MP Luff claims £37,000 a year for two extra jobs

2:39pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

A WORCESTERSHIRE MP has waded into Israel's horror attacks on Gaza - and wants Number 10 to take a firmer stance on the crisis.

£3.5m roads revamp in Worcestershire finishes

Evesham Journal: JOB DONE: Highways workers David Smith, left, and David Thacker with Cllr John Smith, cabinet member for highways.

1:42pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

A £3.5 million project to repair potholes, divots and cracks on Worcestershire's roads has now finished.

Council tax in Worcestershire is the ninth lowest in the country

Evesham Journal: County Hall

10:53am Tuesday 5th August 2014

IF you've ever seen the council tax bill dropping through the door and breathed a sigh of anguish, it could be worse.

New Tesco Express to open in Worcester

Evesham Journal: Tesco logo

3:03pm Monday 4th August 2014

TESCO has secured permission to open up an express store in Barbourne - despite opposition due to traffic fears and the impact on other traders.

Anger over 3,000 'rights of way' repair backlog in county

Evesham Journal: RICHARD UDALL: Labour Candidate for St. John's Division

3:00pm Monday 4th August 2014

MORE than 3,000 'rights of way' routes across Worcestershire have defects - leading to furious claims council chiefs are providing a "Cinderella service".

Bedroom tax puts hundreds into debt in Worcestershire

Evesham Journal: UNFAIR: Falklands veteran Doug Padgett has been driven into debt by the tax. 1313282302.

2:50pm Monday 4th August 2014

THE devastating impact of the bedroom tax can today be laid bare in Worcestershire - with hundreds of people in mounting debt and at risk of losing their homes.

Council complaints revealed in Worcestershire

Evesham Journal: County Hall

2:44pm Monday 4th August 2014

AN INDEPENDENT watchdog has investigated complaints against Worcestershire councils nearly 100 times over the last year, it has emerged.

Fire service HQ goes on the market

Evesham Journal: Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service will be holding an open day in Ross-on-Wye on Saturday.

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

IT'S been the home of Worcester's firefighters for the last seven decades - but now the 'for sale' signs have finally gone up.

University pledges to turn Orchard House into a first-class centre for learning

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9:00am Monday 28th July 2014

THE University of Worcester has outlined its plans to transform a key city centre site - saying it intends to open more teaching facilities as part of its ongoing expansion.

Cuts to youth activities? Don't blame us, says leader

Evesham Journal: Councillor Adrian Hardman, county council leader

2:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

THE leader of Worcestershire County Council has defended his stance on youth funding - and is blaming the economy for making cuts.

Talks start over one rubbish collection service for the whole of Worcestershire

Evesham Journal: Fortnightly bin collections have increased recycling rates, town hall chiefs claim

1:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

TENTATIVE talks have got underway to see if one massive rubbish and recycling collection service can be launched for the whole of Worcestershire.

How YOU want Worcester City Council's cash windfall to be spent

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11:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

MORE than a third of people want Worcester City Council to spend its £3.1 million windfall on paying off debt - while 20 per cent say it should go on a massive new swimming pool.

Electronic games ban at County Hall

Evesham Journal: County Hall

10:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

THE playing of electronic games like Solitaire is officially being banned at Worcestershire County Council.

Waitrose bosses delighted to get Worcester green light after "years" of searching

Evesham Journal: Waitrose to open store in High Wycombe

9:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

WAITROSE bosses have spoken of their delight after being given the green light for a £20 million Worcester store - revealing it has been looking for a presence in the city "for many years".

Send him to Massachusetts

Evesham Journal: Darth Vader

10:00am Friday 1st August 2014

IT'S fair to say more and more people around the city are getting to know the newish Mayor of Worcester, our old chum Cllr Alan Amos.

'Happy place' project hailed a success in Worcester

Evesham Journal: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

5:05pm Friday 25th July 2014

A FIVE-YEAR project to help people in Worcester's most impoverished areas is being hailed a success.

12-month reprieve from youth activity cuts - but it will not last

Evesham Journal: County Hall

3:50pm Friday 25th July 2014

PLANS to slash council funding for youth activities in Worcestershire by 50 per cent next year have been scrapped, it has emerged.

Pressure on new city council leadership to 'licence' homes

Evesham Journal: It's a buyers' market on the property market

3:43pm Friday 25th July 2014

PRESSURE is being applied on Worcester City Council's new leadership to revisit old proposals to 'licence' homes.

Bid for children's museum in Worcester shelved due to council HQ sale

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3:39pm Friday 25th July 2014

PLANS for a new £1.8 million children's museum in Worcester are being dumped because of the city council's HQ sale.

Threat to privatise service for the elderly in Worcestershire

Evesham Journal: County Hall

3:35pm Friday 25th July 2014

A COUNCIL-RUN service which places old and vulnerable people in the care of families across Worcestershire is facing privatisation, it has emerged.

Fifteen ways to blow Worcester's cash windfall

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11:09am Friday 25th July 2014

LIKE a kid in a sweetshop, cash-strapped Worcester City Council is soon going to be enjoying the fruits of a wealthy grandma.

Green light for Worcester's £20m Waitrose

Evesham Journal: Waitrose to open store in High Wycombe

10:37am Friday 25th July 2014

WAITROSE is coming to Worcester - after a massive new £20 million store off London Road was given the green light.

Worcester's Waitrose debate: live report

Evesham Journal:

4:27pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A DECISION on whether Worcester will get a Waitrose has been made by the city council. Follow how the debate unfolded (and goes on) live in the panel at the bottom of this story.

Robin Walker promoted to role as aide to Environment Secretary

Evesham Journal: Worcester MP Robin Walker

12:50pm Thursday 24th July 2014

WORCESTER MP Robin Walker has been handed a promotion - and is now the closest confidante of Britain's youngest ever female Cabinet minister.

£3.1m cash windfall heading to Worcester - how would you spend it?

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10:38am Thursday 24th July 2014

A BONANZA £3.1 million cash windfall heading to Worcester City Council could be used to build a first class swimming pool, reverse massive cuts or pay off debt.

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