More than £4.3million will be spent by Wychavon improving the energy efficiency of fuel poor homes across the district after several successful funding bids.

£4.3million for improving home energy efficiency


More than £4.3million will be spent by Wychavon improving the energy efficiency of fuel poor homes across the district after several successful funding bids.


Wychavon has received a share of £5.8million from the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund as part of a joint bid with Rooftop Housing Group, Trent and Dove Housing Group, Citizen Housing Group and Trident Group.


Some £3million of the money will be spent in Wychavon on installing energy efficient solar and solar thermal panels, external wall insulation and loft insulation. Work is being targeted at low income households in fuel poverty and homes with a poor energy efficiency rating. The rest of the money will be spent on homes in Staffordshire and Birmingham.


More than 260 properties will be improved in total saving households up to £450 a year on their fuel bills and helping to cut carbon emissions as part of Wychavon’s Intelligently Green Plan.


Wychavon has also received £700,000 from the first phase of the Government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme. This money is being used to improve the energy efficiency of 155 homes across the district through the installation of solar panels, solar thermals and draught proofing.


Another £650,000 has already been pledged to Wychavon as part of the second phase of the scheme. The money will again be targeted at fuel poor households and details are being worked up about how the funding will be distributed to make the maximum impact.


Cllr Chris Day, Executive Board Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing on Wychavon District Council, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to secure this money which, together with our partners, allows us to make a very significant investment in improving the energy efficiency of homes across Wychavon. This will help us to cut carbon emissions to support the fight against climate change, as well as save people money.”


Wychavon District Council Waste Reduction and Recycling Survey

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Wychavon District Council are looking for Local residents to fill in the survey below and to share it with family and friends.


The deadline is 16 May. The direct hyperlink is:

Wychavon News Update- Pupils become ‘litter warriors’ in anti-litter fight

Pupils become ‘litter warriors’ in anti-litter fight

School pupils across the district are taking on the litter louts thanks to free education sessions funded by Wychavon.

More than 500 children have already taken part in Covid-19 Secure outdoor anti-litter sessions since the scheme launched in mid-March. They learn about why littering is anti-social, the damage it does to the environment and the risk it poses to wildlife.

Pupils also take part in a litter pick with an added challenge to hunt out the oldest bit of litter they can find. The prize so far goes to a pupil at Abbey Park Middle School in Pershore who found a crisp packet dating back to 1981.

Teachers are also given a lesson plan to run follow-up sessions and are encouraged to sign up for the Wychavon Adopt a Street volunteer litter picking scheme, so pupils can continue to keep their community clean and tidy.

The sessions are run by local company Little Litter Warriors and funded as part of Wychavon’s anti-litter campaign. Every school across the district will be offered the chance to host at least one session per class every year.

Sharon Casswell, Client Services Manager for Wychavon District Council, said: “It is fantastic to see so many children getting involved in learning about the damage littering causes and doing something about it by signing up to become part of our Adopt a Street volunteer litter picking team. They are setting a fantastic example to others who I hope will be inspired to follow their lead and start putting their rubbish in the bin.”

Karen Blanchfield, Director of Little Litter Warriors, said: “This is an exciting opportunity educating pupils through schools on the impact of litter pollution. As a litter heroes ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy, I am passionate about educating children on why they should take individual responsibility with their litter decisions and why it is important to dispose of this litter responsibly.

“The litter pick practical sessions are a great way to engage the children in a fun outdoor litter hunt that brings to light just how long a piece of litter has remained in the environment. The teacher classroom sessions allow the children to share their ideas on how they can implement Wychavon’s Adopt a Street initiative to help manage the litter around their school community. I am delighted to be working with Wychavon who are investing in the environment for future generations.”

Schools in the district can book their free session by visiting and following the link.


Caption 1: Pupils from Cleeve Prior Primary School cleaned up after taking part in one of our litter prevention sessions.

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Caption 2: Pupils from Upton Snodsbury C of E First School took part in one of the sessions and are now part of Wychavon’s Adopt a Street scheme with a commitment to look after the footpaths around the school.

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Caption 3: Pupils from Abbey Park Middle School in Pershore where a crisp packet dating back to 1981 was found.

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WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE-(Footpaths PS-564, PS-565, PS-566(part), Pershore, PV-530, Pinvin and WP-508, Wyre Piddle) (Temporary Closure Order) 2021



Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (As Amended)

(Footpaths PS-564, PS-565, PS-566(part), Pershore, PV-530, Pinvin and WP-508, Wyre Piddle) (Temporary Closure Order) 2021

Order made: to close Footpaths PS-564, PS-565, PS-566(part), Pershore, PV-530, Pinvin and WP-508, Wyre Piddle for their entire length in order to allow works to be carried out on construction of a new road.

Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises having a frontage to the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the necessary works to be undertaken.

Alternative route: No alternative route.

The proposed Order will continue in force for a period not exceeding 6 months or until the works which it is proposed to be carried out have been completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is anticipated that the Order will only be operative for 6 months commencing on 1 May 2021

Following the sad passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a Book of Condolence for Worcestershire has opened online.

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The Book of Condolence is open for residents to pay their respects and show their love and support for the Royal Family.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, traditional physical books of condolences are not being made available for people to record their messages.

As an alternative, you can leave your message by following the below link. Your message will be shown on an online book of condolence and it is anticipated that the content of the online book of condolences will eventually be retained as part of the historical records at the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.

Here is the link to the Online Book of Condolence

If you are unable to leave a message via the online book of condolence or are unable to ask a relative or friend to complete on your behalf, please call 01905 765765 select option 9 and a member of staff can complete the online form on your behalf.

Opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

The Book of Condolence will close at 8am  on Sunday (18 April)

Condolences on death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Wyre Piddle Parish Council is deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and joins with the rest of the country and indeed with people and nations around the world in extending our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time.

Under normal circumstances, the Council would provide a venue for the signing of Books of Condolence and the laying of floral tributes, but unfortunately, that is not possible due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, and encourage the public to pay their respects safely from home.

Cllr. John Paul – Chair of Wyre Piddle Parish Council.

Wychavon District Council -Let’s get back to supporting traders safely

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Let’s get back to supporting traders safely

‘Let’s get back to supporting local traders safely’ is the message from Wychavon ahead of the next stage of the country’s lockdown easing road map next week.

From Monday, 12 April non-essential retailers, hairdressers and other personal care services can reopen. Pubs, restaurants and cafes will also be able to serve people outside and outdoor attractions, like zoos, can also reopen.

To support the reopening Wychavon has developed its ‘Let’s get back to supporting local traders safely’ campaign, which encourages people to get out and back local businesses but to remember to follow the rules to keep everyone safe.

Residents are being advised to remember the following while out shopping or using other services:

  • Keep a safe distance from others, including when queuing
  • Wear face coverings indoors (unless legally exempt) and properly so they cover the nose and mouth at all times
  • Sanitise hands when entering a business and try not to touch products unless intending to buy them
  • Pay by contactless if possible
  • Try and shop at times when shops are likely to be less busy and continue to make use of their delivery and click and collect services
  • Follow the rules on group mixing when using outdoor hospitality


Car parking will continue to be free in Wychavon’s pay and display car parks for now but on-street parking restrictions will apply. Rules allowing most non-essential retailers to open from 7am until 10pm Monday to Saturday have also been relaxed.

Wychavon has so far spent £44million supporting businesses through the last 12 months of lockdowns and disrupted trading. Several million more will be paid out under the new Restart Grant scheme, offering payments of up to £6,000 for non-essential retailers or £18,000 for hospitality and leisure businesses, is due to go live shortly.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “Every business that has closed their doors has played a vital role in getting this virus under control in our district. Now it’s time to repay them by getting out on to our high streets and supporting local traders. You can support them not only by giving them your custom but also by following the rules. This will help keep people safe and a lid on the virus so we don’t have to go through any more damaging lockdowns.”

Check your polling station before you vote

Check your polling station before you vote


Residents are being urged to check where they should go to vote as changes have been made to some polling stations because of coronavirus restrictions.

Voters go to the polls on Thursday, 6 May to elect a new West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and councillors to represent them on Worcestershire County Council.

To make sure people can vote safely in-person measures are being put in place at polling stations including social distancing, asking voters to bring their own pen or pencil and to wear face coverings.

Some polling stations are not big enough to allow social distancing so the locations have been changed. Residents should check their poll card carefully, which will give the address of where they need to go to vote. People can also use the online polling station finder on the council’s website at

Poll cards were sent out in March. If someone hasn’t received one yet then it may mean they are not registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming elections is 19 April 2021. Registration can be done online at

Residents can also apply to vote by post or by proxy – where they send someone else to vote on their behalf.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote for this election is 20 April 2021 at 5pm and a proxy vote at 5pm on 27 April 2021. Details of how to apply can be found on the council’s elections web page.

Elaine Dicks, Electoral Services Manager for Wychavon District Council, said: “I urge all voters to check the location of their polling station before they go out to vote just in case it has been changed and to avoid any problems on polling day.

“Anyone who is thinking of voting by post or proxy should do so as soon as possible as it will give people the maximum time possible to receive and return their postal ballot or confirm arrangements for their proxy vote.”

There’s still time to take part in the census

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There’s still time to take part in the census

There is still time for residents across the Wychavon District to fill in the census questionnaire.

Census Day, which was on Sunday March 21, marked the day that millions of people across England and Wales completed key questions about themselves and their households to ensure local services in every community are informed by the best information possible.

For those who have not yet submitted their online or paper questionnaires or have maybe misplaced their invitation letter, there is lots of help available.

A new unique access code can be requested online and there is face-to-face assistance at local Census Support Centres.

Field officers are also calling at households who have not completed their census. They will follow social distancing and COVID-safe guidelines, supporting people to take part. They will be equipped with PPE and will never need to enter anyone’s home.

The results from the census will shed light on the needs of different groups and communities, and the inequalities people are experiencing. This is to ensure the big decisions facing the country following the pandemic and EU exit are based on the best information possible, through the anonymised answers provided.

The Office of National Statistics will never share personal details and no-one, including government bodies, will be able to identify anyone in census statistics. Personal census records will be kept secure for 100 years, and only then can future generations view it.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “There is still time to take part in the census and we encourage those who haven’t done so to fill it out as soon as possible. There is plenty of support available for those who need it both online and offline. The census is so important, and it only takes ten minutes out of your day to complete.”

If the census is not completed, there is a risk of a fine of up to £1,000.

To complete the census, and to find out how to get help, please visit or call 0800 141 2021.