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NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR  Group Parish of Stoke Bliss

NOTICE OF VACANCY

IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

 Group Parish of Stoke Bliss

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Group Parish Council of Stoke Bliss, Kyre Ward, following the resignation on 2nd October 2023 of Councillor Peter Basford

If by Tuesday 24th October 2023 a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors** for Stoke Bliss Group Parish then an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than Friday 29th December 2023 (within 60 days)

 

Dated: 4th October 2023

 

Clerk to the Parish Council:

Carole Hirst

 

 

 

Returning Officer:

Andy Baldwin

The Council House

Avenue Road

Malvern

WR14 3AF

 

Notice of Parish Council Election for Thursday 4th May 2023

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Have your say on sites for Travellers and Travelling Show People in South Worcestershire

Have your say on sites for Travellers and Travelling Show People in South Worcestershire

The South Worcestershire Councils are inviting comments on the provision of sites for Travellers and Travelling Showpeople.

Worcester City, Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils have prepared a Development Plan Document which includes information on the accommodation needs of Travellers and Travelling Showpeople across South Worcestershire.

The document includes policies which seek to ensure that future Traveller sites are appropriately located and designed.

The document proposes additional Traveller pitches on two existing Traveller sites at Newlands, Malvern and Charlton, Pershore and two existing sites at Aldington and Evesham are also allocated in case the latest planning permissions lapse.

To help meet the medium to longer term needs of Travellers or Travelling Showpeople, new sites are also proposed on the new and expanded settlements at Worcestershire Parkway, Throckmorton and Rushwick, together with a site on each of the urban extensions at Worcester South and Worcester West.

The six-week public consultation runs from 1 November until Tuesday 13 December 2022 at 11.59pm. The public and other interested parties are being asked to comment on whether they believe the Development Plan Document is sound and legally compliant.

For the Development Plan Document to be considered sound it must show that it will meet the identified need for Traveller sites, is based on robust evidence, is deliverable and is consistent with national planning policies. To be legally compliant, the document must have followed all necessary legal and procedural requirements.

The Development Plan Document has been informed by earlier public consultations held in 2016, 2018 and 2021. This is the last public consultation on the document before it is submitted to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate for independent Examination in 2023.

 

Cllr David Harrison, Chairman of the South Worcestershire Development Plan Joint Advisory Panel, said: “Providing sufficient appropriately located and designed sites for Travellers and Travelling Showpeople is vitally important, so I would urge people to make their voices heard on this essential issue.”

 

While all comments submitted during the consultation will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration during the next stage of the document, the Government’s Planning Inspector is only likely to consider comments that relate to the soundness and legal compliance of the document.

People can comment by visiting https://www.swdevelopmentplan.org/consultations/south-worcestershire-traveller-and-travelling-showpeople-policy from Tuesday 1 November and downloading and filling in the comment form, by email or by post. Paper copies will also be available from Customer Contact Centres, local libraries and some parish and town council offices.

NOTES

 

The Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Policy and Site Allocations DPD is part of the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review (SWDPR) process. The SWDPR, jointly prepared by the three South Worcestershire Councils – Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon – covers the period to 2041. The SWDPR addresses overall housing and employment requirements and includes detailed policies to determine planning applications.

The three South Worcestershire Councils have a responsibility to plan for the housing needs of all residents, including the Traveller and Travelling Showpeople community under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

The Government’s national Planning Policy for Traveller Sites requires the South Worcestershire Councils to identify a supply of deliverable Traveller sites to provide 5 years’ worth of sites against locally set targets, and sufficient developable sites for up to 15 years.

The South Worcestershire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA, 2019) identified a need for 104 Traveller pitches in the period to 2041. Between March 2019 and August 2022, 49 Traveller pitches were granted planning permission across South Worcestershire, leaving an outstanding requirement for 55 pitches in the period to 2041. Additionally, the GTAA identified a need for 10 Travelling Showpeople plots in the period to 2041. 2 Showpeople plots have been granted planning consent since March 2019.

The Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Policy and Site Allocations DPD makes provision for up to 56 Traveller pitches (4 at Newlands, 2 at Charlton, 20 at Worcestershire Parkway, 10 at Throckmorton, up to 10 at Worcester South and up to 10 at Worcester West) and 10 Travelling Showpeople plots at Rushwick.

As part of the development of the Development Plan Document, the South Worcestershire Councils undertook three “calls for sites” – in 2015, 2016 and 2020 – to provide an opportunity for individuals and organisations to suggest sites that they considered might be suitable for allocation as a Traveller or Travelling Showpeople site. 46 sites were submitted for consideration, but not all were considered suitable.

In addition to proposing specific site allocations to meet the identified needs of Travellers and Travelling Showpeople, the Development Plan Document also includes draft policies to ensure that development proposals for Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites are appropriately located and designed.

After the public consultation all responses will be reviewed and submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. An independent Inspector will then be appointed to carry out the Examination stage of the process. This involves scrutinising the Development Plan Document to make sure that it is sound and legal. A series of public hearings may also be held where people will have the chance to make representations.

After the Examination stage is complete, the Planning Inspector may decide to ask for changes to be made to the Development Plan Document. Once this is completed the Development Plan Document can be formally adopted by each of the South Worcestershire Councils. This is expected to take place in late 2023.

Full details of the Plan are available at https://www.swdevelopmentplan.org/consultations/south-worcestershire-traveller-and-travelling-showpeople-policy

Glossary

For the purposes of planning policy ‘Travellers’ means Persons of nomadic habit of life whatever their race or origin, including such persons who on grounds only of their own or their family’s or dependants’ educational or health needs or old age have ceased to travel temporarily, but excluding members of an organised group of Travelling Showpeople or circus people travelling together as such.

For the purposes of planning policy, ‘Travelling Showpeople’ means Members of a group organised for the purposes of holding fairs, circuses or shows (whether or not travelling together as such). This includes such persons who on the grounds of their own or their family’s or dependents’ more localised pattern of trading, educational or health needs or old age have ceased to travel temporarily, but excludes Travellers as defined above.

For the purposes of planning policy, ‘pitch’ means a pitch on a ‘gypsy and Traveller’ site and ‘plot’ means a pitch on a ‘Travelling Showpeople’ site (often called a ‘yard’). This terminology differentiates between residential pitches for ‘gypsies and travellers’ and mixed-use plots for ‘Travelling Showpeople’, which may need to incorporate space to allow for the storage of equipment.

Consultation starts on SWDP Review

Consultation starts on SWDP Review

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SWDPR Notification Reg 19 covering letter

A six-week public consultation has started on a key planning document that will shape the future development of South Worcestershire.

The revised South Worcestershire Development plan allocates land for 13,240 additional new homes and 290.7 hectares of employment land to be delivered by 2041. This will help meet the Government requirement to allocate land to build 26,360 new homes and 350.5 hectares of employment land across South Worcestershire from 2021 to 2041. Not all sites in the Plan are new, with some being carried over from the last version of the SWDP and sites that already have planning permission being taken into account.

The majority of the new housing will be met through strategic growth sites at Worcestershire Parkway, Throckmorton, Rushwick and Mitton.

The public are being asked to comment on whether they consider the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan is sound and legally compliant. To be considered sound the Plan must have been positively prepared, based on robust, credible evidence, show a clear deliverable vision and be consistent with national planning policies.

On top of this the three South Worcestershire Councils – Worcester City, Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils – must also show they have complied with planning legislation including the legal duty to help neighbouring councils meet their strategic housing needs.

Comments can be made from Tuesday 1 November until 11.59pm on Tuesday 13 December 2022. Only comments made during the consultation can be considered.

People can comment by filling in the online comment form available on our website at www.swdevelopmentplan.org/review.  Paper copies are also available from Customer Contact Centres, local libraries and some parish and town council offices.

A series of public information events are being held to help describe the proposed growth at each of the strategic sites and give people the chance to ask questions.

These will be held on the following dates:

  • Rushwick expanded settlement – Thursday 3 November 1200-2000 at Rushwick Village Hall, Bransford Road, Rushwick, WR2 5TA
  • Worcestershire Parkway new settlement – Wednesday 9 November 1200-2000 at Norton Parish Hall, Wadborough Road, Littleworth, WR5 2QB
  • Mitton – Friday 11 November 1300-2000 at Bredon Village Hall, Main Road, Bredon, GL20 7QN
  • Throckmorton new settlement – Monday 14 November 1300-2000 at Bishampton Village Hall, Broad Lane, Bishampton, WR10 2LU

After the consultation all comments will be passed on to the Planning Inspectorate. The Plan will then go for Examination where it will be scrutinised in detail to make sure it is sound and legal. A series of public hearings may also be held where people will have the chance to make representations and ask questions providing that they have responded to this consultation.

It is expected the plan will be formally adopted by the South Worcestershire Councils in late 2023.

 

Cllr David Harrison, Chairman of the South Worcestershire Development Plan Joint Advisory Panel, said: “At this stage we are seeking views on whether people feel the Plan meets the test of soundness and is legally compliant. We cannot make changes to the Plan at this time; however, all comments will be passed to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration. There is a lot of information available through the SWDP website and in local libraries to help people understand what is being proposed and how to comment. I urge people to get involved with the consultation and to make their views known.”

NOTES

The current South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) covers the period 2006 to 2030 and is based on extensive evidence and previous consultations. It has been jointly prepared by the three partner councils – Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon.

The Review will extend the period the plan covers from 2030 up to 2041.

The SWDP Review includes policies for dealing with four broad areas:

  • Creating jobs and economic prosperity
  • Meeting housing needs
  • Transportation
  • The environment.

Most of the new housing will be provided through new settlements, known as strategic sites. These will be located close to existing or new railway links. Clear layout (concept) plans have been prepared for each area. Providing new greenspaces will also be a key part of the Plan. A range of house types will be provided to meet the future requirements of our area’s population. Consideration has been given for people of different age groups and with health needs.

Development will be completed in phases over time and developers will be asked for payments known as “developer contributions” to support, and where necessary, deliver local infrastructure.

The strategic sites are as follows:

 

  • Worcestershire Parkway – Up to 2041, 5,000 new homes will be built at this location with up to 40% affordable housing and 50 hectares of employment land to build a new settlement based on garden community principles. Another 5,000 homes are planned after 2041. The settlement will be carbon neutral with renewable energy providing the development’s energy needs. The focus will be on making sure residents’ needs are met near to where they live including a new town centre, schools, local neighbourhood centres and community facilities. Together with investment in walking and cycling infrastructure, it will promote sustainability and reduce dependency on the car.
  • Throckmorton – A carbon neutral settlement of 2,000 homes with 40% affordable housing and 20 hectares of employment land will be created by 2041. In the second phase after 2041, another 3,000 new homes are planned, as well as 40 hectares of employment land. Again, the focus will be on delivering sustainability with a town centre, schools and community facilities forming part of the proposals. New infrastructure will include direct walking and cycling links to Pershore Railway Station to reduce the need to travel by car.
  • Rushwick – 1,000 new homes are planned as well as 5 hectares of employment land, a new railway station, primary school, retail and other supporting services including a new or improved village hall, community park, allotments and orchards. Up to 40% of the housing will be affordable and no development will be allowed before land necessary to enable the railway station to be built and other critical infrastructure has been secured.
  • Mitton – Land near Mitton close to Bredon and next to Tewkesbury town, has also been identified to provide 1,000 new homes, 500 of which will be to meet neighbouring Tewkesbury Borough Council’s housing need. This agreement is part of the legal Duty to Cooperate which requires councils to support each other’s strategic planning needs. A new primary school, community facilities and walking and cycling links are included in the proposal.

 

Smaller sites have also been identified for new housing in each area during the plan period. In Worcester City 866 new homes are planned, 594 in Malvern, 10 in Tenbury and 376 in rural villages across the Malvern Hills District. In Wychavon 916 new homes have been allocated to Droitwich Spa, 255 in Evesham, 212 in Pershore and 1,069 in rural villages across the district.

As well as housing, the new Plan provides 290.7 hectares of new employment land to support business growth, renewed protections to prevent development on the Green Belt and around 179 hectares of new recreational open green space for people to enjoy.

 

There are also new and enhanced policies supporting each councils’ efforts to protect the environment and tackle climate change. Measures within these policies include:

  • Developments must be designed to minimise car use
  • Developers must provide the infrastructure for charging electric vehicles in each new home
  • Sustainable materials and construction techniques must be used
  • At least 20% of predicted energy use by a development must come from renewable or low carbon energy sources
  • Sites for new solar farms have been identified
  • Sites for Informal Areas of Recreation (AIRs) have been identified
  • Developments must provide measurable net gains in biodiversity
  • Polices to protect valued landscapes and landscape character
  • Policies to manage and mitigate against flood risk
  • Policies to make the most effective use of land

 

Full details of the Plan are available at http://www.swdevelopmentplan.org/review

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR  Parish of “Stoke Bliss, Kyre and Bockleton” – Bockleton Ward

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

 Parish of “Stoke Bliss, Kyre and Bockleton” – Bockleton Ward

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council following the Death on 1st August 2022 of Councillor Philip Bemand

If by 18th August 2022) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish of Bockleton an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 24/10/2022

Dated: 1st August 2022

Clerk to the Parish Council:

Carole Hirst

Returning Officer:

Andy Baldwin

The Council House

Avenue Road

Malvern

WR14 3AF

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

 Parish of “Stoke Bliss, Kyre and Bockleton” – Stoke Bliss Ward

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council following the resignation on 10th May of Councillor Brian Farmer

If by 27th May 2022) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish of Stoke Bliss an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 03/08/2022

Dated: 10th May 2022

Clerk to the Parish Council:

Carole Hirst

 

 

 

Returning Officer:

Andy Baldwin

The Council House

Avenue Road

Malvern

WR14 3AF

 

Malvern Hills District Council – February Roundup.

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Support for energy prices – the council tax rebate

Yesterday (3 February), the Government announced measures to help protect millions of households from rising energy costs.

This includes a £150 council tax energy rebate. Detailed guidance and funding allocations will be published in the week beginning 7 February.

The Government will provide funding for billing authorities to give all households in England whose primary residence is valued in council tax bands A – D a one-off council tax energy rebate payment of £150. This payment will operate outside of the council tax system, using council tax lists to identify eligible households. Read more about the council tax rebate.

Levelling Up White Paper

The Government has published its long-awaited Levelling Up White Paper.

This sets out the plan for reversing the UK’s geographic inequalities and improving the country by:

  • Unleashing the full potential of the private sector, boosting pay, productivity, innovation and economic growth
  • Improving public services, including giving everyone access to higher quality schools and training, improving people’s health, particularly in disadvantaged communities, and increasing the supply and standard of housing
  • Regenerating town centres and high streets, tackling crime and anti-social behaviour to make streets safer, and ensuring everyone has access to culture

The White Paper contains 12 national missions – all quantifiable and to be achieved by 2030 – which will be given status in law in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, including:

  • A new devolution framework which sets out a clear menu of options for places in England that wish to unlock the benefits of devolution. By 2030, every part of England that wishes to have a ‘London-style’ devolution deal will have one.
  • A transformation of the government’s approach to data and evaluation, with a new independent body created to improve transparency of local government performance.
  • A commitment to simplify the local growth funding landscape.
  • The intention to mobilise £16 billion of the Local Government Pension Scheme for investments in local projects.
  • The £2.6 billion UK Shared Prosperity Fund will be decentralised to local leaders as far as possible.
  • Councils will be given the power to require landlords of empty shops to fill them if they have been left vacant for too long.
  • 68 more councils to be supported by the High Streets Task Force.
  • All homes in the Private Rented Sector will have to meet a minimum standard – the Decent Homes Standard.
  • 55 Education Investment Areas (EIAs) will be designated where school outcomes are currently weakest and will benefit from intensive investment and support.

 

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, has written to all councils in the UK with details of the White Paper. See the attached document.

Youth investment fund

One of the announcements alongside the Levelling Up White Paper was the creation of a Youth Investment Fund.

Youth services across 45 Local Authorities, and around 600 district wards in the most deprived parts of England, will be eligible to apply for the £378 million Youth Investment Fund.

I am pleased to report that Pickersleigh is one of the ward areas chosen.

The first phase of funding is open for applications now and charities, voluntary sector organisations, schools, uniformed groups and sports clubs providing activities in the Droitwich West area can apply.

Read the Youth Investment fund announcement.

Find out how to apply for money from the Youth Investment Fund.

Lower Pond Works

Work is set to start next week on cleaning out and enhancing the lower pond in Priory Park.

As part of preparations this week, the surrounding trees are being pruned and draining of the pond started. Specialists will remove the fish safely.

To assist with the works, the Council House car park on Avenue Road will be closed on Monday to Thursdays between 7 February and 29 April.

The footpaths by the lower pond in the park will also be closed between 7 February and 29 April. Visitors are being asked to follow the signs.

The works follow recent desilting and repair of the upper pond, which has reinstated water flow into the lower pond however, more significant works are required to the lower pond to improve water quality and biodiversity.

Desilting will enable the pond to start capturing carbon again and provide the right environment for plants to grow.

In addition to desilting, the project also includes:

  • Specialist fish removal prior to draining.
  • Installation of gabion baskets to create planting shelves.
  • Wetland planting to create habitat for aquatic invertebrates and insects.
  • Tree works to reduce overshading and leaf litter accumulation.
  • Installation of wildlife features including kingfisher perch and habitat log piles.
  • Non-native shrub thinning or removal and re-planting with native.
  • Shrubs and woodland bulb planting.

Works on the lower pond will run until April 2022.

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/priorypark to keep up to date with the improvements to Priory Park.

Youth Chair Fund

Young people can now apply for up to £500 to fund projects that will benefit communities within the Malvern Hills district.

Our Youth Chair Fund will fund upcoming projects designed by the district’s young people aged between 11 to 17, the deadline to apply is 4 March 2022.

The fund will help support a wide range of ventures such as short-term projects, celebrations, trips, and equipment.

Local projects that have already gained from the fund include Tenbury High Ormiston Academy’s Time to Talk cabin, which provides a safe space for students to talk about and seek support with their mental health and wellbeing.

Perfect Circle Youth Theatre group also created a short film based on their ideas and projects, teaching them how to film and edit, and Upton Young Farmers received funding to support a new member’s day to encourage new people to join.

This is a great opportunity for young people, please pass on to your local community groups and mailing lists.

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/youth for more information.

Malvern Hills businesses could benefit from £2,000 upskilling grants

Local businesses could receive up to £2,000 towards the cost of taking on a new apprentice or trainee thanks to a new Upskilling Grant.

Malvern Hills District Council has introduced the grant as part of the Upskilling Project, which is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

The £283,000 project involves a range of activities designed to boost skills, help businesses grow and support people into work.

Businesses in any sector can apply for up to two upskilling grants, as long as the trainees started after 1 April 2021 and before 31 March 2022.

To qualify, businesses need to be based in the Malvern Hills district postcode area and employ fewer than 250 people.

They must pay at least the minimum wage to the trainee for a post of at least 20 hours a week, including training, over a minimum of three months. They must also provide for the trainee to gain a recognised qualification.

Grants are paid on a first come first served basis and will only last for as long as the funding does. Businesses are urged to apply early, so they don’t miss out.

Grants are paid after the apprentice or trainee has completed three months of their course.

Businesses can find out more about the grant, and how to apply, by visiting www.malvernhills.gov.uk/skills

Malvern Hills offers £500 incentive to new apprentices and trainees

Payments of £500 are on offer to anyone starting an apprenticeship or training course as part of a new incentive scheme.

The ‘golden hello’ has been introduced by Malvern Hills District Council to encourage the take up of apprenticeships and trainee programmes, which help many people take their first steps in the world of work or embark on new careers.

This incentive forms part of the Malvern Hills and Wychavon Upskilling Project, which has been given £283,000 from the UK Government’s UK Community Renewal Fund.

New apprentices or trainees of any age are eligible to receive the one-off £500 payment if they meet the criteria.

To qualify, they must live or work in the Malvern Hills area, earn less than £15,000 a year, complete the first three months of their courses and claim the payment themselves.

Support payments of up to £1,000 are also available to help apprentices and trainees cover the cost of travel, equipment, clothing and other associated expenses.

Applications for this scheme must be made by 31 March 2022. Other funding schemes to help with training costs will still be available after this date.

People can apply for the payment, and find more details, including full terms and conditions, online at www.malvernhills.gov.uk/skills

 

Worcestershire Household Support Fund

Worcestershire Household Support Fund

Following a recent government announcement, a new Household Support Fund has been made available to those most in need this winter and through until the end of March 2022.

£3.9million has been allocated to support people in need in Worcestershire and will help support those who may struggle with their bills this winter.

Up to 50% of the funding must be ringfenced to support families with children under 19.

In Worcestershire, support provided countywide is:

  • Food vouchers for those in receipt of free school meals which will be managed through the schools.
  • Support with energy bills and essentials linked to energy will be provided through Act on Energy for those residents meeting certain criteria. The online application form for support is now live on the website WORCESTERSHIRE HOUSEHOLD SUPPORT FUND – Act On Energy

In addition, local district councils have also set up a range of provision to provide support to vulnerable residents.

There is a dedicated webpage which summarises the support available Household Support Fund | Worcestershire Winters Well | Worcestershire County Council.

Below are the relevant contact details to signpost to about the support available in the districts.

District Organisation Contact
Bromsgrove Citizens Advice Redditch and Bromsgrove https://www.cabr.org.uk/; 01527 881288;
0808 278 7890
Redditch Citizens Advice Redditch and Bromsgrove https://www.cabr.org.uk/; 01527 64252;
0808 278 7890
Malvern Citizens Advice South Worcestershire citizensadvicesw.org.uk; 0808 278 7891;

01684 563611

Worcester City Worcester City Council Coronavirus – Worcester City Council

01905 722233

Wyre Forest Wyre Forest District Council Household support fund | Wyre Forest District Council (wyreforestdc.gov.uk)

01562 732928

Wychavon Worcestershire County Council – Here2Help Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – Wychavon District Council

Here2Help Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Worcestershire County Council

01905 768053 then press option 3.

 

MHDC News Round-Up January 22

Have your say on a new political map for Malvern Hills District Council

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Malvern Hills District Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10-week week consultation on the proposals will run until 21 March 2022.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Malvern Hills to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

It is proposed there should be 31 councillors, with 13 single-councillor wards, six two-councillor wards, and two three-councillor wards.

Proposed changes include:

  • Significantly altered wards for Malvern to unite key centres within the town
  • New wards in the north east of the district based on responses from parishes and councillors

How can I comment on the proposals?

To have your say all you need to do is tell the Local Government Boundary Commission what you think of the proposals and your reasons why. You are also welcome to put forward alternative proposals.

Have your say on the new Boundary Review proposals.

You can also:

Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament on COVID-19 and the Omicron variant

On Wednesday 19 January The Prime Minister gave a statement to Parliament on the progress against the Omicron variant and the review of the Plan B measures.

In his statement, he said the latest Office for National Statistics data show clearly that infection levels are falling in England and that scientists believe it is likely that the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally.

He added that hospital admissions have now stabilised, with admissions in London even falling, and that numbers in intensive care are also falling.

As a result, the Prime Minister announced that the country can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B regulations to expire. From 27 January, mandatory certification will end although organisations can choose to use the NHS Covid Pass voluntarily.

He also confirmed that the government is no longer asking people to work from home and that once regulations lapse, the government will no longer mandate the wearing of face masks anywhere.

He added that from 20 January, the government will no longer require face masks in classrooms, and that the Department for Education will shortly remove national guidance on their use in communal areas from 27 January.

He also announced that the government will also ease further restrictions on visits to care homes and will set out plans in the coming days.

He concluded by explaining that the self-isolation regulations will expire on 24 March and that he would not expect to renew them and could even bring that date forwards if the data allowed it. In advance of that, the government will set out their long-term strategy for living with COVID-19. Visit the Gov website to read the full statement.

Using your NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad and at venues in England

On Tuesday 18 January, the Department of Health and Social Care updated the guidance on how to use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate COVID-19 status when travelling abroad and domestically at venues and settings in England.

The update includes a video about the NHS COVID Pass letter for domestic use in British Sign Language (BSL). Visit the Gov website for guidance.

Omicron business support funding

The Government has announced new funding to support businesses affected by the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

This support includes:

  • One-off grants of up to £6,000 for qualifying businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors.
  • New Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding for other businesses impacted by Omicron – such as those who supply the hospitality and leisure sectors. It will be up to our discretion to allocate this funding to businesses most in need but as with previous ARG funding allocations, it is unlikely to be enough to support all businesses affected.

We have yet to receive detailed guidance from the Government about how these two support funds are to be administered or what our allocation of the money available will be.

Once we have this information, it is likely there will have to be an application process. We hope to be able to make a further announcement about this early in January. We will keep this page updated or sign up for our business e-newsletter.

Businesses could win £1,000 by taking part in skills survey

Businesses are being encouraged to take part in a survey to find out what their skills and training needs are.

The survey is being run by Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils with telemarketing agency, Team Telemarketing, and will end on 31 January 2022.

They will be contacted via phone call to take part in the survey but it can also be done online. All entrants will be entered into a prize draw to win a £1,000 cash prize.

The results will help guide the councils in providing targeted support to businesses including future subsidised courses to meet their needs, help with recruitment and to fill the skills gap.

The survey is being run as part of the Malvern Hills and Wychavon Upskilling Project which has received funding of £283,050 from the UK Government Renewal Fund.

Read more about the survey and how to take part.

Commonwealth Games baton-bearers

The excitement is building for this year’s Commonwealth Games, taking place in Birmingham from 28 July to 8 August, and bringing an economic boost to the whole of the West Midlands.

The anticipation has stepped up a gear this week with the opening of nominations for baton-bearers for the Queen’s Baton Relay in England.

The 294-day relay is already under way, with the baton – containing a message to the Commonwealth from Her Majesty The Queen – set to visit every corner of the Commonwealth.

The relay arrives in England in early July and thousands of people will then carry the baton around the UK during the final 25-day leg before the games begin in Birmingham.

This is your chance to nominate someone who you’d like to see carry the baton as part of the relay. The Birmingham 2022 organisers are looking for individuals who:

  • are always willing to take on a challenge and has a unique and inspiring story;
  • has made a meaningful contribution to sport, education, the arts, culture, or charity;
  • is a figure of inspiration who positively challenges others to achieve their best;
  • has taken on a challenge or cause and made a positive impact within their community.

You can make a nomination here. The deadline is 14 February 2022.

Keep Britain Tidy award

Our Community and Environmental Protection Team have been shortlisted for one of Keep Britain Tidy’s national awards.

The award is within the Community Engagement category for efforts on environmental improvements for local residents.

Improvements by our team include Adopt-a-Street Scheme, Community Litterpicks, Green Dog Walkers Project, Schools Eco Sessions and more.

The Keep Britain Tidy Awards will be presented at the charity’s annual Network Conference at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole hotel on Thursday 10 February 2022.

The awards recognise and celebrate local authorities that are committed to making significant improvements to the environment on people’s doorsteps, from community engagement work to waste enforcement work.

There are ten award categories altogether, each with three shortlisted contenders, we are in the running alongside The City of Westminster and Manchester City Council. We will keep you posted on the results.

Valentine’s Breaks

The Malverns is being promoted as a Valentine’s Break destination with a dedicated Valentine’s Breaks blog story via Visit The Malverns social media channels.

Other promotions include romantic walks, romantic meals, and jewellers. Various media enquiries have also been responded to which will hopefully generate some national newspaper coverage. The campaign also promotes ‘Fall in love with our Town Centres’ as part of town centre recovery to encourage footfall. Read more on the Valentine’s webpage on the Visit the Malverns website.

Upton upon Severn Easter Trail

Plans are beginning to take shape for Upton Tourist Information Centre as they prepare to host a new town centre trail after the success of the Pumpkin Trail in October.

The new Easter trail will encourage visitors to tour the shops whilst solving riddles to find the golden egg. More information coming soon.

Priory Park lower pond plans

The lower pond in Priory Park will be cleaned and enhanced for the first time in over 30 years.

The works, which will see the pond desilted and repaired, will form part of the council’s Five Year Plan to improve the play area and biodiversity enhancements in the popular Great Malvern park.

Following the recent desilting and repair of the upper pond in Priory Park, which has reinstated water flow into the lower pond further, more significant works are required to the lower pond to improve water quality and biodiversity.Desilting will enable the pond to start capturing carbon again and provide the right environment for plants to grow.

The project will take place early in 2022, to avoid key amphibian and bird breeding seasons and to ensure the least environmental impact to the wider park. Read more about this on the Priory Park webpage.