World Car Free Day

Worcester is officially marking World Car Free Day on 22 September by closing Lowesmoor to cars from midday to 3.00pm to hold a special event.

Instead a giant astro turf play area will take over the road and staff from Freedom Leisure will run free multi sports and tennis sessions.

The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust will also be on hand to offer free play sessions and a chance to ‘pimp your bike’ using scrap resources from the Worcestershire Resource Exchange.

Woo Bikes, a city-wide electric bike share scheme, will also be at the event, giving members of the public the chance to try out the bikes.  The scheme was initially piloted with staff and students at the University of Worcester and is now being offered to other employers in the City.

Let's Waste Less volunteers will be present to offer advice on reducing food waste, recycling, composting, Repair Cafes and cloth nappy schemes.

Cllr Joy Squires, Chair of Worcester City Council’s Environment Committee says:

“We are holding this event to raise awareness of the dangers of toxic air and to encourage everyone living, working or visiting Worcester to look at ways they might cut down on car travel.

“As our prosperous city expands, we are determined to ensure that this does not have a detrimental impact on residents or the environment.”

If you would like to volunteer at the event please contact Michelle.Newell@worcester.gov.uk

Free guides to walking and cycling routes in Worcester can be downloaded at:  http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/downloads/download/1157/walking_and_cycling_guides


Ask for Angela

Do you and your staff know of the Ask for Angela campaign?

It is the idea that customers can 'Ask for Angela' as a discreet codeword for when they feel unsafe or threatened.

The staff member will then take appropriate action to ensure the customers safety. For instance, these actions could be escorting the customer safely out of the premises or calling a taxi.

While Freshers week the students making their return is fantastic for the city, there is a higher risk of someone becoming vulnerable in your venue. Whether you’re a nightclub, bar, retailer, hotel or an office, you never know when someone might need your help!

Please inform all staff members of this campaign, and feel free to request a poster to put in your venue to help spread the word and inform your customers they have your support. 

If you have any queries or would like further information and guidance, please don't hesitate to get in contact.

Download the poster

Download the guidance


The Kiln: New Co-working Space in Worcester City

The Kiln, a collaborative community to help entrepreneurs and lone workers, is a friendly and imaginative space to work and provides hot-desking for over 60 people. It has undergone extensive building and renovation work, creating a modern, fresh and practical space for professionals to use as their base, share ideas and network with like-minded people.

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Wednesday Rubbish Walks

Worcester BID and the Duckworth Trust bring you a weekly chance to help keep your city centre and riverside walks clean and free of litter. Duckworth Worcestershire Trust will be at South Quay gardens with a free loan of litter picking equipment from 12 noon every Wednesday throughout August. Adult and Kids equipment available for your own #rubbishwalk.
Bring your bag of rubbish back to the stand at South Quay and we will weigh it to add to the grand total at the end of the summer.


The Shambles: Update

The Shambles, Worcester Public Realm Scheme
Progress and programme update Friday 12th July 2019

As programmed, the main section of footway works on The Shambles was completed at the end June. The team have since made an excellent start to renewing the paving in Church Street.
During the first two weeks of July, the large section of paving from the High Street to St Swithin’s Church has been significantly completed. This has involved removing the existing block paving and laying the new natural stone paving slabs. A new drainage channel has been formed using natural stone setts to collect and divert rainwater runoff into the existing drainage system.

Over the coming weeks, we will continue to renew the paving in Church Street. As we enter the narrow section past St Swithin’s Church, our working hours will alter to evenings and Church Street will be closed
completely to all pedestrian traffic. This will allow us to maintain public safety whilst minimising potential disruption during the works.
Pedestrian Marshalls will continue to be on site to assist pedestrians through the works area and with pedestrian access to frontages potentially affected by our works.

Terry Godwin our Public Liaison Offer as well as the senior site staff will continue to update everyone on progress and assist in answering any questions that may arise regarding our works.