Please find attached details of our revised Christmas collection dates and note that collections due Tuesday 25th are brought forward to Saturday 22nd December.

Views are being sought to help shape the future growth of South Worcestershire into the middle of this century.

A public consultation was launched on Monday, 5 November on the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP). This will help Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District Councils decide how to best accommodate housing and employment growth in the area to 2041.

This includes the building of another 14,000 new homes to meet demand as well as 169 hectares of employment land to support companies to grow and create new jobs.

The current SWDP was approved by the three South Worcestershire Councils in 2016 and set out proposals to deliver 28,400 new homes and 300 hectares of employment land by 2030.

However, the Government now requires all councils to review their local plans every five years to ensure they are keeping up with the latest housing requirements. Failure to do so could mean councils losing control over where development takes place.

Since December 2017 planners have been collecting and analysing technical evidence which has been used to inform the review so far. Using the Government’s standard methodology it has been calculated an additional 14,000 new homes will be needed by 2041.

This is due to factors such as population increases, more people living in smaller households and affordability. Despite more than 16,500 new homes being built since 2006, many people still struggle to access affordable and market housing. The average house price in South Worcestershire is now £260,000 and the average rental for a one bedroom flat as high as £530 a month.

Planners have also been looking at whether the current SWDP development strategy – which focuses most development at Worcester, Droitwich, Evesham and Malvern – could deliver the new requirement or other options such as a brand new settlement or settlements should feature.

Other issues being looked at include whether or not:

  • Planning rules should be relaxed in town centres to support the viability and vitality of high streets
  • The Green Belt should be used to accommodate some new development
  • New employment land should be provided near new housing or strategic transport sites like railway stations and motorway junctions
  • Electric car charging points should be required in new developments
  • Developers should have to provide plots to allow people to build their own homes

This work has now been set out in an Issues and Options document and the public and all interested parties are being invited to have their say.

A series of roadshows are being held to provide people with more information and gather views. They take place on:

Saturday 10 Nov Crown Gate, Friary Walk, Worcester 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 13 Nov Pump Rooms, Tenbury Wells 2pm to 8pm

Thursday 15 Nov Parish Centre, Droitwich 2pm to 8pm

Tuesday 20 Nov Memorial Hall, Upton upon Severn 2pm to 8pm

Wednesday 21 Nov Town Hall, Pershore 2pm to 8pm

Monday 26 Nov Lyttleton Rooms, Malvern 2pm to 8pm

Thursday 29 Nov Town Hall, Evesham 2pm to 8pm

People can also take part in the consultation online at

The deadline for responses is 5pm on Monday 17 December.

Comments on the Issues and Options will be assessed and will help inform the next stage of the plan making process which will include site specific development proposals which will be the subject of another round of public consultation likely to be in November next year.

A final report will be published for consultation and submitted to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate for public examination in 2020. It is hoped a revised SWDP will be approved and published in 2021.

Attached is the poster about the event for rural business and the farming community taking place on 22 November at 4 pm at the Three Counties Showground.


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Waste and recycling collection changes.

From Monday 15th October Wychavon District Council (WDC) will be making changes to waste and recycling collections.If you have not had a letter then please go to our online bin look-up service here where you can find out the details of the new collection arrangements or you can email  or call 01386 565018.

Our garden waste customers (brown bin) should note that these will now be collected on the same day as their recycling (green bin).


Why are we making these changes?

We have introduced these changes due to the increase in new housing across the district and increased travelling times for our collection vehicles to the energy from waste plant in Hartlebury. The changes will allow us to increase efficiency by eliminating unnecessary journeys.

Good news! Residents can now recycle more from the kerbside

The changes have allowed us to increase the number of items residents can recycle from the kerbside. People will be able to recycle household batteries, textiles and small electrical items by placing them out on the same day as their black bin collection.

The reason we are asking people to recycle these items on their black bin week is to avoid any potential confusion with items that are recycled via their green bin. Batteries, textiles and electrical items require a separate recycling process to paper, glass, plastic etc and if they were to accidentally are put in the green bin they could cause difficulties at the recycling facility at Norton and pose a fire hazard.

To recycle these items via the kerbside collection people must:

·         Ensure batteries are placed in a small clear tied bag (eg a sandwich bag although they could also use a clear used bread bag) and put on top of their bin or out with their sacks if on a sack collection. They must be in a bag so they don’t cause a trip hazard and don`t fall through the cage on the collection vehicle.

·         Textiles must be placed in a carrier bag and put out with sacks or the side of the black bin. They must be stored in a bag to prevent them from getting dirty or wet which would make them unsuitable for recycling. Stuffed items such as pillows, duvets and quilts cannot be accepted through this scheme. We would encourage people to donate any good quality clothing or textiles to charity shops. Residents can use this handy charity shop locator to find their nearest one.

·         Small electrical items (toaster, hairdryer, curling tongs, kettles etc) can be placed on top of the black bin or out with sacks.

For more detailed information about the changes click here.



Royal Mail wishes to raise awareness of scam mail in the community.

What is it? –  Scam mail is illegal mail, not normal advertising mail that targets the most vulnerable in society.

What to look out for: Scam mail is sent for the sole intention of obtaining money through deception and/or fraud. Royal Mail wants to know about potentially fraudulent mail. They can then work with relevant authorities who can investigate and take action.

Royal Mail hope to reduce the impact of scam mail on its customers by the introduction of a new industry-wide code of practice; a new clause in their bulk mail contracts; and by working with other postal operators in the UK and around the world to share intelligence and take steps to prevent it entering the UK.

You can contact Royal Mail if you are concerned that someone you know is receiving scam mail by:

  • Writing to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL enclosing any items that are suspected of being scam mail;
  • Call the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 466;
  • Email:


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