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Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Of the meetings held on 14th May 2024 to be approved and signed.

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Mayor's Communications

To receive any communications the Mayor may wish to make.


Public Participation

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.



The Leader of the Council, or the Chair of any Committee or Sub-Committee, to take any questions that may be submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9.


Notice of Motion

To consider any Notices of Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8.


Worcestershire County Cricket Club


Given the recent unprecedented record volume of flooding at New Road, and the increasing regularity of flooding, the Board of Worcestershire County Cricket Club understands the very real issues regarding the sustainability of the Club.


This Council must explore every option, and lobby central government for funding to address this issue to ensure the long-term future of Worcestershire County Cricket Club. Council believes keeping WCCC at New Road is vital for the future of a successful city.


This Council resolves to:


a.   Note with grave concern the statement from the Board of Worcestershire County Cricket Club (WCCC) on 15th April 2024.

b.   Instruct the Managing Director to continue working with the board of WCCC and the Chief Executive of Worcestershire Council to ensure the vital long-term sustainability of WCCC in the City of Worcester.

c.   Instruct the Managing Director to write our newly elected MP after the General Election expressing this Council’s wishes for this matter to be raised in Parliament.

d.   Instruct the Managing Director to write to the Chief Executive of The Environment Agency asking for their support in exploring flood management options to alleviate flooding in the club and the surrounding areas.


Proposed By: Councillor Rudge


Powick Bridge


Council is concerned about the future of the historic Powick Bridge, which was the location of both the first and last battle of the English Civil War.  It's of significant national and local historical importance and its continued closure after a partial collapse is very disturbing. The collapsed part of the bridge in located in Malvern Hills District but it is right on the boundary with Worcester and this whole site is prized in Worcester as part of our cultural heritage.


Council requests the Managing Director to organise a coalition of partners, inviting the local councillors, Malvern Hills District Council, the County Council, The Environment Agency, local landowners, The Battle of Worcester Society, Historic England, local Members of Parliament and any other relevant body or individual, to come together to discuss the future of the bridge, to explore how it can be restored and how the area can become a visitor attraction for future generations. 


Council calls upon the Managing Director to explore ways in which the City Council can co-ordinate and support the restoration and to explore the future use of the site and to bring a report back to the Place and Economic Development Committee.


Proposed By: Councillors Udall, Smith, Barnes and Amos


Astro Turf

The European Union has enacted a ban on the sale of products that contain intentionally added microplastics, as well as those that release microplastics over time, including crumb rubber artificial turf infill. Leading scientists are advocating for similar regulations to be adopted worldwide. They stress the importance of such measures to address the growing problem of microplastic pollution.

According to the European Chemicals Agency, each year around 42 000 tonnes of microplastics end up  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.


Report from the Relevant Committee on Matters which are Referred to Council for Decision

To consider motions to adopt reports on matters which by law or in accordance with the Constitution are referred to Council.


Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 21st May 2024 - Astwood Crematorium - Replacement of Cremators pdf icon PDF 81 KB

That the Council agrees an adjustment to the Capital Programme of up to £5,500,000 (as set out at Appendix 2 to the Policy and Resources Committee report) to cover the full costs of electric cremator replacement, and necessary fees and surveys to progress the project to the end of RIBA Stage 3.

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Referral Report from Licensing and Environmental Health Committee 22nd May 2024 - Licensing Act 2003 - Review of Statement of Licensing Policy pdf icon PDF 81 KB

That the Council approves the revised Statement of Licensing Policy 2024–2029.

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Terms of Reference for Review of the Council's Governance Arrangements pdf icon PDF 105 KB

That the Council agrees to the terms of reference for the Governance Review, set out in Appendix 1.


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Productivity Plan pdf icon PDF 117 KB

That the Council approves the Productivity Plan for submission to DLUHC.

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Report of Member Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To receive the report of the Member Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.


Appointment of Member Champions pdf icon PDF 114 KB

That the Council agrees the appointment of Member Champions for:


        Armed Forces


        Children and Young People

        Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

        Personal Safety and Civility.


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Report from the Leader of the Council on Any Matters Which They Are of the Opinion Require Urgent Consideration by the Council

To receive a report, if necessary.


Any Exempt Issues

To consider any exempt matters which might arise.