Wyre Forest District Council Services

How our share of your Council Tax is spent

The money that comes to us helps pay for all these services and more:

  • Cleaning streets
  • Collecting your recycling and waste
  • Providing planning and building control services
  • Providing benefits and housing advice
  • Tackling homelessness
  • Supporting businesses and tourism
  • Combating environmental crime such as fly tipping
  • Giving grants for community projects
  • Driving forward the regeneration of the district
  • Shaping the long term development of the area
  • Maintaining car parks
  • Offering energy efficiency advice and grants
  • Managing award winning parks and nature reserves
  • Running elections

Our Corporate Plan sets out our priorities and strategic actions up until 2023.

Our market place - expertise you can trust

You can buy a range of extra services including garden waste and bulky waste collections from The Depot. Income from these is reinvested in services which benefit all who live in, work in and visit Wyre Forest.

We’ve frozen our garden waste collection prices this year ranging from £36 - £52 per year, plus £20 a one-off sign-up fee for new customers.

For other news of special offers on our commerical services, simply sign up to Our Market Place.

2020

This time last year, very few people would have imagined what 2020 had in store. The new year crashed in with two major storms creating flooding misery for residents in our district. In the immediate aftermath of the floods we offered practical support and swift financial help to residents whose homes were flooded and businesses whose premises were damaged by Storms Ciara and Dennis, through council tax and business rates relief and cash grants to those worst affected.

In March the true impact of the global pandemic began to emerge, leading to previously unimaginable restrictions on our lives and livelihoods.

Bin Thank You You came out to applaud the key workers, the health professionals working in our hospitals and care homes, our emergency services keeping us safe and our operational teams that kept going week after week, making sure bins were emptied, streets were swept and frontline services maintained.

We had to quickly adapt our ways of working so we could continue to support you through the pandemic and keep vital public services such as waste and recycling collections going, to get rough sleepers off the streets, to pass on grants quickly to businesses and save jobs and to offer guidance to traders so they could continue to operate safely and help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Cafe Visual SmallYet despite the floods and the pandemic there were some key highlights to celebrate in 2020. In September we confirmed the restoration of Kidderminster’s historic landmark Brinton Park would go ahead after we successfully secured a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of more than £2.4 million.

In November we successfully launched the new Wyre Forest Community Lottery which is already on course to raise more than £40,000 for local charities and organisations at a time when many were reeling from the loss of more traditional fund raising opportunities.

Crown House Site Indicative Design OnlyWe ended the year with our eyes firmly focused on the future celebrating a successful bid for £20.5 million from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund. The money will transform Kidderminster Town Centre for decades to come and will build on work we commissioned from a leading urban designer earlier in the year to create a new vision that will breathe new life into all of our town centres, create and protect jobs and boost our local economy.

The year ahead

With the mass roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme well under way we will continue to support our residents and businesses through these trying times.
There is no doubt that the pandemic has put extra demands on our services as well as drastically reduced our income so it is more important than ever that we look for new innovative ways of delivering services.

Our new and streamlined corporate plan focuses on creating a safe, clean and green living environment and supporting a successful local economy – the two priority areas you have told us are most important to you.

We will continue our work to protect our environment by promoting our green agenda, helping residents reduce waste and increase recycling and working with partners to address air quality issues and tackle climate change.

We will continue to look for new ways to make it easier for residents to access our services, for example via our new corporate website and our phone app My Wyre Forest.

We are working hard to make sure local elections in May are Covid 19 safe and residents can easily register for postal votes if they wish.

We are also looking forward to working more closely with town and parish councils, local organisations and our residents to develop services, such as supporting Bewdley Museum to become an independent charitable trust.

New Look Churchfields 2As well as delivering our day to day services we also expect our new Local Plan to be adopted during the year and we also have many exciting regeneration projects in the pipeline to develop Kidderminster town centre and support the visitor economy in Stourport and Bewdley.