Hello and welcome to the blog.

This is the first time a Chairman of Wychavon District Council has written a blog. The intention is to inform, educate and encourage the residents of Wychavon District and the public globally, to get in touch and comment on anything the Chairman or the council are doing, or intending to do, or are not doing.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, comments, complaints, criticisms or praise, please contact me through this blog and I will help, maybe not in the way you want, but I will get answers, that I promise.

The main role of the Chairman is to act as a non-political, civic and ceremonial head of the District of Wychavon.

The role of the Chairman also includes:

• Chairing meetings of the Council
• Acting as official host to visitors of the District
• To represent the District at civic and ceremonial events
• To promote public involvement in the Council’s activities
The Chairman for 2009/10 is Councillor A L Dyke

The Chairman is the first citizen throughout the District and takes precedence over all others, except if Royalty, the Lord Lieutenant or the High Sheriff is present.

Whenever a representative of the District Council is required to officiate at a public function, it is appropriate for the Chairman to be invited. In his/her absence, the Vice-Chairman of the Council can attend.

The Chairman of the District Council takes precedence over the Town Mayors and Parish Council Chairman.

If the event is organised by or on behalf of the District Council, or is hosted by them, the Chairman takes precedence over all other guests.

The Local Government Act 1972 provides that the Chairman ‘shall have precedence in the District’. Accordingly the place to be reserved for the Chairman should be on the immediate right of the Chairman or person presiding at the function. The Chairman and consort should be met on arrival by the Chairman or person presiding at the function.

It is of considerable help to the Chairman if the function questionnaire we send out can be sent back to our offices at the earliest convenient date.

If you require any additional information, or if any group or organisation would like the Chairman to attend their event, please contact the Chairman’s Office by post, telephone, fax or email

• Contact: Support Services, Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, WR10 1PT
• Telephone: 01386 565201 / 565420
• Email: karen.peters@wychavon.gov.  or amanda.ladds@wychavon.gov.uk
uk• Fax: 01386 561091


4 Responses to “Hello and welcome to the blog.”

  1. mr neil marchant Says:

    dear mr Dyke, I am writing to you hoping to bring to your attention that there’s a severe housing shortage in and around wychavon.. as ive been homeless now for 6/7 months now sleeping on friends sofa’s… i would like to know what you and your team of collegues intend to do about it.. when was the last council property built? i wonder… has the population suddenly decreased? why is there such a lack of help and housing for people in the same situation as me.. please can you help me out, my life is in limbo until i can start sorting out the fundamentals.. my regards neil marchant

    • Andrew Dyke Says:

      Hello Mr Marchant,

      Thank you for your comment. Please email me at andrew.dyke@wychavon.gov.uk with your address details, phone number, etc and any more information about your circumstances. If you have had any contact with any of our officers here, their names would be helpful. I will then see what can be done. Regards Andrew

  2. michele poole Says:

    I understand you are one the ‘stakeholders ‘ in the ‘upgrade of Evesham High st. with worcestershire County council.
    I am appalled you have allowed the plans to incorporate such widespread felling of mature trees. It may be true that there was ‘consultation’ but I dont think anyone was aware of the impact of the loss of these trees. Several are earmarked for felling by the Post office and Yates Lodge and I can see no good reason why. The road is wide there and you should be working with the environment to improve it, not destroy it. Evesham these days is a mess and the excuse of encouraging ‘economic viability is a hollow one. Look at Abbey Gates, a dying white elephant. Didnt we hear the same sort of reasons to gut the old town hall?The pedestrinisation of Port st? Judging by the numbers of charity shops coming and going , I cant see much regeneration there either. so why make Evesham more ugly than it is? Ill bet the councillors all live in leafy suburbs!
    It is 2010 not 1960, when the bad old days of town planning laid a swath of destruction throughout the UK, demolishing buildings,railways and trees willy nilly.
    The small bits of replanting will not compensate for the loss of large mature trees and I can bet the species will be small decorative ones. You allowed the demolishment of an old school for a carpark that is empty every day.
    Dont you realise that it the ambience is ugly , people will not come into town for ‘an ‘experiance’. You probably all live in Pershore!
    Stop the felling now and go back to the drawing board. Theres still time! yrs etc M Poole

    • Andrew Dyke Says:

      Dear Ms Poole,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. You will receive my reply privately, via email.



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