Thinking Ahead about Winchester town centre
Over 80 people ranging from Peter Symonds College and University of Winchester students to the Leader of the City Council spent a day in lively discussion about what makes Winchester special and what it should be like in the future.
Ideas and issues raised included:
- traffic congestion
- promoting the city by drawing more on its historic heritage, as well as protecting it
- Winchester needs to grow and change to meet changing needs
- how hard it is to find - or afford - somewhere to live
- how safe the city feels, even to young women
- the pleasure of a small town centre where you meet people without planning to
- the lack of large, open-plan office space
- the delights of unregarded heritage, from decorative brickwork to drainpipes
- a shortage of facilities for small children, especially in poor weather
- how the City Council can engage people as it draws up plans
- how to help more people understand how strategic planning works, and what's happening ....
- ... and much more.