Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council are working on an overall strategy for moving in and around Winchester town and the immediately surrounding area.

People who live in, work in, or visit Winchester were asked to give their views by noon on 11 December (extended from 8 December).

The Councils said: ”The time is right to review progress and set a new overall direction for movement in Winchester”. They are aiming for an agreed vision and long term goals for the next 20 to 30 years, to provide a framework for detailed proposals.

They emphasised: “At this early stage in the process no firm decisions have been made. Please consider our suggested priorities, and also make suggestions of your own. We want to make sure that everyone who moves in and around Winchester has the chance to put their ideas forward.”

See WinACC's response

It's important to send in lots of responses, so please do one yourself, too. Here is a briefing with suggestions of things you might want to say. WinACC Briefing.pdf

The priorities in the WinACC response are:

·         Improve health and longevity by promoting active transport (cycling, walking, trains, buses) and discouraging car access and car use
·         Reduce climate change emissions and reduce transport energy consumption by creating a modal shift from private cars to public transport, walking, and cycling
·         Free up public realm space and increase economic vibrancy by removing traffic and parking in central Winchester
·         Improve the city centre living and working environment (reduce pollution, noise, accident risk, clutter) by reducing traffic volumes and by extending pedestrianised areas and widening pavements

The Councils suggest the three aims below, and invite people to suggest more or different priorities:
  • supporting growth and economic vibrancy
  • improving air quality
  • achieving the right balance between different types of traffic

Five polls carried out by WinACC between October 2017 and October 2017 revealed consistent public support for restricting vehicle access and increasing pedestrian areas in the town centre to reduce air pollution. There is more information here.

Over one hundred cyclists attended a workshop in early November to discuss cycling issues, priorities and form action plans. A full report of the Taking Cycling Seriously workshop is available for download.

See Council documents: