After two days of polling at the Winchester Cathedral Harvest weekend on 1 and 2 October, 2017, organised by the Diocesan Envirment Committee, we can now reveal the combined results of five days of pollution polls in one year (October 2016, November 2016, July 2017, Sep 2017, Oct 2017).

3,772 votes were cast across the five days by participants who each had two votes. The results reveal high levels of concern and are a good starting point for action. The size of the vote, and the consistency of the result, irrespective of event, where people came from or date, suggest this is a useful indicator of how people want the Council to tackle pollution. 

Voters would be most pleased if the forthcoming Movement Strategy recommended traffic reduction and greater pedestrianisation and made proposals to bring this  about. There is substantial support for greater parking differentials and electric vehicle charging points, and some support for workplace parking levies and congestion charging. Leaving things as they are would not seem to be an option. 

Over 50% of the votes were cast for the complementary measures of reducing traffic and increasing pedestrian areas. Less than 2% of the votes were for doing nothing.

Where people live and how they use Winchester does not appear to influence how they vote. All groups voted for traffic reduction and more pedestrianisation. People who work in Winchester were the group least happy about keeping things the same, and keenest on increasing the charge for residents’ permits.

There was considerable consistency of voting patterns on all five dates. The main difference was that on 2 July 2017 a greater proportion of votes was cast for more charging points. There was still support for increasing parking differentials in July 2017 and after, even though the council had just increased them a little.

The breakdown of where people came from showed a diverse mix of voters. The low level of people who work in the town centre reflected the fact that the polls were all done at week-ends, but the pattern of voting suggests that a week-day vote would have produced similar results and shown even less satisfaction with the way things are currently.

Short report with pie-charts and graphs of votes

Full data

At each event, people were also offered the chance to give their own suggestions. See their ideas from the latest polls on 1 and 2 October 2017.

More about poll at Hat Fair in July 2017

More about poll of High St shoppers in November 2016

More about poll at Harvest weekend in October 2016