Low Carbon Winchester
Local issues with implications for climate change, including consultations and policies from Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council and other local organisations
WinACC works with and influences decision-makers in public bodies and politicians of all political parties in Winchester District.
In January 2016, in the wake of the Paris Climate Conference, Winchester City Council approved a set of Twelve Actions for a Lower Carbon Winchester which set out how it will use its influence to encourage further reduction of the District’s carbon footprint.
We are all looking for happiness and research shows that our sense of wellbeing and happiness is strongly linked to our feeling of being connected to people. Modern lifestyles do not lend themselves to getting to know your neighbours or colleagues well.
People who are upset about something are more likely to write to their MP than people who are content about it. The result is that MP's postbags don't reflect the real balance of views in the population.
"A great talk showing that new housing can be good for the environment and commercially successful!” said the Mayor.
As Christmas preparations reach frenzy pitch across the UK, shoppers and householders in the Winchester District are being encouraged to save money and protect the environment by making 2016 a lower carbon Christmas.
Over 500 adults voted in the Pollution Poll in the Cathedral close on 2 October 2016. Everyone could vote for two choices out of eight possible ways to make the air cleaner in Winchester town centre - or they could vote for "Keep things as they are - pollution isn't a worry for me".
97% of over 1000 votes were in favour of doing something.
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:
The BID's own data analysed by WinACC Transport Action Group provides no evidence to support the argument that the closure of Friarsgate car park led to fewer people in Winchester town centre. See report.
Winchester BID and Winchester City Council have recently been involved in discussions with Enterprise Rent-a-Car about improving traffic congestion across the city centre. They would like to explore the appetite for introducing a city car club for organisations in Winchester.
In January 2016, in the wake of the Paris Climate Conference, Winchester City Council issued a press release on local progress towards reducing carbon emissions, saying:
The outcome from the Conference was that almost 200 countries agreed that the world needs to keep global warming below 2˚C.
Links to 2015 commitments to Twelve Actions for a Lower Carbon Council; 2015 report Working Towards a Lower Carbon District; 2014 Route Map for a Low Carbon Economy; 2014 Community Strategy; and more ...
Hampshire County Council's carbon emission reduction program has saved over £2.7 million in energy costs and cut CO2 emissions by more than 30,000 tonnes over the past five years. A further £275,000 of carbon tax savings have been achieved in this year alone.
Winchester City Council is now consulting on the next stage of the Local Plan Part 2. This will allocate sites and development management policies for all of the district outside the South Downs National Park. Deadline 21 December