Community Strategy public meetings

Press Release: 07/04/2004

A series of public meetings is being held to give residents in the Winchester district an opportunity to learn about the draft Community Strategy that is currently undergoing consultation, and to discuss its main conclusions.

The meetings are being held on -

  • Thursday 15 April - War Memorial Hall, Hambledon Road, Denmead
  • Wednesday 21 April - Alresford Community Centre, 7 West Street, Alresford
  • Thursday 22 April - Jubilee Hall, Little Shore Lane, Bishops Waltham
  • Wednesday 28 April - King Charles Suite, Guildhall, Winchester

All meetings start at 7.00pm and should last no more than two hours.

The draft Community Strategy was published recently and Winchester City Council is carrying out consultation on behalf of "Winchester and District Working Together…" a partnership of organisations that is drawing together plans that will help shape and improve the district.

The strategy looks at different areas of life in the district, the challenges facing everyone and how they will be addressed by building on existing plans and strategies from not only the Council, but from all the partners.

Nine themes are identified where the partnership feels there is a need to work towards a sustainable future, encourage community engagement and value local distinctiveness - Housing; Health and Well-being; Freedom from Fear; Transport and Access; Economic Prosperity; A High Quality Environment; Lifelong Learning; Leisure and Recreation; and an Inclusive Society.

"In preparing this draft strategy we have already consulted with people in the district through our partners," said Cllr Sheila Campbell, Leader of the City Council and chair of the partnership steering committee. "But we want to make sure that we have reflected the points raised and that the community strategy does focus on the issues that are important to individuals."

There has been wide distribution of the draft strategy, and the strategy and a consultation questionnaire are available to read and return through the City Council's website www.winchester.gov.uk

The Partnership must receive comments by 31 May 2004 so that it can finalise the document and start to deliver the improvements it contains.

The consultation questionnaire should be returned to -

Winchester and District Working Together … c/o Jacky Adams, Chief Executive’s Department, Winchester City Council, FREEPOST (WH74), Winchester, SO23 9ZZ or by e-mail to cxoffice@winchester.gov.uk