Best Foot Forward for Winchester High Street Improvements

Plans to repair Winchester High Street and enhance the City’s historic environment for many years to come are striding forward thanks to a partnership between Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.

Working together, the two councils have now selected Mildren Construction to help develop the scheme, keep the High Street open for business during the phased works, and minimise any disruption to pedestrians, shops and businesses while ensuring best value with the design for the improvement of the High Street between Jewry Street and Middle Brook Street.

A number of advance surveys have also now been completed to establish the location and condition of underground pipes, cabling and drainage, for services such as gas, electricity and water.

The proposed maintenance and improvement works will involve re-surfacing with natural stone materials in keeping with the city’s historic heritage and replacing the existing street furniture such as benches, sign posts, litterbins and cycle stands. The works are due to start in September and are expected to be completed towards the end of 2010 with a seven week break for city centre Christmas shopping.

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber, said: "Working with the City Council, we are looking forward to improving the quality, condition and safe access in the High Street to help ensure that Winchester remains an attractive centre for residents, visitors, shops and businesses.

"We recognise the benefit of replacing the existing city centre paving, and view it as an important part of developing Winchester to help meet the needs of the community and provide a fitting environment in this historic city."

Councillor George Beckett, Leader of Winchester City Council added: "I am delighted that close working between the two authorities is leading to a plan to deal with both the short term repairs and a long term scheme suitable for our historic High Street. We are keen to do all we can to support businesses and improving the High Street will be a real benefit for residents and visitors alike."

A special website has been set up to keep people up to date with the plans. To find out the latest go to