Winchester High Street plans on show

Winchester businesses and residents will have the opportunity to find out more about plans to improve the High Street at a public exhibition on Friday 17 July.

The scheme is jointly funded by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council, and will involve re-paving and repairs to the city’s historic High Street, from the junction of Jewry Street to Middlebrook Street.

Councillor Ken Thornber, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: "The High Street currently has uneven paving in some areas, and this scheme will improve it from top to bottom for all who use it, using natural stone paving to enhance Winchester’s buildings and monuments. I hope people will be able to come along to the Guildhall where they will be able to see the plans and talk to the team.

"Over 15,000 people pass through the High Street every day and, once complete, I think the improvements will benefit Winchester’s businesses, residents and visitors for many years to come."

The project, which will be undertaken in phases, will begin this September and is due for completion in October 2010.

Councillor George Beckett, Leader of Winchester City Council, said: "We understand the importance of enhancing the current High Street whilst maintaining a ‘business as usual’ situation. This will be extended over the Christmas shopping season when there will be a seven week break. This is an exciting project and I hope it will ultimately have a very positive impact on our historic High Street for all those who use it".

The exhibition will be held in the Saxon Suite of the Winchester Guildhall and will be open to the public from 1pm – 5:30pm. Members of the project team and the contractor will be on hand to discuss the project and answer any questions. Following the exhibition, plans will be on display at public information points at Winchester City Council’s offices in Colebrook Street and Hampshire County Council’s Information Centre in Mottisfont Court at the top of the High Street.