Plans for repaving Winchester’s Square on show

Winchester businesses and residents will have the opportunity to find out more about plans to improve The Square at a public exhibition at Winchester’s Guildhall on Monday 13 December.

Following the completion of the Winchester High Street scheme, plans are being drawn up to improve The Square around Great Minster Street and towards Market Street to a similar standard. A significant part of the proposed scheme involves drainage improvements, and plans include new traffic arrangements, similar to those already in place at the lower end of the High Street. The scheme is jointly funded by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.

Councillor Ken Thornber, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “The Square is one of Winchester’s most distinctive areas. It has historical importance being right next to Winchester Cathedral, and is vibrant with bars, cafes and individual shops. In the summer it is one of the venues for the Hat Fair, and is clearly on Winchester’s tourist map between the City Museum, the Cathedral, Winchester College and the High Street.

“We, both Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council, have had lots of very positive comments about the improvements on the High Street, and I hope that Winchester’s residents and businesses will agree that work to improve The Square should be our next priority. Our aspiration is to create the same look and feel as the High Street, though we are mindful that a substantial difference between the two at the moment is that the High Street has very restricted traffic. This is one of the issues we will be asking people about at the public exhibition and very much welcome views on this from residents and local businesses.

Cllr Kelsie Learney, Leader of Winchester City Council said, "The Square is already a lively bridge between the High Street and the peaceful tranquillity of the Cathedral but it could be made more attractive and traffic problems reduced. We would like to see all parts of the community to get involved in developing proposals to provide the best possible solution for businesses, residents and visitors alike."

The exhibition will be held in the Wintonian Room of the Winchester Guildhall from 10 am – 7:00pm. Members of the project team will be on hand to discuss the scheme 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 Winchester High Street.