A new Vision for Winchester – consultation launch

Press Release: 17/04/2012

A new ‘Vision for Winchester 2012-2017’ has been drafted by the Winchester Town Forum and is formally made available for consultation today.

The purpose of the Vision is to set out the key themes which should guide all those making decisions about the future of the city. It addresses particular local issues and the need to respond to changes in the economy and society which have local impacts. It also recognises that like any town or city Winchester sometimes has to manage the effects of decisions that are made nationally.

The new document is an update of the Vision produced in 2006 rather than a completely new version. This reflects the fact that some of the themes and issues have not changed significantly in that period, whilst others, like the national economic climate have altered considerably.

A full copy of the draft ‘Vision for Winchester 2012-2017’ is available from the Council’s website. Hard copies will be sent to local organisations that will have a particular interest in the content, and it will be available to read at the Discovery Centre and the Council’s main reception in Colebrook Street.

Steve Tilbury, Corporate Director Operations said,

The updated Vision for Winchester reflects the new challenges that face the city over the next five years. The Town Forum has reviewed the effects these will have and how we might respond to them, and has also taken external advice before coming to its conclusions. We hope that local organisations and community groups will discuss the draft and let us know what they think. Comments are also welcome from individuals during the consultation period before the final designed version is launched in June.”

Comments on the draft ‘Vision for Winchester 2012-2017’ should be sent by letter or email to Colin Veal at the City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LJ or cveal@winchester.gov.uk by May 18 2012.

Full details are available on the Council’s website www.winchester.gov.uk