New open meetings to give residents greater involvement in council work

A new innovative style of open meeting, designed to give residents and others the opportunity to become more involved with the work of the council, is to begin in September.

The first forums will focus on each of the current development projects, the Central Winchester Regeneration, Station Approach and Winchester Sport & Leisure Park.

Open Forums will allow for discussion between residents and councillors, as well as other interested parties, to promote a two-way dialogue about the developments.

Leader of Winchester City Council, Cllr Lucille Thompson, said:

“It is vital that we’re having an open conversation with our residents on the big projects we lead in our district. We are looking to do things differently and to start with we want to ensure people have a voice in these three very important developments in our city.

“This is just the start of a process of making our council more transparent and we will also be looking at other ways of improving resident engagement in democracy.”

 In September, three Open Forums will be held:

  • Winchester Sport & Leisure Park – Friday 13 September, 3.30pm, Walton Suite, Guildhall
  • Station Approach - Monday 16 September, 4.30pm, Walton Suite, Guildhall
  • Central Winchester – Tuesday 24 September, The Nutshell, Kings Walk, drop in information session at 3.30pm, and question and answer session at 5.30pm