Until 11th of December we can influence consultation of the City of Winchester Movement Strategy

11 November 2017

Winchester Movement Strategy - consultation EXTENDED until 11/12/17

Until 11th of December we can influence consultation of the City of Winchester Movement Strategy.
Hampshire CC and Winchester CC are working on an overall strategy for moving in and around Winchester town and the immediately surrounding area.
People who live in, work in, or visit Winchester are asked to give their views by 11th of December.
The Councils say: ”The time is right to review progress and set a new overall direction for movement in Winchester”. They are aiming for an agreed vision and long term goals for the next 20 to 30 years, to provide a framework for detailed proposals.
The Councils suggest 3 aims below, and invite people to suggest more or different priorities:
- supporting growth and economic vibrancy
- improving air quality
- achieving the right balance between different types of traffic
They emphasise: “At this early stage in the process no firm decisions have been made. Please consider our suggested priorities, and also make suggestions of your own. We want to make sure that everyone who moves in and around Winchester has the chance to put their ideas forward.”
We suggest to consider following principles:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use less energy, and replace fossil fuel with renewable power
- Improve health – including air quality & quality of life
- Improve quality of open spaces and the “public realm”
- Encourage low carbon living - streets should be for people to interact
- Maximise efficient access and reduce congestion (e.g. reduce 1-way system to single lane traffic to create more space for cyclists and pedestrians, only disabled parking facilities within city walls)
- Prioritise in this order: Walking --> Cycling --> Public transport --> Pollution free vehicles (e.g. E-cars powered by renewable energy) 
- Althought economic growth is controversial (depending on who benefits from it), suggested changes will lead to a stronger economy - the most vibrant city centres are those that reduce car use
You might want to check out WinACC's page (www.winacc.org.uk) if you prefer to get more guidance. You can copy and paste from WinACC's response if you like (watch out - the tick boxes seem to change).
Here is the link to the consultation.
You can download the info pack about the Movement Strategy here.