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Winchester Council News

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Your council has set ambitious targets for itself and our district around reaching net zero carbon in the upcoming years. Part of this means making sure our own teams understand the subject and can identify best practice in terms of achieving carbon reduction when carrying their day-to-day activities.
It’s the second week of COP26, and yesterday we were delighted to be invited alongside a selection of other local authorities to share Winchester City Council’s successes following the roll out of our organisation-wide Carbon Literacy training programme. Winchester’s team joined speakers from Somerset, Manchester, West Sussex and Wales for a fascinating insight into ways local authorities can get real results when tackling the climate emergency.


Today’s the last day of COP26 and leaders across the globe are leaving Glasgow after two weeks of climate change discussions. But we want to know what you did for COP26, whether that’s a pledge you’ve made or an event you’ve hosted, tell us about it so we can share your story with others to encourage them to follow your example.

Please contact with your details and a short description of what it is you’ve done. 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON PROPOSAL We recently held a Public Briefing to inform local people of a proposal from Russell Group member, The University of Southampton, related to an extension of their existing Winchester School of Art campus on the site of the decommissioned River Park Leisure Centre.

Our Cabinet will consider a conditional sale of the River Park Leisure Centre site to the university on Tuesday 23 November. Did you know you can hear this meeting online? To find out more about how to get involved with our committee meetings click below...More Information


If you live in a market town or village or rural area, and often wish you could have your say about what really matters where you live, then come along to our Local Plan workshop on 16 November. The workshop is on Development in your community and you can sign up to one of the sessions below:Afternoon session - 3.30pmEvening session - 6pm  

LEARN ABOUT CROWDFUNDING...Do you run a local business?
Interested in finding out more about crowdfunding?

The Crowdfunder team will be running a 30 minute webinar on Thursday 18 November.
This will be an introductory session suitable for anyone who wants to learn about this method of fundraising, the potential uses for local projects in Winchester and the extra funding that's available through the council... SIgn up here!

PLAYING OUT Playing Out has announced a new free webinar series on Play Streets Impact to help children play more safely in your community... The first session will take place on Thursday 9 December 2-3pm, and will feature Kim Leadbeater MP, play street organiser Nicky Webb and the Playing Out organisation. Sign up here!
Start regular ‘playing out’ sessions on your street… click the link below for all you need to give children the freedom to play out in the streets where they live. Our Community teamis on-hand to support you.More Information


We want to support our residents and local businesses so you can stay connected with family and friends and work well from home… You can sign up to our free digital debate on Tuesday 23 November at 5pm to help shape the future of the digital economy.

The 90 minute session will debate four challenges for residents in the Winchester district, these include: infrastructure, access, opportunity, and future potential. 

Sign up here!

You may notice emergency works to trees are occurring in Orams Arbour and The Weirs over the next few days, to prevent any potential danger to the public. They have some major defects and bad weather damage.

Contractors will ensure no harm is caused to wildlife or landscape.


Garden waste subscription renewals for March 2022 have started. We’ve extended the existing 2021/22 service to run until the end of February 2022. If you're signing up for the first time, the service will run until the end of February 2023 and begin immediately. 

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CHRISTMAS...On Thursday 18 November our city's Christmas lights will be switched on by local heroes, find out all you need to know here. And on Friday 19 November the Cathedral's Christmas Market will make a  welcome return in the Inner Close.

There are seasonal events planned across our whole district – if you’d to help this important sector make a recovery from the difficult months of the pandemic, take a look at what is going on...More Information