Winchester City Councillor – Monthly Report

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Winchester Bus Station
The Winchester bus station should be reopened in its new format in early September. The bus station mobile data will be updated so that passengers know where to catch their bus, plus there will posters in the bus station to clearly inform passengers of their new pick-up/drop-off points. And contactless payment will be increasingly available for passengers!

Don’t forget : Virgin Media Business
‘Vooms’ Into Winchester
The Virgin Media Business of 2017 ‘VOOM’ competition (to find the best new business ideas across the UK) comes, along with the ‘Voom Bus’, to Winchester on Thursday 19 October 2017. Virgin Media Business is looking for local people with the courage to pitch their business idea at each tour stop, giving them the chance to win a regional prize of £5,000. For more details on the tour and for anyone with a great business idea, who wants to register to pitch at their local event, they should visit www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/voom

Sun Lane Outline Planning
The outline application submitted to WCC is expected to be heard in August or September 2017. The majority of concerns relate to the traffic implications around the application – these are subject to Hampshire County Council, as the Highways Authority, for evaluation and comment as to their appropriateness or measures required to address any problems.

Winchester Sport & Leisure Park
A third phase of engagement is due in the autumn which will show emerging designs/layout of the building at Bar End. It is expected WCC will be asked to approve the business case in late Autumn and, should that be confirmed, a planning application will be submitted in Spring 2018. It is anticipated that building of the new facility will commence later in 2018. The new facility at Bar End will be much easier for Alresford & Itchen Valley residents to access and we would therefore encourage you to look at proposals in the coming months to comment.

Sports Facilities in Winchester District
A district-wide assessment has been conducted on the built sports facilities available within the district to residents. This is to assess whether we meet the requirement for the current and expected population growth over the next 20 years. From this, we will be able to gain input on where and what we need to build for the future. Sports and activity clubs across the district have been contacted to input their current and anticipated growth areas.

Council invests £1m on Disabled Adaptations
As part of the Government’s Better Care programme, the City Council is now investing over £1m every year on installing disabled adaptations such as level access showers, stair lifts and ramps, as well as extending properties to help disabled and vulnerable residents to be able to continue to live independently and remain in their own home, avoiding the disruption and expense of being place in care homes and preventing extended hospital stays. The Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is a means tested grant helping people, including those living in the private sector, with the cost of adapting their homes, enabling them to continue living there. This is a mandatory grant for works that have been recommended as essential and necessary by an Occupational Therapist.

91% of tenants happy with Council
Customer satisfaction with Winchester City Council has increased, with 91% of tenants surveyed saying they are happy with the service they receive (compared to 89% when the survey was completed 2 years ago). Satisfaction levels around housing repairs, opportunities to get involved and neighbourhoods in general has also increased, compared to the last survey in 2015. (The City Council complete a comprehensive survey of over 30% of its tenants every two years in line with the national STAR standard to allow comparisons with other social landlords.)

Enterprising new business support service for Winchester businesses
Winchester City Council is working with Enterprise First to introduce a business support service for businesses located in the Winchester District. The free service offers help with writing business plans, securing funding or advice regarding expansion and a programme of events. Funded by Winchester City Council, the service is intended to help remove barriers to starting and developing a business in the District.

Business people keen to meet with like-minded local business owners can meet between 9am and 11am at Café Winchester in St Thomas Street on the third Thursday of every month. You can book for the networking here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/win-cafe-winchester-tickets-35812936457. Free training courses will be: How to Make Social Media Work for your Business on Friday 8 September; Start Your Own Business on Friday 15 September and Bookkeeping on Friday 29 September. Future training and networking opportunities will be posted at www.enterprisefirst.co.uk
Appointments for one to one business advice can be made by contacting Enterprise First on: 01252 319 272 or
emailing info@enterprisefirst.co.uk.

You can contact your City Councillors as follows
Cllr Kim Gottlieb – kgottlieb@winchester.gov.uk
Tel : 07795 494919

Cllr Lisa Griffiths – lgriffiths@winchester.gov.uk
Tel : 01962 738646 or 07545 375632

Cllr Ernie Jeffs – ejeffs@winchester.gov.uk
Tel : 01962 734629 or 07887 536966

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