Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Winchester City Council has removed the Abbotts Barton parks from its current council house building programme!

At last week's Cabinet meeting Council Leader Keith Wood made an announcement about an update to Winchester's council house programme. He detailed which local housing schemes will be going through and which won't be due to limited finances.
Over the next three years Winchester Council will not be building any new houses in Abbotts Barton! However  - when more resources will become available again -, Hillier Way and the two garage sites (also Westman Road in Weeke) are still supposed to be developed, probably within five years.

The main park in Abbotts Barton and Dyson Drive green which we were fighting for to be kept as they are (clear of houses) were not mentioned at all, so for now these should be safe. What a shift in focus by the Council!

Of course this is great news for the Abbotts Barton community and Winchester in general, and we are very happy that going forward we will be able to use our parks as we used to!

Many thanks to everybody who supported our campaign in so many different ways:
  • Preparing and handing in an application for a village green status for Dyson Drive green.
  • Writing petitions and spending hours going from house to house to get signatures.
  • Researching numbers, laws, and maps to help with the campaign.
  • Reading through Council meeting papers and reports to find information and report that back to the group.
  • Attending and speaking at Council meetings on behalf of the community.
  • Writing letters and emails to councillors and city officials.
  • Engaging in regular conversations with councillors about what is going on.
  • Engaging with the media in various ways to get our campaign out into the public.
  • Running a website and Twitter account to keep everybody informed.
We are also very grateful to have received so many messages of support via our petition website!

How to stay connected
We are planning to keep an eye on Council's development plans for Abbotts Barton. If you would like to stay up-to-date over the coming years, you have a several options to do so. Using these automated options saves you from having to come back to our website manually every so often to catch news:
Alternatively you can stay in touch with what is happening via the Abbotts Barton Community Group: