Labour’s Five Pledges for a better Winchester

Labour’s Five Pledges for a better Winchester

OPEN AND HONEST LOCAL DEMOCRACY

  • We will introduce well organised, transparent public consultations involving everyone, including children and young people who will help make decisions that affect their lives now and in the future.
  • We commit to acting on the outcomes of every consultation.

SAFE & SECURE HOMES FOR ALL

  • We will reduce homelessness by increasing the building of more Council homes with affordable rents using Council land, brownfield sites and car parks.
  • We will introduce a better value private renters’ charter giving protection, stronger rights, regulation and energy efficient homes.

A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR PLANET, STARTING HERE

  • We will introduce a comprehensive plan to help households reduce their environmental impact.
  • We will initiate a co-operative, efficient and effective home energy improvement plan. We will introduce a weekly waste food collection service and increase the range of goods that can be recycled.
  • The rights of pedestrians and cyclists will be given increased priority in the consideration of all planning processes to significantly reduce the number of cars in the centre.

JOINED-UP PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • We will introduce an integrated public transport network. It will have more frequent and cheaper buses, easier transfers with better ticketing options, extended Park and Ride service times funded by ring-fenced parking charge revenue.
  • The bus station will be renewed and made fully accessible with a modern waiting room, and toilets.
  • In every community there will be shared mobility schemes including cycles, e-scooters and electric cars with more charging points.

THE REJUVENATION OF OUR HIGH STREET

  • We will develop a package of financial incentives to fill vacant shops and support new and existing local businesses enabling them to grow – creating new jobs in the City.
  • For a limited time, we will introduce a scheme to reduce business rates on commercial properties to stimulate and incentivise new enterprises.
  • We will also develop a programme to specifically attract entrepreneurs and independents to utilise vacant premises with fixed term low start up rents.