5 April 2018
Green Councillors will be proposing a series of amendments to the recommendations for the new Canal Quarter scheme. Two of these are that the public should be properly consulted before final plans are drawn up and that the steering group for the canal corridor scheme should be made up of councillors from all parties.
Bulk Ward green councillor Tim Hamilton-Cox said:
“It is extremely important that local people are involved at an early stage. We don’t want consultation to be left until after the shape of a scheme has already virtually been decided upon. Winchester City Council has taken a refreshingly open approach to its city-centre brownfield regeneration opportunity and there is a lot that we can learn from them on how to properly engage the public.”
Green Castle Ward and city centre councillor Nick Wilkinson said:
“There are a wide range of skills across the parties on the City Council. It is vital that the new proposals are not solely controlled by the Labour group and that we use abilities from all parts of the Council.”