WinACC works with and influences decision-makers in public bodies and politicians of all political parties in Winchester District.

And WinACC helps local people to cut their own carbon footprint – see, for example, our Cool Communities project and our Greener Travel factsheets.

More and more, research is showing how hard it is for individual people to change how they behave to tread more lightly on the planet.

What makes a difference is changing the world we live in – the infrastructure which affects how we live our lives.

Put simply, people can’t catch the bus to work when there’s no bus.

They won't stop going to the swimming pool because it has a high carbon footprint.

They are less likely to walk to the shops if the route isn’t attractive.

Policy-makers, politicians, public institutions and business can make changes to shape a better world.

Here are some examples of changes that WinACC wants to see in Winchester District:

Transport and movement

  • Towns, villages and streets designed to encourage people to walk instead of driving, and roads and traffic management that gives pedestrians and cyclists priority over cars.
  • More pedestrian areas to reduce air pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help people stay healthy.
  • No vehicles driving in congested areas, unless they are essential e.g. for disabled people or deliveries - or charging them to come in town centres.
  • A coherent movement (traffic, walking, cycling etc ) plan for Winchester town, with an end to car parking inside the old walls of Winchester city.
  • More frequent and reliable bus services.
  • A coherent planned approach to public transport so that people can live their lives without needing a car.

Renewable energy

  • Support for community-owned local renewable  energy projects such as PV panels on hall roofs.
  • A local government commitment to support local renewable energy such as onshore wind, PV farms, sustainable wood fuel and anaerobic digesters to provide electricity and heat.
  • Investing Council money in creating renewable energy, such as solar panels on roofs
  • Overturning the County Council ban on wind farms on its own land.
  • No planning approval for fracking (fracking for shale oil and gas just adds to the pollution caused by burning fossil fuels).

Buildings and new developments

  • Projects to encourage the better-off to make their homes more energy-saving.
  • Making all Council housing as energy-efficient as it can be - better insulation, more efficient heating and a new boiler are better ways to spend scarce Council funds than new baths or kitchens.
  • All new housing to be zero-carbon - in other words, homes produce at least as much energy as they use
  • The County Council to go ahead with its plans for District Energy Networks.
  • Giving health service backing to designing housing schemes that encourage a healthy lifestyle, including a strong sense of community, how people get about,what they eat and how they make friends.
  • Creating more places where people can grow their own food.
  • Action to prevent vulnerable people from the effects of climate change (cold and snow in winter, over-heating in summer, flooding and storms) 

Business

  • Using planning powers as far as possible to control the sorts of shops and food outlets in our high streets.
  • Companies to drive less, insulate their buildings, shut shop doors, switch off lights at night and strictly monitor and control their heating/cooling to save energy.

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What has the City Council already promised to do?

Winchester City Council has already approved “Twelve Actions for a Lower Carbon Council” (here). Here are some of the important commitments that WinACC supports:

  • “In planning, specifying, assessing or making decisions on new major developments, we [the City Council] always ensure that one of the criteria is the development’s contribution to cutting the carbon footprint of the District and shifting from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy.” [“New major developments” would include the Station area, the Central Winchester Regeneration area and Bar End]
  • “We will reduce the carbon footprint of the proposed new leisure facilities to as close to zero as financially and technically feasible, in respect of the use of the whole site, its construction, running emissions and user travel emissions.”
  • “We will facilitate the introduction of renewable energy initiatives, including solar and hydro-power, whether Council-owned or as community projects.” [The Feb 2017 report to Winchester City Council on the new three-year Council Strategy said that the revised Capital Strategy will consider investment of Council resources in renewables.]
  • “We install solar panels on the Council estate whenever this makes financial sense and the location and structures are suitable.”
  • “Where the City Council is responsible for commissioning public transport, we specify reduced emissions whenever a new contract is advertised and agreed.”