This week, residents in Winklebury, Basingstoke fed into plans on what needs to be improved to make the area a better place to live. It's one of the first steps in a long-term regeneration project for the area.
Members of the Winklebury Community Action Group met with representatives from VIVID, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and the architects doing the initial planning work, Kenn Scaddan Associates.
They discussed the community group’s detailed vision of how residents want to see the area develop and flourish.
The group outlined the key points of the community plan which was published late last year after consultation with residents. The plan sets out a series of actions which work towards key goals for the area.
This first meeting provided a chance for the group to share the results of the resident consultation with the key partners who'll be developing the plans with the aim of further strengthening the community.
Director of New Business and Development at VIVID, Mike Shepherd said: “As Hampshire’s largest provider of affordable homes, we’re committed to delivering more homes where they’re needed. We’re working with stakeholders on potential plans for the area; it’s been good to talk directly to members of the Community Action Group to discuss their ideas and concerns. We’re exploring options and engaging with the community to develop plans aligned with local needs.”
Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration, Arts and Heritage at Basingstoke and Deane Borough, Council Cllr Terri Reid said: “The council has listened to the local community and their vision for the area and we really want to take the local residents on this journey of regeneration with us with. This process won’t happen in isolation and with developments nearby, including Manydown, we need to make sure there are close links so that the community gets the greatest benefit.”
Chair of Winklebury Community Action Group, Wendy Moore said: “We are encouraged that all the partners are willing to take into consideration the concerns of Winklebury residents whilst planning the regeneration of the community. We look forward to meeting them again as their plans develop to make Winklebury an even better place to live.”
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Roy Perry said: “We recognise the importance of working alongside our colleagues at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to ensure that Winklebury prospers for the benefit of all of its residents. Engaging with members of the local community and listening to their views on how they think Winklebury could be regenerated is key to shaping the plans, including the elements which are most needed such as schooling and housing. The regeneration of Winklebury is another important example of how Hampshire County Council, in partnership with the borough council can help communities in Basingstoke continue to thrive now and into the future.”
Further drop-in sessions will take place over the summer and autumn; they'll be open to all residents as the year goes on.
It’s been good to talk directly to members of the Community Action Group to discuss their ideas and concerns. We’re exploring options and engaging with the community to develop plans aligned with local needs.