Our Manifesto

The Liberal Democrat vision for the future

Winchester District’s recovery is under way. After 8 wasted years under the Conservatives and the challenges of the pandemic, our high streets are recovering, new council homes are being built, the City Council is recycling more, cutting carbon and improving air quality - while improving services and keeping costs down. Plans are underway to renew our run-down and derelict areas.

There’s still much to do. Working alongside the people and businesses of our area, we believe we can address the challenges we all face and look forward confidently to a greener, stronger, fairer future.

Greener, faster

James Batho next to the new EV charger in Harestock car parkWe need urgent action to tackle climate change. After years of Conservative foot-dragging – and their repeated attempts to slow down our plans, we have to get greener, faster.

What we’ve done:

  • Cut the council’s carbon by 33% in two years
  • Increased recycling with record collections of glass, garden waste, batteries and electrical waste
  • Installed 1,649 m2 of solar panels
  • Installed 37 electric vehicle charging points in car parks with another 16 on the way
  • Created 17 new wildflower areas and planted 1,224 trees
  • Taken strong action on fly-tipping, with more prosecutions and CCTV at fly-tipping hot-spots

What we want to do next:

  • Make Winchester District carbon neutral by 2030
  • Extend recycling – with a food waste trial and more plastic
  • Invest in better bus services
  • Continued action to improve air quality
  • Trial zero carbon buses and waste vehicles
  • Invest £15 million to insulate council houses and cut bills
  • Plan for safer walking and cycling - including more secure bike parking - across the whole district

A caring community

Kathleen Becker at the Food PantryWe all benefit from strong community facilities, but when many people are facing challenging times, the Liberal Democrats will protect services that support the most vulnerable in society.

What we’ve done:

  • Committed the City Council to support the ‘City of Sanctuary’ movement
  • Supported local charities and food banks with over £70,000 of funding during the pandemic
  • Successfully opened Winchester’s new Sport & Leisure Park and refurbished Whiteley Leisure Centre

What we want to do next:

  • Continue support for charities helping those most in need
  • Invest more in our parks and play areas – improving facilities for all ages, especially young people
  • Refurbish areas with anti-social behaviour problems
  • Stronger consultation - making sure all voices are heard

The homes we need

Cameron Johnson at the new council houses in the ValleyUnder the Lib Dems, the City Council is building new council homes and putting in place a ‘local plan’ controlling housing growth to 170 extra homes a year across the whole district vs. current plans.

What we’ve done:

  • 121 new council homes finished last year
  • 130 currently being built across the district
  • Helped fund more accommodation for the homeless

What we want to do next:

  • 1,000 more new council homes over the next 10 years
  • More affordable housing for young people and key workers
  • Purpose-built student housing to free up family homes
  • Extra resource for planning enforcement
  • Protect our countryside while controlling urban over-development

A strong recovery

We can’t be complacent about the future of our city and district. We need to keep moving ahead – with the City Council working with business and other local partners to bring investment into our area.

What we’ve done:

  • Quickly and efficiently distributed £53.4m of government grants to more than 800 local businesses
  • Invested in our High Streets – with outdoor seating, pedestrianisation, events e.g. Light Festival, and tackling empty shops
  • Built new industrial units in Bishops Waltham
  • Kept moving ahead to regenerate Central Winchester

What we want to do next:

  • Continue bringing in investment to:
    • tackle run-down and derelict areas,
    • create new cultural and creative spaces,
    • support new business and create new jobs
  • Spend more cleaning and maintaining our city & market town centres
  • Deliver the council’s new Green Economic Development Strategy

Keeping costs down

Neil Cutler reviews the council's financesWith fuel bills rising fast & the Government hiking taxes, the Lib Dems have worked hard to keep improving services while holding costs down.

What we’ve done:

  • Closed the £19 million hole the Conservatives left in Winchester City Council’s finances
  • 3rd lowest council tax increase in Hampshire
  • Kept council rents down and capped tenant service charges

What we want to do next:

  • Keep Winchester’s council tax below inflation
  • ‘1 hour free’ parking in Chesil Street, River Park & Worthy Lane car parks
  • Invest extra in council tax hardship grants
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