Every other Winchester City Council cabinet meeting will be held in a different location around the district for the rest of the municipal year, which runs until May. This decision was recently taken by cabinet to reflect the diversity and geographic scope of the district, which covers a wide area of central Hampshire spanning 24 miles north to south and 18 miles east to west as the crow flies.
Cabinet members hope that moving their meetings around the district will ensure they are more accessible to residents from different areas, not just Winchester, and encourage people to interact more closely with their elected representatives. The decision was made within the context of a long-term plan to increase opportunities for residents to attend, for example by scheduling meetings in the late afternoon so that people can come along after work.
Council Leader Cllr Caroline Horrill said:
“Members of Cabinet believe that we should reach out to residents beyond the city of Winchester by taking our meetings to them. We are working hard to arrange the new venues and times, which we will announce in due course.”
Cabinet meetings are usually open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Details will be published on the Council website at winchester.gov.uk.