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Winchester Silver Hill contract scrapped

The plans for Silver Hill included redeveloping the Kings Walk area Credit: ITV Meridian

A contract to redevelop a key area of Winchester city centre has been scrapped.

The 150 million pound Silver Hill development included new homes, a new bus station, restaurants and shops. Planning consent had been granted in 2009, but the project has been plagued by a series of legal wrangles.

Planning permission for the Silver Hill development was granted in 2009 Credit: ITV Meridian

But last night, councillors voted - 46 to one - to end their contract with the developer, TH Real Estate.

Now the city council is planning its own development over the next three to five years, with an immediate facelift for parts of the run-down site.

ITV Meridian spoke to Cllr Stephen Godfrey, Cllr Martin Tod, and Cllr Kim Gottlieb.

City redevelopment at risk after delays

The £165 million Silver Hill scheme Credit: Silver Hill

There will be a crunch meeting tonight on the future of the £165m controversial Silver Hill scheme in Winchester.

A plan to build a new bus station, shops and around two hundred homes hangs in the balance.

The council could terminate the contract as the developers have failed to deliver on promises and timescale.

Taking a tumble on the slushy ice...

Slipping and sliding on Winchester ice rink Credit: Linda Holtby

Linda Holtby sent us this picture of a tumble at the WInchester ice rink. The unseasonal mild weather means that the ice can be covered with a layer of water. However, WInchester Cathedral says that the rink is safe for skaters to use. The rink is open until 3 January.

Early Christmas present for children's hospice in Hampshire

A children's hospice is celebrating an early Christmas present - with news that it will receive some of the profits from the new X-Factor single.

Naomi House and Jacks Place in Sutton Scotney near Winchester have been supported by the programme for the last four years - through a partnership with the charity Together for Short Lives.

The ingle is usually one of the biggest selling records of the year. It's been recorded by this year's winner Louisa Johnson and was released after the final on Sunday.

Sutton Scotney based Naomi House & Jacksplace, provide respite care for children and young people with for life limiting illnesses and support for their families.


Teenager celebrates success in battle to cut speed limit in Hampshire village

Emma Johnstone has been campaigning to reduce the speed limit outside her home in Kings Worthy for the last 6 years. She started calling for action on the Springvale Road when she was just 7 years old and a pupil at the nearby primary school. Now Hampshire County Council has agreed to a 30mph zone. Mary Stanley reports.

Christmas celebrations begin in Winchester

Christmas in Winchester Credit: ITV news

Christmas has come early to Winchester. The annual festive market has opened next to the Cathedral with the ice rink welcoming it's first skaters. The Cathedral Dean greeted visitors and the Choristers of Winchester Cathedral lead carols

Founded in 2006, the Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location and bustling atmosphere. It is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close. Coach parties visit from across the UK and overseas.

Next week Friday - 27 November - a lantern parade will wind its way through the city's streets. Families gather with their homemade paper lanterns and light up the night sky in a stunning display. The parade will be followed by Community Carols, organised in association with Churches Together in Winchester

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