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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


Council says it's ready to help with refugee resettlement

The city council says there is no confirmation of numbers at this stage.

Councillors in Winchester say the city is ready to help with resettlement for refugees if required.

Hampshire County Council is looking for school places first - Winchester City Council will match will then match the housing requirements.

The council says this would use the private rented sector and not the Council's housing stock so there would be no impact on ability to meet housing need locally.

£2.5 million is spent on new buses in Hampshire city

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£2.5 million has been invested on new greener buses for Winchester. The buses have been rebranded with a new look inspired by King Alfred the Great. Stagecoach will the launching the "Kings City" vehicles outside Winchester Guildhall. The new vehicles incorporate the latest, state of the art, greener engine technology. They have also been customised with USB charge ports and WiFi.

The company is also introducing later evening services, following campaigns by local villagers. The new measures also include a £2 nightrider which allows unlimited travel after 7pm.

Managing Director, Michael Watson said "We are proud to announce this investment in new buses and the investment in the fleet and evening gives something back to our many bus users in Winchester and we hope to encourage even more people to use the bus further into the evening."

Stagecoach provides local bus services across Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex. Last year 4.3 million passengers used their Winchester buses.

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