I would like to thank everyone involved in the Vision work for their effort and commitment in challenging circumstances.
It is clear that people want to see change and there is much for us to consider moving forwards. I think this is an exciting opportunity to think about the way we do things and we now need to look at how best to translate the Vision into action over the coming months and years.
I would also like to thank Boyle and Summers, Feria Urbanism, Storrie and momo:zo for their efforts in delivering this excellent piece of work in such unprecedented times.
We were commissioned in early 2020 to create a new Vision for the City of Winchester. Our team comprised Feria Urbanism, Storrie and momo:zo and our first task was to redesign our consultation programme for one almost exclusively based online.
Having talked to a wide cross-section of Winchester people the key finding was that most were concerned with How changes or initiatives or developments were going to come about rather than What they were going to be. The widespread feeling was that doing anything in the city had become too difficult, with competing interests debating each other to a stand still.
The solution was to create a Vision entirely focussed on finding new methods of engagement and consensus-building, and to spread involvement in these beyond the normal actors focussing on all the communities of the city.
Following a series of workshops a set of Handbooks were created which both tell the story and point to a new direction for the city, not just the city council.
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