10 years ago plans were submitted by Aldi to open one of its stores in Winchester. One of Hampshire’s longest running controversies has now finally been laid to rest with the opening of one of the cut price supermarket stores.
Chancellor George Osborne has delighted Winchester council chiefs by stating that Winchester ‘is a great place to do business’ during a meeting at 11 Downing Street.
Further to this George Osborne commented, ‘I think the council understands that Winchester’s future is about encouraging companies to invest, to create jobs and to foster innovation and skills.’
A planned closure of a road in Winchester - Great Minster Street - that’s being used as a ‘rat run’ has caused a disagreement between the council and local firms.
This year The Balaka, a Bangladeshi and Indian restaurant in Weeke, just missed out on winning the prestigious British Curry Awards. It reached the finals, along with two other curry houses from Hampshire.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, celebrity chef and TV presenter, is hoping to open a River Cottage Canteen and Deli in the Abbey Mill buildings on Colebrook Street (pictured) in Winchester. This week a public meeting was held to discuss the plans. Winchester is currently divided on this topic. Many people feel that Abbey Mill and Colebrook Street are simply not suitable for a restaurant.
Winchester City Council will be hosting its annual Budget Briefing Breakfast on Tuesday 11th December from 8am until 9.30am at the Guildhall Winchester on The Broadway.
Bluebird Care’s Winchester & Eastleigh branch have been awarded the Newcomer of the Year award for 2012 at the National Bluebird Care Annual Care Awards. This ranks the Hampshire branch the best out of the 32 new centres opened in the UK.
An innovative collaboration between Winchester City Council, local businesses and a group of artists has resulted in the dull bollards in The Square being transformed into pieces of art.
Worthy Down Barracks, which is currently an army garrison, has won a £270 million investment from the MOD to fund a development project. The barracks will be converted into a new college for the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force in a Tri-Service Training and Administration Facility. Worthy Down, named after the village of King’s Worthy to the east, is a few miles north of Winchester.
The Rising Sun on Bridge Street in Winchester is due to open again for the first time in 4 years. It is now managed by Alex Bell and Nicola Ramshaw, who have signed a 23 year lease for the premises with the Wellington Pub Company. The new owners hope that the Rising Sun can become Winchesters finest ale house.