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Winchester Good Accessibility Scheme – Access Awards

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Winchester Area Access for All (WAAFA) has carried out a survey of shops and businesses with the aim of recognising good practice in making premises, goods and services accessible to all. Certificates and badges (in the form of stickers - Gold, Silver or Bronze) are awarded to those shops whose practice is good.

It is hoped that the badges will be displayed by their recipients so that customers with potential access difficulties can enter their premises with confidence. Also this should encourage businesses to maintain and even improve high standards of service.

Phase 1

Initially we have restricted our attention to the 61 businesses in Winchester High Street between its junctions with Middle Brook Street and Jewry Street. The Phase 1 Award Ceremony was held on Tuesday 11th March 2014 at 6pm where the former Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Ernie Jeffs and Keith Hatter, Chair of WAAFA awarded the ‘winners’ with their badges/certificates at Abbey House, Winchester.

The Gold was awarded to Clarks.

WAAFA Gold Award Clarks Keith Hatter and Mayor of Winchester
Mayor, Ernie Jeffs and Clarks Gold Award Mayor, Ernie Jeffs and Keith Hatter, Chair
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Group Photo of Phase 1 Access Awards – Photos by Sarah Gascoigne

Silver was awarded to 3Store, Barclays, Boots, Ernest Jones, Halifax, Holland & Barrett, HSBC, Jack Wills, Jigsaw, Lloyds TSB, Moss Bross, Phase Eight, Santander, Shoon, Superdrug and Whittard.

Bronze was awarded to Bellis, Caracoli, Debenhams, HMV, Hotter, LK Bennett, Montezuma, Nationwide, Starbucks, Thornton’s and Vodafone

The badges can now be seen in some of the windows in Winchester High Street

Phase 2

The Access Awards Phase 1 was a big success and the Good Accessibility Scheme has extended throughout the Winchester City Centre for Phases 2 and 3. We have allocated a total of 124 shops, businesses and premises in the following streets for Phase 2; Jewry Street, City Road, Upperbrook Street, Middlebrook Street, shops attached to the Friarsgate parking building, Silver Hill, Tanner Street, Bottom of High Street (from statue) up to Phase 1 borders (Debenhams and M&S), Little Minster Street, The Square, Southgate Street, top of High Street (including Walcote Place), North Walls and Wales Street.

The Phase 2 Award Ceremony will be held on Monday, 23rd March 2015 at 6pm at Abbey House, Winchester where the current Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Eileen Berry will present the ‘winners’ with their badges and certificates. Please note due to limited capacity at the venue, spaces are limited to winners and WAAFA members only.

Phase 3

A total of 124 shops, businesses and premises have been allocated in Winchester City Centre to Phase 3 in the following streets; The Square, Parchment Street (including Stonemason’s Court), The Brooks Shopping Centre, St George’s Street, Market Street, St Clements Street, Andover Road, Stockbridge Road, the bottom of the High Street (passed the statue and including Eastgate Street) into Upper High Street, Chesil Street area and the corner of the top of the High Street and Romsey Road.

Phase B

We have also allocated a ‘Phase B’ which includes restaurants, cafés, hotels, cinema, gyms, leisure centres, pubs, bars and eateries (fast food or take-away) which have seating throughout Winchester City Centre. A redesign of our questionnaire adjusted to these premises will be made available.

It was decided that regular shops and business premises in Phases 1-3 will be up for review every 2 years, whilst Phase B will be reviewed every 5 years.