FREE-to-use public watering fountains could be installed in Winchester after the city council announce they are keen to reduce litter and plastic consumption.

To reduce the amount of plastic products being used on only one occasion before being discarded, the council are planning to introduce free drinking water fountains to enable residents and visitors to drink or refill bottles whilst in the city.

Possible locations for the fountains currently include Abbey Gardens, Middlebrook Street and the Cattle Market.

The council will also be working with Winchester Business Improvement District to encourage food and drink premises to consider allowing members of the public to refill their water bottles.

Councillor Jan Warwick, the Conservative portfolio holder for environment said: "I am pleased Winchester City Council is taking a leading role in this popular initiative.

"I am sure our city drinking fountains could help cut down on the use of disposable plastic bottles for the benefit of all our residents and visitors."