SIR — I would like to reassure readers of the accuracy of my letter (Chronicle letters December 3) in which I referred to the repairs being undertaken on the High Street clock. The work was scheduled to begin yesterday (Wednesday, January 13), snow permitting, when the remains of the clock will be taken by Smiths of Derby for repair and restoration. This delicate work will take approximately five to six weeks, after which scaffolding will be erected to repair the structure of the clock armature and the face will be replaced. Hopefully by mid-March the clock will be fully restored and enhancing the High Street once more. Members of the historic environment team at Winchester City Council are always willing to deal with enquiries from members of the public, and they may be contacted using the council’s Customer Service Centre number which is 01962 840222, or by email to

Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Heritage, Culture and Sport, Historic Environment Champion, Winchester City Council.