31 MAR 2018

New Public Artwork for Augusta Park - Have Your Say

Test Valley is inviting Augusta Park residents to view and comment on designs for two new pieces of public art. The Augusta Open Space initiative has hosted workshops, exhibitions, treasure hunts and walks where residents have contributed their ideas for the art and helped to shape the artists' brief. Plans are now progressing well and the designs will be on display at the Augusta Park Community Centre until 9 April. The themes that stemmed from this work include the nature surrounding the site and the idea of growth and organic forms, the use of the land for farming and agriculture, and...

29 MAR 2018

Job Centre Plus Opens at Beech Hurst

I was delighted to invite the new DWP Minister and local MP, Kit Malthouse to the Test Valley Borough Council offices last week as we officially welcomed Andover Job Centre Plus to their new home at Beech Hurst. The Council has a good track record of bringing forward projects to make the best use of our buildings. We already host several of Hampshire County Council's services, NHS Children's Therapy and now with Jobcentre Plus, Beech Hurst really has become a one-stop shop for public services – with the added advantage of providing great value for money for taxpayers. For more...

02 MAR 2018

Town Mill Riverside Park

I invited the Leader of Hampshire County Council, Roy Perry to the Town Mills area of Andover recently to discuss the latest developments in our joint ambition to create a fantastic riverside park on the banks of the River Anton. Last summer, I outlined my plan to stop up the road adjacent to Wilkinson and create a separate access to Town Mill car park, via Western Avenue, which would allow us to green the whole area. Members of the public backed that plan through the consultation and we have today released an artists impression of what the potential scheme could look like. Making the...

20 FEB 2018

Update on M&S

Update on M&S - and it is NOT good news I'm afraid: North West Hampshire MP, Kit Malthouse and TVBC Leader, Councillor Phil North met with Marks & Spencer Retail Director, Sacha Berendji, in Parliament today to continue to press the case for Marks & Spencer to retain a presence in Andover High Street. They once again highlighted the massive goodwill for M&S amongst shoppers from Andover and the surrounding villages. They pointed to the ever growing number of signatures on the petition organised by Councillors Iris Andersen and John Cockaday, and crucially to the profitability of the store's...

16 FEB 2018

Statement on Andover Chantry Centre

I have today released a statement confirming that the Council has been in discussions with a number of parties over the pasteight months about a possible redevelopment of the Chantry Centre: "Improving and enhancing Andover Town Centre is one of Test Valley's top priorities. Since I became Leader, we've brought forward two major projects – in the new Town Mill Riverside Park and the Cultural Quarter centred around the former Magistrates Court - to make Andover Town Centre a more attractive place to visit and enjoy in the future. However, there can be no doubt that the internet and...

15 FEB 2018

Warning about Council Tax Scams

Test Valley Borough Council is warning residents to be on their guard against a scam offering fake council tax refunds in anattempt to access bank account details. Scammers pretending to work for the council are phoning residents and claiming they are from the council tax department. They inform residents they have overpaid their council tax. The caller then requests bank details with the promise of a refund for the alleged overpayment. Ifsuccessful, the resident is then given another number to call which informs them that they need to pay an administration fee to get the refund. You should...

09 FEB 2018

Council Prosecute Two Test Valley Flytippers

I'm pleased to report that Test Valley Borough Council were yesterday successful in prosecuting two fly tippers who dumped theirrubbish within the borough. Mark Francis Day was ordered by the court to pay £1,332 in fines and costs for rubbish that he dumped in Longparish. He had been employed following a social media conversation where he agreed to take household rubbish away for someone but dumped it in the countryside instead. Ian Jolley was ordered to pay £1,628 in fines and costs for flytipping waste in Charlton from his gardening business. Both now have criminal records.

07 FEB 2018

Update on Marks & Spencer

Kit Malthouse MP and I had a long and, at times, heated meeting with representatives of Marks and Spencer at the House of Commons today. We warned that it would be a grave mistake for the company to leave the town and made the case for Andover in the strongest possible terms, as a town where jobs, population and investment are all increasing substantially. We expressed our concerns that M&S had not taken sufficient account of both present and predicted growth - and further emphasised the value that Andoverians placed on M&S's presence in the High Street demonstrated by Councillors Iris...


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