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 River Anton a focal point in the town has been identified as the number one priority through the recent development of the Andover Vision – a twenty-year place shaping strategy developed by a partnership of local organisations and thousands of residents, launched in April 2017.
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: "Hampshire County Council is happy to support the Andover Vision, set out by Councillor North. As a former Leader of Test Valley myself, I have been interested and impressed to see all the good work being done in Andover, by Councillor North and his team.
"We acknowledge it is important to identify how traffic can be removed from the river frontage in the Town Mills area, and the first step in this process will be to do some technical feasibility work into options like a new access to the car park.
"Once we have developed some initial ideas, it will be essential to hear the views of local residents and businesses on the options. Hampshire County Council has a dedicated fund to help the market towns of Hampshire, and Andover would be a very worthy recipient of support."
I want to use Town Mill as a springboard for further enhancements in Andover Town Centre, including the development of a Cultural Quarter on the site of the previous Andover Magistrates Court, where 14 developers have already shown an interest in enhancing the area, as well as the plans the council has for a redevelopment of the Chantry Centre.
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Address: Cllr Phil North, C/O TVBC, Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3AJ.
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