"Let's open up the river and make the best use of the Anton as it flows through the town." That was the stand out priority fromthe people of Andover as we consulted on a new Andover Vision, which I have had the pleasure to lead over the last 16 months.
The River Anton's most prominent town centre position is as it meanders through the Town Mills, past the Methodist Church on its way to the Clatfords. It is at this location that a scheme is currently being worked up by Hampshire County Council, as lead partner with support from Test Valley to improve the area; widening the footway; improving the landscape and providing more benches. But looking at the proposed project again in the context of the Andover Vision I quickly came to the conclusion that the current scheme, whilst undoubtedly an improvement, was a bronze solution rather than the gold one that Andover deserved. So with support from fellow Andover Councillors, I instructed Test Valley Borough Council officers to work up an enhanced proposal which consists of blocking the road adjacent to Wilkinson and creating a separate access to Town Mills car park from Western Avenue. This would allow us to improve the current scheme and create a fantastic urban park on the banks of the Anton, greening the area. Removing the traffic from this location would not only mean providing much more recreational space, it also passes the 'Toddler Test', meaning families can enjoy spending time by the river without the fear of passing traffic, attracting people to the town and encouraging them to stay longer.
Sounds good, doesn't it? So this is where you come in. The consultation is asking for public opinion on the current proposal so in order for us to achieve the enhanced scheme, everyone who has been telling us that improving that area is their priority needs to back it, by ensuring they say so during the consultation. This can be accessed, via Hampshire County Council's website at: www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/andovertownmill - you can also pick up a paper copy at Test Valley's offices in Beech Hurst. The consultation runs until the 31st August, so please make your views known in the 'additional comments' section.
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Address: Cllr Phil North, C/O TVBC, Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3AJ.
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