A303: Amesbury to Berwick Down

An application has been submitted by Highways England to the Secretary of State for the creation of a two-lane dual carriageway on the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down in Wiltshire. As this is a nationally significant infrastructure project, the Planning Inspectorate will be determining this application.

Details of the application and accompanying documents and plans area available online.

In summary the scheme will be approximately 8 miles long and will comprise of:

a) A twin bore tunnel approximately 2 miles long, past Stonehenge

b) A northern bypass of Winterbourne Stoke

c) A new junction between the A303 and A360

d) A new junction between the A303 and A345

The deadline for any comments is 11th January 2019.

A show-stopping end to 2018 for The Lights


The Lights is thrilled to announce that the venue has achieved an audience capacity of 91% for December! This is significantly higher than last year’s capacity of 78%, and they will enter into 2019 with six shows already sold out.

More information about the shows, workshops, classes and facilities available at the venue can be found online: www.thelights.org.uk

Council secures prosecution after family fly-tipping affair

The council has successfully prosecuted a father and daughter who fly-tipped furniture, food waste, toys and school library books at Walworth Enterprise Centre.

Both, of Andover, have been made to pay £2,300 after the unlawful deposit of waste at the back of a unit in the Enterprise Centre in Duke Close, Andover, on June 4 this year.

The waste included wooden furniture, a bed frame, headboard and a plastic set of drawers. Six black sacks were also dumped, which included school library books, children’s toys and food waste.

Romsey Christmas events

Christmas lights

A reminder that Romsey Town will be hosting a wealth of festive events this year, starting with the Christmas lights switch on and Winter Carnival Parade on Saturday 24 November.

Hundreds of Romsey residents are expected to attend to see in the start of the festive season. The procession will assemble at Crosfield Hall and move off at 6.15pm, travelling around the town.

Please note road closures and car park closures will be in place for the duration of the procession as well as periods before the procession.

Andover Heritage Trail Mural at The Angel Inn

The proposed new heritage mural at the Angel Inn yard in Andover has now been granted full planning permission. The aim is that the mural will be installed in early spring 2019.

The designs show an image of a coach and horses, depicting the route of the famous Quicksilver coach from Falmouth to London that stopped in Andover.

The project will also see a new mural painted behind the bars of the Old Gaol on Bridge Street depicting a prisoner, which is another stop on the Andover Heritage Trail.

HCC’s Planned Changes to On Street Residents Permits

Parking sign

As part of Hampshire County Council’s (HCC) T19 budget saving programme, the authority has served notice to terminate the agency agreement whereby TVBC enforce on-street parking restriction and administrate on-street resident permit zones within Test Valley. From 1 April 2020 this function will transfer back to HCC who are the highway authority.

The borough council currently charges £15 per permit for both resident and resident-visitor permits for the permit zones in Andover and Romsey.

The charge covers the cost of issuing permits, which includes checking eligibility and managing the permit database. It does not cover the cost of introducing or amending the Traffic Regulation Orders required for resident permit zones or the provision and maintenance of the signs and lines for the restrictions. These are currently funded by HCC from their highway budgets.

As reported in the Romsey Advertiser and Andover Advertiser, HCC plan to introduce a minimum charge across the county of £50 for the first permit. This is to enable the permit charge to fully fund the cost of introducing and maintaining resident permit zones only.

Details are not currently available on what the charge would be for any second resident or visitor permits.

In the articles in the papers reference was made to the increased charges being introduced in April 2019. This is not the case. HCC has confirmed that the new pricing will not be introduced until 1 April 2020, after the current agency agreements with districts terminate.

Litter Court Case Success

LitterTest Valley Borough Council has brought another successful prosecution for littering.  On Thursday, 6 September 2018 at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court,  the offender pleaded guilty by post to the offence of littering under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The offence took place in Eight Acres in Romsey where the offender was witnessed littering into the watercourse. The offender was ordered to pay a £120 fine, a £30 victim surcharge and £875 costs. 

For more information on Love Where You Live, the Council’s litter initiative, visit www.testvalley.gov.uk/love.