The Future is Bright for Romsey

Bright for Romsey

Test Valley Borough Council are developing Romsey Future, a project aimed at creating a strategic vision for the town, ensuring its future as a vibrant, thriving market town with a recognisable local brand.

The project will consider both current and future pressures on Romsey, and the challenge of how we can sustainably manage both the built and natural environments that create the character of the town. The work will be undertaken in consultation with the local community, local councillors and partner organisations. It will also take into account the outcome of the 2012 Planning for Romsey’s Future public consultation. The core aim of the initiative is to develop a vision for Romsey, highlighting opportunities and identifying and supporting projects that will deliver the vision.

As part of the ‘Romsey Future’ project, both Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council are considering ways in which the centre of Romsey could be enhanced to provide a more attractive environment to visitors and shoppers, and to encourage them to come to the town. Previous work undertaken by the Romsey and District Society has also been used to inform initial ideas. The first phase of improvements are now about to begin, and will focus on maintenance repairs and infrastructure improvements in Church Street.

The Church Street improvements are to be jointly funded by Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council.

As part of its Capital Programme, Test Valley Borough Council’s Cabinet agreed to contribute £150,000 over a two year period for environmental improvements to Romsey town centre, from which it will draw funding to complement the County Council’s resources of £325,000 earmarked for Church Street.

The Borough Council has also agreed to make £49,000 available as a contribution to the Romsey Waterways enhancement project, which is a partnership project with the County Council, Natural England, Environment Agency, Hampshire Wildlife Trust and the Romsey and District Society.

In addition to these projects, a number of other improvements are planned which will be funded separately by the development at Abbotswood. These include junction improvements, traffic management measures and new cycle ways. The development will also be making a financial contribution to future environmental improvements with the town.

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