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

Have your say on plan for Fishlake Meadows

Test Valley Borough Council is inviting the public to comment on a draft management plan which outlines how Fishlake Meadows will be maintained as a nature reserve. The plan will undergo public consultation for seven weeks from Monday, 21 December until Friday, 5 February.

The plan has been influenced by feedback submitted during public consultation earlier this year when more than 130 residents attended guided walks of the site, viewed plans on display at various town centre locations and spoke to local councillors about their ideas for the area.

Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “The first round of consultation on Fishlake Meadows was very successful and I’d like to thank the residents who gave us their thoughts and ideas about the site. We’ve used this information to help create a structured management plan and I invite any member of the public to view the document and let us know what they think so we can make the most of this unique part of the borough.”

To view the plans and submit your comments, visit

Litter Fine


People often ask me why we don’t do anything about people who litter our beautiful Borough – well we do and here is some more proof.On 22 May the Council successfully took a member of the public to court after they failed to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice for littering. The Test Valley resident threw his cigarette butt into a flowerbed in Andover town centre, just outside his place of employment. He was found guilty of littering, fined £200 and ordered to pay £120 costs

Test Valley Parks get green … again

I joined the Mayor, Friends of the Park and some of the council team at the TWar Memorial Park in Romsey to raise the Green Flag award. Valley Park Woodlands at Chandlers Ford and Rooksbury Mill Local Nature Reserve in Andover have also again been recognised as some of the country’s best green spaces.

The national awards for public and community parks and green spaces recognise that the three Test Valley parks are amongst the best green spaces in the country. It is the fifth consecutive award for War Memorial Park, the third for Valley Park Woodlands and the fourth for Rooksbury Mill. The parks are judged against a set of criteria that includes being clean and well maintained, sustainability, conservation and heritage and community involvement which reflects the hard work put in by the team over the whole year.

Horticulture Apprenticeships

Environmental Services are currently advertising three 18-month apprenticeships in Horticulture. If you know anyone who might be interested, the advertisement and application form are available at  The closing date for applications is 1 July 2012.

Wildlife Discovery Days

Just 11 miles from King’s Somborne are is the Rooksbury Mill Local Nature Reserve. On 28 July a Wildlife Discovery Day will take place there.

The free events will run from 10 am to 2 pm and both will see the return of Dr Osmond with his Hi-Tech Wild-Trek Trailer which uses the latest digital technology to turn mini beasts into monsters on the big screen.  As well as discovering lots of amazing creatures, visitors will be able to take part in a variety of workshops and events (a small charge may apply at some workshops). There will also be the opportunity to meet members of The Anton River Conservation Association (TARCA) to find out about the important conservation work they are doing to improve the River Anton and its wildlife.

May Bank Holiday – Waste and recycling collections

Changes to waste and recycling collections over the May Bank Holiday will be minimal.  No collections will be made on Monday 7 May so collections will be a day later than usual with crews working on Saturday 12 May

All collections will be back to normal for week commencing Monday 14 May.

Residents can also check their bin collection dates online at or by contacting the Customer Services Team on 01264 368000.