HCC’s Planned Changes to On Street Residents Permits

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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.

Shop in town for longer this Christmas

Shoppers will have even longer to stock up on fabulous festive goodies and tantalising treats this Christmas, as Test Valley Borough Council is set to offer one hour’s free parking this December.

Visitors will be able to make use of the offer on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 30 November to 16 December and will need to purchase a minimum of one hour’s parking in any Test Valley Borough Council car park to qualify. They then need to display the Christmas voucher on their dashboard alongside a valid pay and display ticket to get another hour free. The voucher can also be used with a Ringo payment.

The Council’s car parks continue to be free to use after 4pm, so during the offer period visitors will be able to stay in town from 2pm until late for just 90 pence! Shoppers can collect vouchers from participating retailers or the Former Magistrates’ Court. Simply look out for the poster in shop windows and pop in to collect one. Alternatively, vouchers can be downloaded from the Council’s website, www.testvalley.gov.uk or cut out from the autumn issue of Test Valley News which was distributed to all households from late October. Retailers can contact Town Centre Manager, Mark Edgerley, for vouchers to hand out to their customers.

Work to widen A30 Stockbridge

Test Valley Borough Council, on behalf of Hampshire County Council, will begin work on 13 April to widen the carriageway between London Road and Winton Hill on the A30 to accommodate on-street parking.

The work will include improvements to the footpath at the Winton Hill / A30 / Stockbridge Street roundabout to improve access from the High Street towards Stockbridge Primary School. The work is due to last 10 weeks and will be carried out by contractor, Caroway.

For more information, please contact Ian Patterson, Projects Engineer, on 01264

Free Christmas parking voucher scheme launched for Andover and Romsey

For shoppers in Andover and Romsey the Council is running its free Christmas parking voucher scheme again this year. The scheme will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 17 December. Free parking for an extra hour will be available to all those displaying the voucher alongside a valid pay and display ticket or Ringo payment purchased for a minimum of one hour. This means that during the offer period you’ll pay just 90 pence to park from 2pm until the end of the day, so you’ll be able to shop until you drop! Retailers can collect vouchers from their Town Centre Manager to distribute to their customers and the voucher can also be downloaded from www.testvalley.gov.uk/freechristmasparking.

Romsey parking consultation

Friday 4 July will mark the start of a three week public consultation on a variety of proposed on-street parking and traffic measures in Romsey.

Where possible the proposals reflect public comments received during an informal consultation carried out in January this year.

The proposed changes would see an increase in the overall number of on-street parking spaces in the town centre. The Council will also be taking over responsibility from the police for parking enforcement for roads in the town which are restricted to access only, such as Albany Road and Knatchbull Close. Other on-street parking restrictions for various additional roads in Romsey are also proposed.

Full details of the proposals and drawings will be available to view at the Council’s offices in the Former Magistrates’ Court from Friday 4 July to Friday 25 July. An exhibition of the proposals will also be held at Romsey Town Hall between 2pm and 6pm on Friday 11 July, Thursday 17 July and Monday 21 July, where Council staff will be available to answer questions.

During the consultation period the plans can also be viewed on the Council’s website: www.testvalley.gov.uk/consultationportal

Free car parking voucher brings Christmas cheer

The Council has  launched free one hour Christmas parking vouchers for Romsey. The vouchers will be available from week commencing 11 November at participating retailers and from the Council’s customer service facility at the Former Magistrates’ Court in the heart of the town.

 Free parking for an extra hour will be available to all those displaying the voucher alongside a valid pay and display ticket or Ringo payment purchased for a minimum of one hour. The combination of free parking after 4pm and the Christmas vouchers will provide an added incentive to encourage shoppers to come and enjoy what Romsey has to offer for the festive season. 

 The vouchers will be valid in all Council car parks in Romsey on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 2 to 18 December.

Pay and display parking Former Magistrates’ Court – Romsey

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Extra public pay and display parking spaces are proposed for the Former Magistrates’ Court car park in Romsey.

A planning application for a change of use from a private to a public car park has been submitted this week. A revised parking order is also being prepared. If approved this would see an extra 11 spaces available on week days and 20 at weekends, in addition to a permanent disabled bay. During the week some spaces are retained for use by visitors to the Council’s customer service facility and Hampshire County Council.

The change of use follows approval by the Council to a series of proposals to help improve car parking in the town for shoppers and visitors. Other plans to create additional and more flexible parking options are being progressed. These include the creation of additional, reduced cost, long stay car parking at Romsey Rapids for those working in the town and to help alleviate parking pressures at the leisure centre at peak recreation times. This would then clear the way to free up more short and medium term spaces in the town centre for shoppers. The longer term parking needs of the town will be considered as part of the Council’s Romsey Future project.

Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transport, Councillor Martin Hatley, said: “I am pleased that the plans to introduce additional pay and display car parking in the Former Magistrates’ Court are being progressed. We are committed to supporting Romsey’s local residents, visitors and businesses alike and will continue our work to create the right conditions to help the local economy flourish. Our plans to improve car parking will help to increase the number of customers visiting stores in the town and improve the experience for shoppers.

“I look forward to seeing the plans for increasing the number of car parking spaces at Romsey Rapids and to using the Romsey Future project to develop longer term options.”

If the change of use is approved we anticipate the car park being operational by early November.