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

Household Waste Recycling Centre changes

Waste Centre sign

Further to the update published in the Members’ Information Bulletin on 6 October, Hampshire County Council has announced that it will delay implementing changes to its Household Waste Recycling Centre opening hours from 1 January 2017 to 1 October 2017.

As part of its drive to find efficiency savings, Hampshire County Council initially took the decision to open all Household Waste Recycling Centres at the later time of 11am, except on Thursdays when all centres will be closed. Subsequently the  Executive Member for Environment and Transport agreed to delay these changes.

This does not affect the introduction of a charge for disposing soil, rubble, plasterboard and asbestos which will remain unchanged. More information about the changes can be found on Hampshire County Council’s website.

Garden Waste Collection Service 2016/17 set for launch


Test Valley Borough Council will be writing to all current Garden Waste Collection Service subscribers this week, to let them know about some changes to the subscription process which will make it easier than ever before for them to renew.

All current Garden Waste Collection Service subscriptions are due to come to an end on Sunday, 8 May 2016, and customers can now opt to renew their subscription automatically and pay by annual direct debit.

For just £29.50, the Council will collect one garden waste wheeled bin or sack every fortnight for a whole year. Anyone who requires the Council to collect more than one garden waste bin or sack at a time will pay £17 for each additional subscription.

Residents who aren’t already signed up to the Garden Waste Collection  Service can register at, or call the Council’s Customer Services team on 01264 368000 or 01794 527700.

Environmental Portfolio Holder, Councillor Graham Stallard, said: “If you are a current subscriber, all you need to do is sit tight and you will receive a letter or email in the next few days with further information. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for customers to renew their subscription, to save them going through the process of having to re-register online or over the telephone each year. We have also streamlined the registration process for new subscribers, so it is even easier for residents to sign up.”

Whether renewing their subscription or signing up for the first time, customers will have the opportunity to purchase a new wheeled bin or reusable sack. A 240 litre garden waste wheeled bin costs £25 and a 130 litre garden waste sack costs £1.50. Both are one-off charges in addition to the subscription charge. Those who have a spare wheeled bin at home that they wish to use can request a garden waste label for it. Customers who already have a garden waste bin or sack which is in good condition can continue to use this.

Celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday by tidying our towns and villages!

Clean for the Queen

Test Valley Borough Council is supporting a national campaign, Clean for the Queen, to tidy our towns and villages and celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday this year.

Clean for the Queen encourages communities across the country to take to the streets and clear litter from their local areas during the weekend of 4 to 6 March. The weekend of tidying will take place prior to the Queen’s official birthday celebrations in June.

Andover Town Centre Manager, Chris Gregory, has organised a community litter pick to take place in Andover on Friday, 4 March. Throughout the day, individuals, councillors and volunteers from local organisations will clear litter in various locations across the town. Manuela Wahon, a community campaigner, will be offering her support throughout the weekend and has already generated a wider awareness of the campaign by seeking to fill 90 bags of litter before the official events begin. The Council is providing litter picking equipment and will also collect and dispose of the waste.

Garden Waste Collection Service – early bird period ends soon

Residents have until Monday, 13 April to benefit from the early bird discount on the Council’s Garden Waste Collection Service. Residents who purchase the subscription online before 13 April will pay £25.50 and those who purchase by phone will pay £27.

The scheme opened on Monday, 16 March and has received more than 6,500 subscriptions for 2015/16 so far.

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

Collection of unwanted sandbags in Test Valley

Click here for collection details