Romsey Sports Centre tennis courts given a new lease of life

The resurfacing and ancillary works at Romsey Sports Centre tennis courts are now complete.

The new blue colour coating and permanent lines were installed and floodlighting works undertaken in spring for the two courts leased by Romsey and Abbey Tennis Club.

The works are to Lawn Tennis Association standards.

Romsey and Abbey Tennis Club is marking completion of these works with a Summer Celebration on 29 June 2014. Councillor Tony Ward, Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder and staff from both the Community and Leisure and Estates and Economic Development Services will be attending the event.

Romsey Needs You




Residents are invited to attend the Romsey Future drop in event on Saturday 14 June at the Town Hall. The Romsey Future project has started the process of creating a shared vision for the town for the next 20 years and now needs your input.

The event will take place between 10am and 3pm and is a great opportunity to find out more about the Romsey Future project. The project aims to ensure the town’s future as a vibrant and thriving place to live and work. It is also a chance for residents to have their say on the things that will be needed in Romsey in the future. There will also be free tea, coffee and cake as well as face painting and prizes!

The drop in session follows on from a meeting in November last year, which saw more than 50 local people with an interest in the future of Romsey come together to discuss ideas to enhance the town.

Following the meeting, several working groups were created to focus on leisure provision, housing, community services, getting around, the environment, the economy and community engagement. The working groups combine community group representatives, councillors, local business owners and residents. 

The working groups will be present at the Town Hall on the day to discuss their plans for the future and work undertaken so far.

Green light for Romsey community hub

Former Magistrates Court 2

A new community hub is to be created at the Former Magistrates’ Court (FMC), Romsey. This will see the building being refurbished to bring Romsey Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Test Valley Community Services (TVCS) together under one roof with Test Valley Borough Council’s customer service facilities and Hampshire County Council.

This development follows the decision by Council last year to proceed with the letting of space at the FMC. Since then the Council has been working with voluntary sector partners to agree the creation of the hub and the building improvements necessary to ensure a good customer experience.

The building will be altered and enhanced to accommodate voluntary sector partners and provide improved facilities for TVBC customers. This will include an enlarged customer waiting area, improved reception facilities, better access for the disabled and those with pushchairs and a dedicated area for viewing plans. The improvements will also see a separate CAB reception point and waiting area, along with additional private interview rooms. Other facilities will be shared.

As part of the agreed improvement works a flagpole will be installed at the front of the building,

Romsey becomes the first Dementia Friendly market town

On Thursday 1 May, Deputy Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Jan Lovell, Romsey Town Mayor, Councillor Ian Richards, and Councillor Tony Ward, Dementia Champion for Test Valley Borough Council, will officially mark the achievement with an event at The White Horse Hotel and Brasserie in Romsey.
The event, which will take place from 2pm to 4.30pm, is open to anyone to attend. It will include singing, exercise demonstrations and a training session.
Andover Mind is leading on the Dementia Friendly Communities project to raise awareness of dementia so that people living with the condition can live their lives as normally as possible with the right support. The organisation has been working with Test Valley Borough Council, Romsey Town Council and local businesses and retailers in Romsey to train staff in awareness of the condition and put in place simple measures to ensure they are dementia friendly.
For more information on the Dementia Friendly Communities project

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.

Ten Years of Healthy Walking

Romsey Health Walk

Test Valley Borough Council is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the launch of its popular Romsey Health Walk scheme. And it is inviting the local community to take part in a special walk to mark the event

On Monday 2 September at 11am, residents who have been involved in the initiative over the past 10 years are invited to meet at Romsey Sports Centre for a gentle walk followed by tea and cake.

The initiative was the first of many successful walking groups to be launched in Test Valley. The health walks are run predominantly by volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure local residents can keep fit in a safe, secure and social environment. They offer residents the chance to get out and about and explore the local area while enjoying the fantastic scenery and fresh air.

For more information, or to share your experience of health walks, please contact Laura Blake, Sports Development and Physical Activity Coordinator at Test Valley Borough Council on 01264 368000 or email

Resurfacing work at Andover Athletics Track and Romsey and Abbey Tennis Courts

The tender process to secure contractors to complete resurfacing and ancillary works at Andover Athletics Track and Romsey and Abbey Tennis Courts, has now been successfully completed.

Contracts will be awarded to Polytan Sports Surfaces (UK) Ltd to undertake the track works and Trevor May Contractors Ltd to undertake work to the tennis courts at Romsey Sports Centre.

The Andover Athletics Track works will enable it to reinstate its UKA competition status. The tennis court improvements are to Lawn Tennis Association standards.

Ongoing liaison continues with affected clubs and their members.

Works are due to commence in September 2013 for both contracts.