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.

Recent flooding in Test Valley – workshop for councillors Saturday 21 June 2014 – 9.30am to 12noon at King’s Somborne Village Hall

Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Carr, has arranged for a workshop to take place in June for members to learn more about the role that councillors and communities can play in increasing local resilience to flooding. The workshop is particularly aimed at borough councillors. In addition, each parish council and local flood committee will be invited to send a representative to attend the event.

The workshop aims to learn from the recent floods by looking at the experiences of communities in the borough. In particular, we will look at the experiences of Shipton Bellinger and King’s Somborne, where local resilience plans were already in place. In addition, members of the County Council’s Emergency Planning team will be on hand to give advice about how to develop a local resilience plan. We will also use the workshop to receive feedback on the lessons that can be learnt for the future.

It is expected that representatives from the Environment Agency, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Hampshire Constabulary will be in attendance. An invitation will also be extended to Southern Water. 

Revised Local Plan

The Council received just over 2,100 representations from individuals, organisations and agents during the Revised Local Plan consultation. These have all been acknowledged and processed and will be publicly available to view on the Revised Local Plan web page from Thursday 8 May. There will be a search tool allowing representations to be viewed by either name or by policy / paragraph. Officers are reviewing all the comments made and will be reporting back to Cabinet and Council in the summer.

Sowing the seeds


Around 10 million poppy seeds have been sown across Test Valley in recent weeks to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

Seedlings are starting to sprout and look promising to fill flower beds with a blaze of scarlet at eleven key locations in the borough. Knightwood Road, Templars Way and Crusader Way, Valley Park have all been sown with seed, as has the War Memorial Park in Romsey.

Portfolio holder for Community and Leisure, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “The poppies will be a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made in the fields and trenches of the World War I battle grounds. As the only flower to bloom after the devastation of the war It is a fitting symbol of our remembrance .”

A mixture of other flower seed has been sown along with the poppy seed to provide a succession of colour later in the year.

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning

A new page has been added to the Council’s website on Neighbourhood Planning, which is supported by a frequently asked questions document providing guidance on how to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). Neighbourhood Planning is a Government initiative to empower local communities to shape a future of the places where they live and work.

The new web page forms part of a new section of the website on community-led planning. The section also includes guidance on parish plans and village design statements, which are the other tools that can assist local communities to achieve their future vision for their area.

The Localism Act 2011 introduced the legal framework for Neighbourhood Planning and the preparation of NDPs by parish councils and town councils in conjunction with the community they represent.

The Council has a legal duty to support the preparation of Neighbourhood Planning at key stages of the process and ensure that the Neighbourhood Regulations are complied with. The Statement of Community Involvement in Planning Matters (September 2013) sets out the Council’s statutory role.

The new webpage can be found here.

For more information please contact Jennifer Ryan, Planning Policy Officer, or contact Planning Policy on 01264 368000. 


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.