Welcome to Andover signs have been springing up along the town boundary over the past week. 12 signs have been installed on the most used routes into Andover, with a final sign due to be installed shortly on the A303 approach slip road.
The installation of boundary signs was one of the actions progressed by the Parking and Signage working group, created as a result of the Andover Summit. The summit identified priority actions to reinvigorate the town, and five working groups were formed to carry out these actions.
The Parking and Signage Working Group consisted of local business leaders, Councillors and Council officers. The remit of the group was to review current parking arrangements for the town centre and look at options to improve the signage leading to the town from the trunk road network.
The signs follow another successful action completed by the same working group with the recent introduction of 15 free short stay dash and go parking spaces around the town. These spaces allow people to park free for a designated time. 15 minute free parking spaces are located in Bridge Street, and 30 minutes free parking spaces are located along the service road for George Yard car park, Borden Gates (near Sainsbury’s) and Westbrooke Close near to the Police Station.
Further successful Summit news includes the recent appointment of a dedicated Andover Town Centre Manager, Chris Gregory of Heartflood.
Test Valley Borough Council, Andover Town Council and Hampshire County Council joined forces to recruit the town centre manager and Chris has taken up the post with a remit to look after the interests of Andover town centre, developing and managing it for the future.
Chris said: “I am very excited to be part of Andover’s future, and I have already met many local business owners who are passionate about helping to support and develop the town’s future.
One of my early aims is to develop a Town Centre Partnership; a fully independent and business led organisation to represent the interests of the town. The intention is to bring more people into the town centre, encourage them to stay longer, and to use town centre businesses more often and want to return more.”
The Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Carr, said: “The appointment of a Town Centre Manager is an important achievement in the actions taken so far as a result of the Andover Summit. Chris will provide a vital point of contact dedicated to furthering the interests and success of Andover Town Centre, its businesses and retail outlets. I am delighted to welcome him to Andover and am sure that he will very quickly become a vital asset for the town.”
Further information about the work of the Andover Summit can be found on the Council’s website at: www.testvalley.gov.uk/andoversummit