Council’s Arch Plan to Signpost Shops ProgressesVisitors to Andover might notice something unusual taking place with surveying equipment and tripods in the High Street during June. The preparatory work is part of the Council’s Archway Artwork project to improve signage for businesses located along the seven small lanes off the High Street. The equipment will be used to scan the buildings adjacent to each of the lanes. The timing of the scanning is weather dependent, but should be completed within a day, and should not inconvenience passers-by.

Imaging equipment will be used to scan the entrances to Black Swan Yard, George Yard, Waterloo Court, Union Street, Shaw’s Walk, Globe Yard and King’s Yard. The images will then be used to support the design drawings required for the planning process.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Carr, said: “The project is progressing as a result of the Andover Summit and will see seven distinct decorative arches created to signpost the public to the shops tucked away along the alleyways that radiate from the High Street. Andover has a number of independent small businesses to be proud of, and the Council is seeking ways to support them by encouraging shoppers to explore all the streets in the town.”

The Council will be progressing delivery of the arches one at a time, as each will require a significant amount of work due to the permissions required to fix the arches to listed and other historic buildings located in the town centre conservation area.

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