Cllr Phil North, Test Valley Borough Council’s new Leader has been getting out and about in the Borough. Fulfilling a promise to ensure he gets to know each and every community in Test Valley, Phil spent the day in Chilworth, Nursling and Rownhams recently, which is represented by ward councillors Cllr Alison Finlay, Cllr Nigel Anderdon and Cllr Phil Bundy. Planning concerns and the challenge of retaining the area’s unique character were high on the agenda.
Cllr North said: “Chilworth Nursling and Rownhams are the southernmost communities in Test Valley. Representing Andover it made sense for me to start my tour of the area furthest from home”
“It was great to get a really detailed view of their area from Alison and Nigel who gave me a tour. Test Valley have done much to support this area, the local councillors’ excellent advocacy of their community has identified other ways we can help and it was good to understand how that can be achieved.”
Chilworth Nursling and Rownhams councillor, Alison Finlay said: “It was really reassuring to welcome Councillor North to the area, to introduce him to local residents and to be able to let him see the pressures under which the ward comes not just from planning applications but from the competing aspirations of neighbouring authorities. I was very impressed with the interest he showed and with his commitment to understand the individual communities here.”