Custom Text
Home Blog

‘Park up and go’ set to help Andover residents

Test Valley Borough Council is set to create two new short-stay parking spaces in Waterloo Court to enable those with limited mobility to be able to park as near as possible to WH Smith when the Post Office relocates there.

The park-up-and-go spaces will be located opposite the rear of Poundstretcher. They will not be designated disabled bays, so those without disabled badges will also be able to make use of them.

Leader of the Council, Phil North, said: “One of the main problems with the Post Office relocating to WH Smith is that there is no parking directly outside the store for those with mobility issues to be able to park close by. This has clearly come across in the public comments and through the consultation process.

“When I met the Post Office’s Head of External Affairs, Ken Penton, I said that they needed to come up with an adequate solution to this issue. Unfortunately, that wasn’t immediately forthcoming, so Test Valley stepped in to help.

“We recognise this is not an ideal solution for everyone, but having consulted with residents in Andover who have disabilities, I hope these additional spaces will make things a little easier for our residents that struggle with mobility.

The council will shortly begin the consultation to amend the traffic regulation order to implement the new short-stay spaces. It is anticipated that they will be in place in April.

Police launch probe into late-night attack of man, 66, in Andover

Police are appealing for information regarding an investigation into an attack that took place on Friday, 22nd of February.

The incident took place at around 10.30pm.

The 66 year-old-man was attacked in Admirals Way Park on London Road in Andover by two men, they later went ran towards Vigo Road.

The 66 year-old-man sustained minor injuries including bruising to his back, nothing was taken at the time.

The police are keen to speak to the two males if you saw anything call 101 quoting reference number 44190094418

School minibus programme wins national transformation award

Hampshire County Council’s innovative Spend to Save scheme, which provides schools with minibuses as part of ensuring that eligible children have a safe home to school transport service, has won a Bronze Award against stiff competition from across the UK.

The scheme won the Bronze Award in the ‘Working Together’ category of the Public Sector Transformation Awards, organised by the Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise (iESE).

Councillor Keith Mans, the County Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “With a reducing budget, we are committed to finding ways to provide our essential services in new and innovative ways. The Spend to Save programme is a perfect example of Hampshire spearheading successful transformation that has both saved money and provided a better service for all involved. It is now being considered by other local authorities around the country.

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, added: “This recognition is a credit to the collaborative working of our passenger transport, home to school transport teams and all the schools and colleges that have joined the scheme. We are committed to sharing the programme with more schools around the county.”

The annual competition attracts hundreds of entries from around the UK, and Hampshire’s entry was up against joint bids and much bigger schemes in its category.

Judges were impressed with the Spend to Save programme, which provides schools with fully-funded new minibuses for their daily use in exchange for transporting pupils who are eligible for local authority funded home to school transport. The scheme has been running for more than 10 years but was reviewed in 2017 with new systems designed to make it easy for a school to see the benefits quickly and this formed the basis of ‘concerted promotion’ to schools.  The take up rate has increased as a result and a range of options has been developed to suit the needs of different schools and colleges.

Comments from the judges included that the Hampshire minibus scheme showed “real innovation” and that it would be able to “provide even further evidence of impact in future years.” They also praised the provision of minibuses as an asset that enhanced the educational experience the schools could deliver.

The vehicles are leased from and maintained by Hampshire Transport Management, the County Council’s in-house supplier of vehicles. The scheme currently operates in 26 schools and further education colleges, saving the County Council over £250,000 a year on home to school travel costs.

With 35 minibuses in the fleet, children in education settings benefit from their school using the minibus for school organised activities, such as school trips and other extra curricular activities.  Having the minibus based on their premises available for use in this way provides much needed flexibility and reduces pressure on the school or college’s budget.

A303 roadworks return this week

A303 roadworks return this week

Highways England will be beginning roadworks to improve ‘road markings’ on a section of the A303 by Picket Twenty.

Eastbound lane from Picket Twenty to Bullington Cross will be closed between 9.00pm and 6.00am for two nights starting on Monday, March 18th.

This may cause delays on the eastbound A303, seek an alternative route if possible.

The A34, at Bullington exit slip will have the same roadworks on Wednesday.

Probe launched following attempted fraud in Micheldever

Do you recognise this man? We would like to speak to him in connection with an attempted fraud at a service station in Micheldever.

A suspect has entered the garage in Andover Road at 12.50am on March 11 and tried to get a member of staff to hand over large quantities of tobacco.

The staff member refused and the man left empty-handed.

Do you recognise the man pictured? If you have any information about this incident, please call 101 quoting reference 44190086367.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Round-two of investment into homelessness in Test Valley

Test Valley Borough Council secures homelessness grant

A new scheme launched in March of 2018 to transform homelessness across the Test Valley has been backed by a further £100,000.

The Borough Council approved the funding in a bid to prevent and halt as most homelessness as possible.

Councillors renewed the authority’s commitment to invest in homelessness and approved a new plan that sets out how the council will work to tackle rough sleeping over the next 12 months.

READ MORE: Test Valley Borough Council secure homelessness grant

The first year of the scheme saw the number of households in temporary accommodation fall by 33 per cent as the council takes its frontline services on the road across the borough.

Portfolio holder for housing and environmental health, councillor Phil Bundy, said: “Homelessness is one of the council’s key priorities and this further investment delivers on that commitment. It also emphasises the great work that our officers have done so far and our future plans to build on this.

“There is more to do and no-one should have to sleep on our streets. We remain committed to ensuring that anyone who presents themselves as homeless in Test Valley will not leave our offices without the offer of accommodation first.

“I know my fellow councillors and officers are also grateful for the support of our partner agencies. Homelessness is a complex problem and requires a rounded approach. We want to build on the strengths and aspirations of those who present themselves to us and this funding will ensure we can continue to do this.”

The funding follows a successful bid together with Winchester City Council for a share of £177,000 from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Private Sector Access Fund.

Anyone concerned about their housing situation can contact the council’s housing service on 01264 368000 or 01794 527700. People can report anyone who is rough sleeping to the council by visiting

Suspected drug dealer and knife-wielder arrested in crackdown

This week police across the country have been cracking down on knife-crime following the spike in London over the last weeks.

Hampshire Constabulary executed a search warrant in Livia Close, Andover yesterday, Thursday, 14th March, 2019.

A 17-year-old boy from Andover was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.

He has been released from custody but remains under investigation.

#OpSeptre has resulted in a total of 2294 arrests, 473 of which were for possession of a knife or weapon and the recovery and removal of 1435 weapons from the streets of London alone.

LIVE: A303 eastbound closes due to overturned lorry – A303 eastbound closed up until Bullington Cross

@Hants Road Police

Police are closing A303 eastbound from Bullington Cross until early afternoon. One lane will be shortly open westbound – J8 of the M3 will also be open.

Up-to 4 crashes on A303 resulting in major delays. From Basingstoke Golf course, M3 entering onto A303, to Coxford Down Cattery, A303 (Popham Services area)

According to reports, 28 Tonnes of gravel were spilt across the carriageway.

Hants Road Police tweeted that they expect the road to be closed until early afternoon.

According to reports, you cannot exit the M3 at Junction 8 to access the A303.

Emergency services are in attendance of an overturned lorry, and possibly more accidents.

Seek an alternative route if possible.

Keep updated on the Hampshire Drivers Facebook page or check back on our live article.

‘Mass’ evacuation at Tesco after fire alarm

© Copyright David Martin

Between 3:00pm and 3:45pm Tesco in River way, Andover was quickly evacuated shortly after false fire alarms went off.

Hundreds of shoppers left the store having been told to evacuate due to a ‘false’ fire alarm.

Shortly after the fire alarm, staff returned into the store while shoppers waited for any sign of communication, an eye-witness told Andover and Villages that some customers waited up to an hour for any sign of opening to return to their shopping.

A spokesperson from Tesco told Andover and Villages; “Our Andover Extra store was briefly closed earlier today following a false alarm on our store alarm system. The store has now reopened and serving customers as normal.”

More follows.

Fine for local woman who fly-tipped

A local Andover woman has admitted to dumping a tent, bathroom shelves, a case full of paperwork and other general waste in Launcelot Close after an investigation from Test Valley Borough Council.

Jitladda Saunders illegally dumped the waste in September last year and admitted the offence at Basingstoke Magistrates Court at the end of February.

Black bin bags, carpet gripper and a black suitcase full of paperwork were also all dumped in Launcelot Close by Mrs Saunders.

Following a council investigation, Mrs Saunders was fined £120 and made to pay a £30 victim surcharge, £30 compensation to the council for the clean-up of the waste, and £100 court costs.

Environmental portfolio holder, councillor Graham Stallard, said: “Fly-tipping is a very selfish crime and I am pleased that we have been able to prosecute the person responsible in this case. Your waste is your responsibility and not that of the council to come and clean up after you. If you need rubbish collected, please speak to us beforehand so we can offer advice.

“There are plenty of facilities across the borough to dispose of your waste correctly, and we will always try to help if residents have questions about their rubbish. You cannot simply dump it, and we will prosecute if we have sufficient evidence.”

This Weeks Favourites

Police launch probe into late-night attack of man, 66, in Andover

Police are appealing for information regarding an investigation into an attack that took place on Friday, 22nd of February. The incident took place at around...

LIVE: A303 eastbound closes due to overturned lorry – A303 eastbound...

Police are closing A303 eastbound from Bullington Cross until early afternoon. One lane will be shortly open westbound - J8 of the M3 will...

Suspected drug dealer and knife-wielder arrested in crackdown

This week police across the country have been cracking down on knife-crime following the spike in London over the last weeks. Hampshire Constabulary executed a...