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Public artwork unveiled in Augusta Park

On a gloriously sunny Monday, 15 July, the Augusta Park Community Centre was host to the unveiling of two new public artworks for Augusta Park.

The artworks, funded by Section 106 contributions from Taylor Wimpey, the developers of the site, have evolved over a long period of consultation with the residents and school children from the new development.

Leader of the council, councillor Phil North officiated, cutting the ribbons round the sculptures to mark their inclusion at Augusta Park.

Councillor North said: “We have a clear policy in Test Valley that we don’t just deliver developments, we create communities.

“That’s why I was delighted, along with the artist, Denis O’Connor, to officially unveil the two new sculptures in Augusta Park this afternoon.

“The money Test Valley secured from Taylor Wimpey, via developer contributions, hasn’t just paid for physical infrastructure but has also funded community development workers and fantastic pieces of public art – to help turn a housing development into a community.”

Artists Denis O’Connor and Bernie Rutter worked extensively with residents to come up with the final concepts and forms for the sculpture.  At the opening ceremony, Denis reiterated how important the community’s involvement had been to help create artworks that resonate with both the

READ MORE: £73k Artwork to be installed for Augusta Park

people and the place.  Work from the school pupils of Endeavour School and other participants in the process was exhibited at the Community Centre, and a slide show from Denis showed the process that he had gone through to arrive at the final results.

The sculptures now shine in the sun.  They make a wonderful feature for the development and mark a bringing together of community ideas.

A34, A404, M4 and Southern Roadworks 22/07/19

A303 roadworks

The following list of roadworks and disruptions for A34, A303, M4, A404, M4 and M27 is corrected as of Friday, 19th July, but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or other circumstances. All improvements are carried out with the aim to stop disruptions.

M4 junctions 3 to 12: upgrade to smart motorway

Work to improve journeys by converting the M4 into a smart motorway between Junctions 3 at Hayes to Junction 12 at Theale continues this week. 24-hour narrow lanes and a 50mph speed restriction are in place for sections of this stretch of the M4. There are no full closures booked for the week commencing Monday 22nd July.

There are slip road closures booked as follows:

  • Junction 7 – the westbound exit slip will be closed overnight on Tuesday 23rd July.

In the event of poor weather conditions or other issues out of our control, planned work may be postponed at short notice. Contingency bookings are also in place, but these are only used if previously planned work is delayed and there is no clash with other closures. If work completes on an earlier day the motorway may not close, or if work completes ahead of schedule the motorway may reopen early. Signage will be in place on the network to notify of closures and diversions.

M4 junctions 14 to 15 Woodlands St Mary, West Berkshire: bridge repairs

Work to ensure road user safety by undertaking concrete repairs a bridge which carries the M4 over a local road near Woodlands St Mary continues this week. The B4001 beneath the bridge will be fully closed to road users and pedestrians until late-September. A signed diversion will be in place via Ermin Street and Ramsbury Road.

M27 junctions 3 to 2 Southampton, Hampshire: resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by resurfacing a section of the westbound carriageways starts this week. The M27 westbound carriageway between junctions 3 and 2 will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Thursday 25 July for eight nights (Monday to Friday only). A signed diversion will be in place via Romsey.

M27 junction 3 Southampton, Hampshire: street lighting

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the street lighting around junction 3 takes place this week. Lane closures will be in place on the roundabout, slip roads and the M271 approach roads overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Tuesday 23 July for two nights.

M27 junctions 3 to 4 Southampton, Hampshire: bridge reconstruction

Work to maintain journeys and ensure road user safety by replacing the Romsey Road bridge near junction 3 continues this week. A 50mph speed restriction is in place on the M27 east and westbound carriageways beneath the bridge until winter 2019.

M27 junction 5 Eastleigh to 3 Southampton, Hampshire: street lighting

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the street lighting along the M27 takes place this week. The M27 westbound carriageway from junction 5 to junction 3 will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July. A signed diversion will be in place via Chilworth, North Baddesley and the A3057.

M27 junctions 4 Southampton to 11 Fareham, Hampshire: smart motorway

Work to improve journeys by converting the M27 into a smart motorway continues this week. 24 hour narrow lanes and a 50mph speed restriction will be in place until 2021.

A3 Guildford, Surrey: slip road widening

Work to improve safety widening the southbound slip road at the Stoke Interchange continues this week.  Narrow lanes are in place on the southbound exit slip road at the Stoke Interchange 24 hours a day until August.

In addition, the southbound exit slip road will be closed from 10pm on Friday 26 July through to 6am on Monday 29 July. A signed diversion will be in place via the University Interchange then via Guildford centre.

A3 Ockham, Surrey: safety barrier

Work to ensure road user safety by replacing sections of old safety barrier near Ockham continues this week. Lane closures will be in place on the north and southbound carriageways overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Friday 2 August (Monday to Friday only).

A27 Havant, Hampshire: vegetation

Work to maintain vegetation along the A27 near Havant takes place this week. The eastbound exit slip road will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Tuesday 23 July for four nights. A signed diversion will be in place via the Warblington junction and return.

A31 Cadnam to Ringwood, Hampshire: road markings and resurfacing

Work to resurface a section of the A31 westbound carriageway near Picket Post and renew road markings along the A31 and M27 finishes week. The road will be closed from junction 2 of the M27 to Poulner Hill at Ringwood overnight, between 10pm and 6am, until Wednesday 24 July. A signed diversion will be in place via the A36 to Salisbury then the A338 to Ringwood.

A31 Ringwood to St Leonards, Dorset: street lighting

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the street lighting along the A31 takes place this week. The A31 westbound carriageway from the Ashley Heath roundabout to Boundary Lane roundabout will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Friday 26 July. A signed diversion will be in place via the A338 towards Bournemouth, West Parley and Ferndown.

A34 Highclere, Hampshire: drainage

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the drainage system along the A34 near Beacon Hill takes place this week. Lane closures will be in place on the A34 north and southbound carriageways overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 22 July for five nights.

A34 Didcot, Oxfordshire to Chieveley, West Berkshire: road markings

Work to improve journeys by renewing the road markings along the A34 continues this week. The A34 southbound carriageway will be closed from the A4130 Milton Interchange to Chieveley overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 22 July for four nights. A signed diversion will be in place via the A417 to Wantage, south on the A338 to Hungerford, then east along the A4 back to the A34 at Newbury.

A404 Hurley, Berkshire: layby resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by resurfacing the entry and exit for the Hurley lay-by takes place this week. The A404 northbound carriageway will be closed from the A4130 Burchetts Green junction to the Bisham roundabout overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Monday 22 July. A signed diversion will be in place via Henley-on-Thames and Marlow.

A404(M) junction 9b Maidenhead, Berkshire: street lighting

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the street lighting around junction 9b takes place this week. Lane closures will be in place on the north and southbound slip roads overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Thursday 25 July for two nights.

Bosc monitor lizard found after search warrant for drugs in Andover

Andover Police had an expected surprised when issuing a search warrant today, Thursday, 18th July, after finding a Savmon lizard under a sofa following when searching an address in Andover.

The RSPCA told Andover and Villages, “We were called to an address in Picket Twenty, Andover following reports of a lizard, unknown of the breed at the time, was under a sofa. The lizard is now being looked after appropriately”

Andover Police arrested two suspected drug dealers of Class A and B drugs, along with drugs seized at the address in Picket twenty.

A man, 40, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, a 44-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs

Both men remain in custody.

A303 eastbound delays as emergency services deal with collision

Emergency services are on the scene of an RTI (Road traffic incident) on the A303 eastbound today, Thursday, 18th July.

Lane One is blocked between Picket Twenty and Forton, Longparish Road, delays back to Winchester Road, Andover.

Hants Fire and Rescue & Hampshire Police have been contacted for comment.

More follows.

Man left with ‘Fractured cheekbone and eyesocket’ after night-club attack in Andover

Assault in Plush Andover

A 35-year-old man from Andover was assaulted on Saturday, 15th June, in a night-club on London Street and suffered injuries to his face.

The alternation took place while the 35-year-old was sat down against a wall when the attacker hit the 35-year-old in the face.

This incident happened around 12.30am in the morning.

The victim sustained a fractured to his cheekbone and eyesocket and underwent reconstructive surgery.

The attacker has been described as; white, aged between 20-30 years of age, around 6ft tall, medium build, dark hair and had extensive tattoos on his left arm.

Hampshire police have asked anyone who was in the night club, Plush, at the time to step forward.

Anyone with information can call us on 101, quoting the crime reference number 44190206058.

Café owners collect council grant

The founders of an American-themed café in the centre of Andover have collected their first £500 cash boost thanks to a £1,000 Independent Retailer Grant from Test Valley Borough Council.

Agnieszska Krol and Anna Knyzanowska set up Grilled Cheese Café Ltd in The Mall, Bridge Street in December last year. The pair have known each other since childhood and got the idea of an American-themed eatery from Agnieszska’s US partner.

Formerly a Chinese takeaway, the space now has tables for customers to eat in, on top of the takeaway service that was already provided.

Anna said: “Everything seems to have gone to plan so far and both of us are really enjoying it too. There’s still plenty more to come but one thing is for sure – we wouldn’t have had such a great start if it wasn’t for the help and guidance from Test Valley Borough Council.”

Ward councillor Rebecca Meyer, said: “Supporting businesses in Andover is so important and to see a local café with an American twist succeeding in the town is brilliant!

“I’m really pleased that the pair are enjoying it so far and I wish them luck going forward.”

Recipients of the £1,000 grant first receive £500 after three months of trading and a further £500 six months later. To be eligible for the grant, new or existing independent businesses must occupy a town centre ground floor unit which has been vacant for at least one month. Qualifying businesses include shops, restaurants and cafes.

These funds have become available to the community as a consequence of the council’s prudent investments, financial management and use of the New Homes Bonus.

Police ask for witnesses following fatal collision on A33 near Micheldever

A33 reopened collision

A 63-year-old woman from Basingstoke has died following a fatal collision with two cars on the A33 southbound this morning.

Hampshire Police are now asking for witnesses that may have witnessed a fatal collision in Micheldever.

Hampshire Police were called to Larkwhistle farm junction on A33 southbound, near the Micheldever Woods.

A Blue Toyota Yaris, a Ford Transit and a Peugeot, Sliver.

The driver of the Toyota Yaris, a 63-year-old woman from Basingstoke, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The family is being supported by specialists officers.

PC Paul Farquharson, from Whitchurch Roads Policing Unit, said: “We are appealing for anyone with information about this collision to come forward and talk to us. Were you travelling along this road or were you in this area this morning? Did you see what happened or did you see any of the vehicles involved?”

“We’re also keen to speak to anyone who may have dashcam footage which could help with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101, quoting 44190249497, or Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Andover Town Football Club prepares to start busy season

Andover Town Football Club
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Andover Town Football Club is starting to prepare for their busy season starting in August, with almost 15 games against neighbouring teams, such as Whitchurch United and Petersfield Town FC.

The local football is set to have its first match on August the 3rd, 2019 against Totton and Eling FC.

The match is being played away, in Totton and Eling grounds.

At the end of their first season, Andover Town finished second in Wessex League Division One and was successfully promoted to the Wessex Premier Division for the 2014-2015 season.

In the season 2016/2017 Andover Town finished 13th place in the Wessex League premier.

Road reopened following ‘serious’ two-car collision

A33 reopened collision

Hampshire Police were dealing with a serious car collision earlier today on the A33 southbound at Micheldever and has now reopened.

“The dual-carriageway is closed from Larkwhistle Farm Junction, for some time,” said police.

An ambulance was in attendance along with Hampshire Police.

The area is now clear and is now unaffected.

Hampshire Road Policing said, “Thank you for your patience while we dealt with this incident.”

Millions of flying ants spotted across the UK in ‘Flying Ant Day 2019’

Flying Ants Andover

Believe it or not, it’s actually a thing, flying ant day. Millions of people have seen flying ants along with birds like seagulls and among others.

The reasoning for all the birds is due to all the ants, which attract birds of prey.

Although the event can be spread across multiple days, the majority of them have come out today, it appears.

The event often happens in July, but it’s been reported that it occurs been June and September depending on the conditions.

Birds can be seen in their thousands to hunt for the millions of flying ants

Are they dangerous?

No, flying ants don’t bite or cause harm intentionally, they’re just annoying.

Why does flying ant day happen?

On the right conditions, millions of flying ants abandon ship and look for mates from neighbouring colonies. Once they’ve mated the queens lose their wings in a bid to start a new colony elsewhere – most often all the colonies launch at once to increase their chances of finding each other.

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