Local celebrity Manuela Wahnon was walking through Andover Town yesterday on her way to get a manicure when she noticed, horrified, the side of the old Danebury hotel, which is undergoing a million pound makeover. The side area, where locals sit to eat their lunch on a regular basis, has become an eyesore, often filled with fish & chip wrappers, kebab boxes, pizza rubbish, coffee cups, drink cans, bottles and anything else those who have no pride choose to dispose of on the street.
Manuela, dashed home, fetched her gloves and litter picking items, and returned to the site where she got to work, busily picking up the litter.
Andover & Villages contacted Mark Bowley, the owner of the Danebury Hotel, which is set to reopen on Monday 13th January 2014 as The Star & Garter, a name it hasn’t been referred to since 1983. Mark told us that he was very aware of the issue, and is very frustrated by the levels of takeaway rubbish that is disposed of in this small area. He went on to say that he has applied for planning permission to erect railings along the wall in the area and was hopeful that permission would be granted.
Mark told Andover & Villages that, on the original plans for the Star & Garter hotel back in 1902, the railings were in place and later removed in 1942 to assist with the war effort. They have been absent ever since.
The Star & Garter, when it opens, will provide the local area with a carvery restaurant, an upmarket bar and 35 brand new en suite bedrooms. A fantastic addition to our beautiful market town.