Work on Andover Town Centre improvements set to resume

Hampshire County Council will soon resume works on improvements to Andover Town Centre

Oct 8 2020

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “This improvement supports Test Valley Borough Council’s regeneration plans for Andover Town Centre, and helps meet their ambition to make all the town’s car parks more accessible, so the town centre becomes a more attractive area for pedestrians and cyclists. 
“Hampshire County Council has appointed Skanska to carry out these works. We are keen to actively support our market towns across Hampshire and we are investing capital funds to help them prosper. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption for businesses and residents during the works.”

The works, which started at the beginning of the year, were first delayed due to Southern Gas Network’s (SGN) uncovering unchartered services while undertaking a gas main diversion on behalf of Hampshire County Council. Then, at the end of March, as the country went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, highways resources were directed to safety related works only during a time when the supply of materials was temporarily disrupted.

The scheme will provide new access to Andover’s Town Mills car park to ease access and wider town centre improvements to encourage more cycling and walking.

Delivered in partnership with Andover Vision and Test Valley Borough Council, the project will pave the way towards the total transformation of the Town Mills area with the creation of a picturesque riverside park to showcase the river. 

It will also mark the start of the first stage of the borough council’s plan to redevelop the wider town centre.

Hampshire County Council will deliver the project and is providing £434,000 provided by developer contributions and £228,000 from the Public Realm Improvement Fund, £513,000 is coming from the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership, £307,000 from the Market Town Fund and  £133,000 from Test Valley Borough Council. This brings the total investment to £1.6 million.

The improvements will include:
• A new access provided into the Town Mill car park from the A3057 Western Avenue, which will allow the current access off Bridge Street to be physically closed to traffic and enhanced to allow access for pedestrians and cyclists; 
• The existing footpath through the Pocket Park will be widened and a new path will be constructed through the park from the A3057; 
• New benches, will be provided throughout the area to create more seating for people visiting the park; 
• The use of York stone paving and other high-quality materials will enhance the area adjacent to the River Anton and the footpath adjacent to the river will be widened. 

The planned completion of the scheme is Spring 2021.

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