Local residents and businesses invited to find out more about final phase of Romsey town centre improvements  

Nov 19 2018

Hampshire County Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry said: “Romsey is already a vibrant and desirable destination, and this package of improvements is designed to enhance the town centre even further so that it can continue to prosper in the future. The Market Place works are the third and largest part of an overall enhancement project for Romsey Town Centre, designed to boost economic prosperity by encouraging more people to visit and stay longer, while making sure the improvements are in keeping with Romsey’s historic nature.”  

 The drop-in session will be held on Wednesday 28 November between 5-7pm in Romsey Town Hall. It will be a chance for people to look at the plans for the scheme and have their questions answered ahead of six months of planned works by contractors Knights Brown, starting in early January 2019.  

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, added: “This scheme is designed not only to make access easier for everyone, but also provide more space for community events and inspire a café culture. Together with the two completed schemes in Church Street and Bell Street, the total investment in improvements in the town centre come to over £3million. I would like to reassure residents and business in Romsey that we will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum during the works.”  

The Market Place facelift, is the third and final phase of a wider improvement scheme for the famous market town. Improvements to Church Street were completed in 2016 and to Bell Street earlier this year.  

Test Valley Borough Council’s planning portfolio holder, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “This project continues the work to enhance Romsey town centre for both residents and visitors to enjoy. The scheme will complement our historic town centre and will significantly improve pedestrian access as well as creating new spaces to sit and enjoy the Market Place.  
“Over the past few years, Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have invested a huge amount of money in Romsey and it is great that the project is now nearing completion.” 

The main element of the proposed improvements is the large piazza style build out that will encompass the current Lord Palmerston Statue within the middle of Market Place.  

For more information visit: www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/marketplaceromsey