Local residents and businesses were asked their views on three options proposed by the County Council, in conjunction with Test Valley Borough Council, to improve Market Place and make it an even more attractive destination for shoppers and visitors during a consultation last year. One option has now been selected, allowing detailed design of the Market Place scheme to begin. The preferred scheme is Option 1, which will provide a pedestrian area on the northern side of the Market Place, whilst retaining all vehicle movements as well as allowing greater accessibility for all.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “The Market Place works are the third and largest part of an overall enhancement project for Romsey Town Centre - to boost economic prosperity by encouraging more people to visit and stay longer. 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.
“I’d like to thank all the businesses and residents who took part in the consultation. It has been important for us to capture as many views as possible in order to develop an option which is best for everyone in Romsey.”
The Market Street scheme follows an earlier scheme in Church Street, which has now been finished, and an enhancement scheme for Bell Street which will be completed in 2018.
Test Valley Borough Council Planning Policy and Transport Portfolio Holder, Councillor Martin Hatley, said: “I’m pleased to hear that the Project Board has announced a decision having carefully considered the results of the public consultation. The first phase of the overall Romsey improvements in Church Street was a huge success, so we are looking forward to continuing the good work in other areas of the town. I’d like to thank everyone who submitted their comments during the consultation.”
Hampshire County Council Leader, and Member for Romsey Extra, Councillor Roy Perry added: “We have worked closely with our colleagues at Test Valley Borough Council, local businesses and residents - and listened to what people have thought about various options to make Market Place more attractive to visitors and local shoppers, and option one got unanimous support from the steering group. 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. It is all part of Hampshire’s aim to help our Market Towns.”
Further information is available at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/romseytowncentre