High Street revamp in the 'wrong area'

First published in News

PLANS to spend half a million pounds upgrading parts of the top of the town just past the Upper High Street have been criticised by county councillor Tony Hooke.

Councillor Hooke says other parts of the town such as the lower High Street, London Street and Bridge Street need more urgent attention.

The county’s proposals for the area from Newbury Street through to Chantry Street, which have been developed in consultation with Test Valley Borough Council, are to improve pavement and road surfacing and formalise crossing points for pedestrians. They also want to raise the road level to encourage traffic to slow down, to discourage unnecessary through traffic and make the area more attractive for its users whilst maintaining provision for delivery vehicles and access to business and residential premises.

A borough council spokesman said: “The scheme has been the subject of public consultation.

This included an exhibition of the plans in October last year as well as details appearing at the Summit Success event at the end of last year.”

But Tony Hooke said: “They are planning to spend £530,000 but it is at the wrong end of town.”

Much of the money is coming from developer contributions plus £105,000 paid in fines levied on lorries using restricted routes.

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1:51pm Sat 26 Apr 14

lizferla says...

You would think its their own money they are throwing around in TVBC!
£530,000 on an area of the town that has a gambling shop but not much more
£9000 on 3 planters with a tree and a few plants in each
Andover Football club
Skate Parks
What planet do this lot live on?
You would think its their own money they are throwing around in TVBC! £530,000 on an area of the town that has a gambling shop but not much more £9000 on 3 planters with a tree and a few plants in each Andover Football club Skate Parks What planet do this lot live on? lizferla
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8:20am Sun 27 Apr 14

Lol the Troll says...

It does seem vast amount of money procured from developers contributions ( an indirect tax on new hoses) aka section 106 agreements seem to be spent in very controversial ways. The bus station nearly, 3,000,000 and Weyhill cycle path scheme. I don't know how rigorous the process is to spending this money and exactly what it can be spent on. It does seem that the bus stop project includes other things nothing to do with travel, like a new bus drivers rest room. Nothing against bus drivers,but they work for a private company ! And a kiosk coffe shop? And some offices?..?... Call it a project, say it was identified in a plan and bobs your uncle!. No cost for Weyhill cycle path, but read some washy washy statement that lots of the cost is being picked up by the county when re surfacing the road !
It does seem vast amount of money procured from developers contributions ( an indirect tax on new hoses) aka section 106 agreements seem to be spent in very controversial ways. The bus station nearly, 3,000,000 and Weyhill cycle path scheme. I don't know how rigorous the process is to spending this money and exactly what it can be spent on. It does seem that the bus stop project includes other things nothing to do with travel, like a new bus drivers rest room. Nothing against bus drivers,but they work for a private company ! And a kiosk coffe shop? And some offices?..?... Call it a project, say it was identified in a plan and bobs your uncle!. No cost for Weyhill cycle path, but read some washy washy statement that lots of the cost is being picked up by the county when re surfacing the road ! Lol the Troll
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