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Borough makes space for community banners
10:39am Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
ROADSIDE banners advertising fetes and other community events will be allowed in the Test Valley – but only at three council-approved sites.
Test Valley Borough Council’s announcement comes a couple of years after the authority ordered event organisers to remove roadside signs which had been put up without planning permission.
Now the authority is providing a free advertising site on the A27 near Romsey Rapids, where organisers of “non-commercial charity” events can put up banners. Other locations are at the council’s HQ in Andover and Vigo Road recreation ground in the town.
Would-be advertisers have to book a time slot.
Borough leader Ian Carr said: “The introduction of the banner sites is part of a package designed to help make it easier to spread the word about what’s going on in Test Valley. The banner sites are a useful community resource and support the council’s aim to encourage all of our communities to reach their full potential. “The visibility of the sites in Andover and Romsey means that they provide a useful source of free publicity for local charitable and community events, and I would encourage local groups to make full use of the facility.”
Guidelines and an online booking form are available at testvalley.gov. uk/charitybanners
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