In 2021, we reported on the local authority plans for redeveloping Andover Town Centre. Due to the pandemic, some of these plans have been understandingly delayed, but the plans are still intended to go ahead and you can read more on the Andover Town and Vision Masterplan website.
In 2021, Test Valley Borough Council announced plans to invest in further cultural development in Andover, as part of their ongoing commitment to redevelop the town centre. The plans will see the local authority invest over £200k into events over an initial 18-month time period.
Working with Hemingway Design, who were also asked to create the plans for the town’s redevelopment, there are a variety of things said to be in the pipeline that we can look forward to in the coming months. Their recommendations focus on high quality events for the town, which appeal to a range of audiences and are free wherever possible. They also encourage providing opportunities for local businesses and suppliers to learn and grow, and ensuring events offer a really fantastic experience for those attending.
The council plans to make use of space across the town centre, including the High Street, Town Mills riverside park, Chantry Centre and beyond.
Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, councillor Phil North, said:
“This is such an exciting time for the town and I can’t wait for us to work with our partners, including the BID, to bring these events to life.
“While regeneration is undoubtedly about physical changes it’s also important that we focus on cultural regeneration. It’s crucial that we recognise how people feel when they visit Andover and how they use the town, as that will be key to creating a vibrant town centre.
“We want to encourage people to stay in the town centre for longer, so we’re keen to create events that transition from day to night. We are looking to build on the success of the artisan markets and design a programme of fantastic food and drink fairs and festivals, drawing in top quality traders.
“It’s going to be a really busy couple of years ahead but we hope that these amazing events will really help to set the tone for the Andover of the future.”
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