Stakeholder Meeting
4 March 2021

The first Andover Vision meeting of 2021 took place virtually and was a great success! More than 45 stakeholders came along and contributed on the night, sharing their ideas and taking part in discussions on what the Vision can do in the future to continue playing an important role for Andover and the community.

Cllr Phil North commenced proceedings by highlighting that the pandemic had given the opportunity for both individuals and communities to reflect and reconsider what they really value, with the Vision’s ambitions being ever more relevant. He then mentioned the significance of the breakout room discussions that had been planned for the evening, with the aim of bringing together partners from different backgrounds to build upon the Vision’s key ambitions and shape Andover Vision’s goals for the future.

We then had updates from our stakeholders, who told us about what they have in plan for the year ahead:

Shelley Coburn, from Andover Business Improvement District (BID), provided an overview of upcoming events in and around the Town Centre, such as the upcoming Easter Holiday Factory Trail this Easter. Further exciting events that celebrate Andover’s local businesses and the town centre are planned throughout the year – follow the LoveAndover and InAndover websites and Facebook pages to stay in the loop!

Maggie Shelton, from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, introduced to stakeholders the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership Scheme. The scheme aims to work in partnership with community groups and businesses to care for and celebrate the River Anton in Andover. There are currently plenty of opportunities to get involved – interested groups can take part in: an exciting photography competition; water-saving initiatives; sharing stories projects and many more. Get in touch and involved by emailing winterbournes@hiwwt.org.uk.

  

Kevin Harrington, Head of Parks & Countryside at Test Valley Borough Council, spoke about the proposed new community engagement plan for Vigo Road Recreation Ground. The public consultation will be used to inform the creation of a management plan for the park and the set-up of a Friends Group prior to the application for Green Flag in 2022/23. 

For more information about any of our stakeholders' updates, or if you would like to get involved, email andovervision@testvalley.gov.uk. We look forward to seeing you again soon!