19 NOV 2017

Visit to Chilbolton Down Composting Facility

Ever wondered where the contents of your green waste bin go to get recycled? The answer is Chilbolton Down composting plant near Stockbridge where it gets turned into pro-gro and other green products. I joined several of my councillor colleagues on a visit earlier this week. We can all be very proud that well over 90% of our waste in Test Valley is either recycled or turned into electricity - and our green waste operation is part of that.

23 OCT 2017

El Alamein Commemoration Day

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of El Alamein, the key turning point in the Second World War. As Churchill remarked: "Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat." Yesterday the village of Enham Alamein came together, as it does every year, to celebrate that victory and remember those who died in the service of mankind. Many of the injured from that battle were brought back to Enham to undergo their recovery - and in recognition of their liberation Egypt gifted Enham the modern day equivalent of £6.5m to help care for...

19 OCT 2017

Parking Charges Frozen for 2018/19

At last night's Cabinet meeting I announced the good news that parking tariffs will be frozen across the borough for another year. The Cabinet were considering the annual Fees and Charges report, which reserved the right to bring back a further report to increase parking charges for 2018/19. We were very clear though that this report would not be required and that we have no plans to increase car parking charges at this time. When I was elected to the leadership of Test Valley I made it clear that one of my top priorities was to sustain and rejuvenate our town centres. In Romsey we have...

17 OCT 2017

Test Valley Tour - Romsey Abbey

Since becoming leader of the Council, I have been touring Test Valley getting to know, in detail, the various communities across the Borough. I continued my tour yesterday with a visit to Romsey Abbey ward – being shown around by local Councillor, Ian Richards. I had a brief tour of King John's House and Heritage Centre, before heading to the Memorial Park and the successful kiosk run by former Councillor, Sally Lamb. After a quick stop at La Parisienne for a café au lait it was on to Bell Street to have a look at the highway improvement works being undertaken in partnership with...

13 OCT 2017

Democracy Week at Smannell & Enham Primary School

The children of Smannell & Enham Primary School took to the polls last week to vote in their new school council; known as the Junior Governors. As a former pupil, I was delighted to be asked to give a talk about my role leading Test Valley Borough Council, the fundamental importance of democracy in my job and to offer some campaigning advice to the children. The votes were counted by the school's ambassadors Verity and Eswyn and the results declared to the excited audience at Friday's Celebration Worship. It is important our young people understand and value our democratic system as it is...

12 OCT 2017

Improving Recycling Opportunities in Test Valley

Yesterday I visited the Veolia Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Alton and the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Chineham. The MRF is where the contents of your brown bin go to be sorted and recycled and the ERF is the destination for the contents of your black bin - to be turned into electricity. Did you know that significantly less than 10% of all waste in Hampshire goes to landfill? And we are working with our partners across the county to identify more ways for our residents to recycle.

02 OCT 2017

Business Support Event at UOS Science Park

I was pleased to be asked to chair a Test Valley business support event put on by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership at the University of Southampton Science Park in Chilworth today. I'm extremely proud that the UoS Science Park is based here in Test Valley – the economic jewel in our economic crown – supporting global and start-up businesses and hundreds of jobs. In fact, some of the businesses in the Catalyst Centre have benefited from Test Valley's Business Start-up grant. This support for new and small businesses is now part of our DNA in Test Valley and one of the many...

25 SEP 2017

New Pathway for Knights Enham Church

I was delighted to open the new accessible pathway outside St Michael & All Angels Church in Knights Enham yesterday. A real difference from the muddy, uneven gravel pathway that was there previously but just as in keeping with the historic 12th Century building. As Reverend Lee Davies said may all those who journey along the path be blessed.


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