10 MAY 2017

New Leader of Test Valley

I was honoured and humbled to be formally elected as the new leader of Test Valley Borough Council today.

I have some big shoes to fill. Cllr Ian Carr has led Test Valley assiduously and expertly for 18 years – and leaves an extraordinary legacy – of which he should be rightly proud.

I now want to build upon that success. I want to lead a Council that makes it clear that if you're a resident who lives in Test Valley, a business that plies its trade in Test Valley or an organisation that operates in Test Valley we will be on your side, helping you achieve your aspirations.

One of my first decisions is to create a new Cabinet post for Economic Development & Tourism, which shows that Test Valley is firmly focused on attracting investment into the Borough. I also recognise the major challenges facing our town centres which is an area the new Portfolio will focus on.

Another one of my priorities for the year ahead is to bed in the new leisure contract, and oversee the development of the new Andover Leisure Centre and improvements to Romsey Rapids and Knightwood.

There are also some exciting plans for the redevelopment of the former Andover Magistrates Court on the horizon. So watch this space.

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Address: Cllr Phil North, C/O TVBC, Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3AJ.

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