Re-opening town centres

Visitors will be able to shop safely in Test Valley thanks to the introduction of a variety of new measures to protect people from the spread of coronavirus, as high streets up and down the country prepare to reopen on 15 June.

The government announced the closure of all shops selling non-essential items back in March. But with the restrictions starting to ease, many local shops are expected to reopen to customers.

In a bid to encourage people to return to the town centre, TVBC has confirmed that it will be free to park for up to two hours in all of its car parks until 22 July. You can find information about car parks and parking charges here.

  • Safety measures in Andover

    Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) has been working with Andover Business Improvement District (BID) and Hampshire County Council to install new ‘keep left’ signage along the lanes to and from the car parks, introduce new social distancing and hygiene signage, and change the layout of the market on a Thursday and Saturday to ensure shoppers can stay far enough apart. 

    In the Chantry Centre they have installed hand sanitiser dispensers, introduced one-way systems and. and have closed benches and children’s rides to help prevent the virus from spreading through contact with hard surfaces.

    For more information click here

  • Safety measures in Romsey

    Businesses have introduced screens to protect customers and shoppers as well as new contactless payment options. And Test Valley Borough Council has been working with Romsey Town Council and Hampshire County Council to install new social distancing signs and introduce one-way systems for pedestrians between Broadwater Car Park and The Hundred, Newton Lane Car Park and Bell Street, and  Alma Road Car Park and Latimer Street 

    They are also putting in place warning signs for drivers entering The Hundred to advise them to drive carefully as pedestrians are likely to be in the carriageway.

    For more information click here

Your feedback is important

Our aim is to make accessing your local town centre as safe as possible, not make it difficult.

If there is anything you think we can do to improve your experience, please contact us on 01264 368000 or email info@testvalley.gov.uk