Council Offices - Reception points closed
Following government advice, we will be closing all public reception points from 4pm, 24 March 2020.
We have a variety of services available online or over the phone.
Pay, report, apply or check something online here: testvalley.gov.uk/do-it-online-services
Our customer services team are available on 01264 368000 or 01794 527700.
All Public Council Venues - Closed
Following Government advice in response to the Coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, we have closed all of our public venues.
Waste Collection Services: Normal Service
We are taking every precaution to ensure waste collections crews minimise their interaction with each other and members of the public.
Please be aware that any side waste that is put out for collection may not be collected due to capacity issues.
All Play Parks - Closed
Following Government advice in response to the Coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, we have closed all of our play parks.
Nature Reserves and Green Spaces - Open but please follow Government Guidelines on Social Distancing
Our parks remain open for you to enjoy a safe daily walk or run to get essential exercise – but please keep at least 2 metres apart from others.
Social distancing guidelines:
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Car Park Parking Charges - suspended
Following Government announcements, we have taken the decision to suspend all car parking charges in Test Valley Borough Council car parks while the Coronavirus (covid-19) restrictions remain in place.
Events that are postponed for the foreseeable future.
- All Countryside events
- Health Walks
- Park runs - https://www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19/
- All shows at the Lights theatre - see their statement here
- Andover artisan market for April
- Andover Vision’s Climate Day of Action - www.andovervision.org.uk/andover-day-of-climate
A full list of events can be found here
Committee Meetings - Cancelled
Given the coronavirus pandemic and latest government advice, please note that a number of committee meetings have been cancelled or postponed.
We are waiting for further Government guidance around decision-making meetings, therefore plans around meetings such as full Council, Cabinet and Planning will be made on a case-by-case basis going forward.
Full details of committee meetings and their status can be found here.
Elections - Postponed
Police and Crime Commissioner Elections 7 May 2020
Following the announcement from the Government on Friday 13 March, the election for the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire Police Area has now been postponed until May 2021.
The Police Area Returning Officer for Hampshire is Mark Heath at Southampton City Council and more information about these elections can be found their website.
In order to vote in these elections, you need to be registered on the Register of Electors and you must be:
- Resident in the relevant electoral area on the date of the election;
- A British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a member state of the European Union;
- 18 years old or over
If you are an eligible elector and you are already on the Register of Electors, you do not need to re-register for this election.
Details of where your polling station is located will be found on your poll card.
Information on how to register can be found here.
As a consequence of the Covid-19 virus, the Returning Officer has taken the decision to suspend the polls in the Test Valley Borough Council by-election in the ward of Chilworth, Nursling and Rownhams and in the Parish Council by-election in Nursling and Rownhams due to be held on 19 March 2020.
Service Updates from Hampshire County Council
For the latest information about services provided by Hampshire County Council please visit: www.hants.gov.uk/coronavirus
For all the latest information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
All Household Waste Recycling Centres closed
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, all of our HWRCs will now be closed until further notice
Due to a huge increase in the number of people visiting our Household Waste Recycling Centres we have had to introduce restrictions to allow sites to stay open and to operate safely for visitors and staff.
Residents are being asked to only visit them if it is absolutely necessary, and then to respect the new rules introduced to strictly limit the number of visitors on site at any time.
See https://www.hants.gov.uk/News/23032020HWRCs for further information
Hampshire County Council managed care homes
In light of the latest Government guidance on protecting elderly and vulnerable people, we have taken the decision to temporarily stop all but emergency visits to our care homes.
Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Liz Fairhurst, said: “This has not been an easy decision to make, but it is our absolute priority to ensure that vulnerable individuals, who are supported in care homes managed by the County Council, are kept as safe as possible from any potential spread of Coronavirus.
"While we recognise that contact with families is extremely important to the wellbeing of those for whom we care, we want to do everything we can to protect our elderly and vulnerable residents.
“With immediate effect, all our County Council-managed care homes have temporarily closed their doors to visitors.
“Going forward, we will be doing everything we can to support our residents to stay in touch with their families and loved ones via phone calls, video calls, instant messaging or letters.”
We are in the process of advising all residents, families and carers of this change of policy.
For more details on the national Coronavirus guidance, go to the County Council’s Coronavirus web page www.hants.gov.uk/coronavirus