Nigel Long

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Fury at Plans for 512 new homes.

by nigellong on 27 November, 2014

  A big thank you to every one who contacted me with their views on the developer Persimmon homes, controversial plans to expand the development at Picket Twenty. The Andover Advertiser published the story on the 21st November with a letter from me raising my concerns over lack of infrastructure for the original Picket Twenty […]

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Travellers at Shepherd Spring Car Park

by nigellong on 13 August, 2013

In the last few day’s up to 35 caravans have been parked up in the Shepherd spring Lane car park. This has caused a number of complaints from local residents, concerns over the noise of generators running late at night. the travellers are  thought to be heading for the Dorset steam Rally. Legal proceedings to […]

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Andover parking and signage

by nigellong on 16 May, 2013

The Andover summit group working on parking and signage has produced it four point action plan. It focuses on possible introduction of on-street dash and go parking, selective reductions to parking charges to boost Christmas shoppers and visitors to events. The phasing out of old style ticket machines to allow alternative payment options, also reviewing […]

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Skate Board Park for Andover

by nigellong on 11 April, 2013

The prospect of a skate board park in Andover took a step further, when funding for this project was approved at a cabinet meeting in Romsey. The site for this is in Shepherd Spring car park. This park will be for skate boards, BMX and scooter use. At yesterdays meeting I spoke in favor of […]

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Let Common Sense Prevail?

by nigellong on 13 February, 2013

After complaints from just one local resident to Test Valley Council, enforcement officers were telling the shop keepers of our Town that they had to remove A-boards and advertising signs. Although the Council has a duty to respond to alleged breaches of planning and advertising regulations, hopefully common sense will prevail. With shops closing at […]

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Andovers war memorial

by nigellong on 12 February, 2013

I feel that few subjects in Andover generate as much debate as the future of our Town’s War Memorial. The Memorial date from 1920, with 213 names of Andover men who fell in the great war. In 1956 it was moved from the High Street to its present position in St Mary’s Church Memorial gardens. […]

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Local Schools set to expand?

by nigellong on 4 February, 2013

Hampshire County Council are proposing to enlarge Vigo Infant and Junior Schools. The huge increase in housing in the Andover area and the rise in birth rates has meant that school places are in short supply. The plan is to increase the intake to a 3 form entry. My concerns are that this increase in […]

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Andover High Street disgrace

by nigellong on 12 January, 2013

The uneven block pavement in our Andover High Street is a disgrace. The amount of people suffering trips & falls is steadily rising, which is totally unacceptable. The blame I feel should be directed at Hampshire County Council & their contractors for this shoddy work in our town. The block paving is put onto a […]

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Have your say on changes to Social Housing

by nigellong on 19 October, 2012

Hampshire Home Choice (HHC) is encouraging residents to have their say on proposed changes to the provision of social housing. Changes to the law following the introduction of the localism act 2011, Armed Forces Regulations 2012 & the impending Welfare Reform Act 2012 will affect who can apply for social housing, how people are prioritised […]

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Vigo Recreation Ground results

by nigellong on 23 September, 2012

After complaints of anti social behaviour in the Vigo Recreation ground, meetings with local residents,police, TVBC officers & your local Councilors were held in the Andover bowls club. The idea of these meetings were to find ways to solve the problems that have been disturbing residents in the Recreation Road area. Mainly groups of  young […]

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Pub renamed.

by nigellong on 22 September, 2012

Today sees the renaming of one of Andover’s oldest pubs back to the previous name of the Globe. The brewery had changed it to the Victoria Cross, with a sign showing a version of the cross, which many ex service personal found in bad taste. Resulting in many complaints. When the new tenants moved in, […]

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Council Tax Benifit is changing

by nigellong on 30 August, 2012

Press Release: The Government is planning to abolish Council Tax Benefit as part of its wider welfare reform programme and has asked councils across the country to develop local Council Tax Support schemes to be introduced by 1 April 2013. Test Valley Borough Council has this week launched a public consultation which includes current claimants, […]

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PACT Meeting for Vigo Recreation Ground

by nigellong on 10 July, 2012

This evening I attended a meeting to try & address some of the problems that local residents are having in this area. The Recreation ground is an area where there are two main problems. Environmental- A large amount of litter is left by users of the area. Plus the unpleasant remains of people allowing their […]

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Fly tipping all clear

by nigellong on 2 July, 2012

The good news is that the Illegal fly tipping on Pilgrims way has now gone. After residents had contacted me, I informed the environmental department. They quickly traced the culprits & informed them that if they did not remove it over the weekend then they would have no option but start legal proceedings against them. […]

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Yet more Housing for Picket Twenty?

by nigellong on 29 June, 2012

Come along & have your views heard! There is a public exhibition to be held in Andover’s Guildhall, High Street on Tuesday, 3rd July from 3pm until 7.30pm. This is your opportunity to view the possible extension plans & talk to the developer, Persimmon Homes. The site at Picket Twenty already has planning approval for […]

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