Nigel Long

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New Bus services for Andover.

by nigellong on 8 January, 2015

A new bus operator has taken over some of the routes that operates from the new Andover bus station. Wheelers bright orange bus’s started their new contract from Monday 5th January. Wheelers brings a new network of routes serving Andover and the local estates as well as rural links to Stockbridge and Salisbury. These are […]

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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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Application for Sex Shop Licence.

by nigellong on 18 November, 2014

A application has been received from the Erotica Belle Ltd for a renewal of a sex shop license for their premises at 2 the Broadway, Andover. This is currently the only licensed sex shop in the Test Valley Borough, and will go before the licensing committee for determination. This type of shop has to renew […]

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Mobile Library Service Cut.

by nigellong on 24 September, 2014

Hampshire County Council has announced cuts to its mobile library service, some will affect people around Andover. The service needs to reduce its budget by £300,000 by the end of March 2015. They are reducing the mobile library service by taking out the least well used stops. The service currently visits 345 stops across Hampshire […]

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More Cash needed for Bus services

by nigellong on 10 March, 2014

Elderly & disabled people face losing vital bus services as government funding cuts leave cash strapped councils unable to keep picking up the bill for free travel. Councils have a statutory duty to provide free off peak travel for elderly & disabled residents through the national concessionary fares scheme. The problem lies with the fact […]

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Pilgrims Cross School set to expand.

by nigellong on 11 February, 2014

Hampshire County Council have just published details that the Pilgrims Cross CE Primary School, Andover is set to expand. Following local consultation, no objections were  received and therefore unconditional approval is given to proceed. The reason for this decision is that this will provide additional capacity for children of primary age in a area where […]

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Parking problem solved?

by nigellong on 23 August, 2013

Cars parking on double yellow lines were making it impossible for Test Valleys refuse collection vehicle  to access the Borsberry Close area. The local residents were complaining to me that their bins had not been emptied for the last two weeks as the refuse tuck could not get in. This meant that extra attempts were […]

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New Footbridge for Picket Twenty

by nigellong on 16 June, 2013

Major works to construct a new footpath over the A3093 to the east of the town have started. This new footbridge will enable the residents of the expanding new community at Picket Twenty, to have a safe crossing of the busy Road and offer a alternative route to the Town via London Road. It will […]

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Bus underpass opened at Picket Twenty

by nigellong on 16 May, 2013

The new underpass which connects the new community at Picket Twenty to the town centre has opened last week. This will dispel the rumors that were going round town that the developers had built the underpass to low for the bus’s to drive through! This was built with contributions from the developers at Picket Twenty, […]

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Habels set to close store

by nigellong on 10 May, 2013

  The Andover Shopping experience is set to get worse with this weeks announcement that Habels have made the decision to close its store. The furniture store is located in Black Swan Yard, has closed its doors and is getting the shop ready for its final sale of all stock. This closing down sale will […]

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Council tax Increase

by nigellong on 23 February, 2013

Yesterdays full Council meeting voted to increase the Council tax for the hard pressed people of Test Valley. This was despite a proposal from the Lib Dem Councilors to use some of the money that they receive for the new homes bonus that they get.By using this money there would have been no increase to […]

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by nigellong on 27 January, 2013

With homelessness rapidly raising across the Country, local residents have been asking what is available for people in this area? Fortunately in Test Valley there is not a serious problem of sleeping rough. Earlier this week I met up with local charities to find out more. Services for street homeless are provided by Two Saints […]

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Time to recycle your Christmas tree!

by nigellong on 3 January, 2013

As you start to take down your tinsel & box up your baubles, Test valley Council will be on hand to help you recycle those Christmas trees. Though the pine needles may be turning brown, you can stay green by dropping off their trees at one of the following disposal sites: Homebase Enham arch retail […]

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Remembrance Day.

by nigellong on 9 November, 2012

This Sunday is the Remembrance Day Parade. I am sure that many of our Town will join in this years service at St Mary’s church & for the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 11am. It’s always a moving occasion, involving both young members of our armed forces & veterans from previous conflicts […]

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November’s important Police & crime commissioner election will decide the future of Policing in our area. In Andover it’s a straight choice between  the conservatives, who have let down Hampshire residents on crime & failed to protect front-line Police from cuts, or the Lib Dems who have stood up against County waste & cuts & […]

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