The joint initiative between Andover Town Council, Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have today (Tuesday 4th February) announced they are looking “to contract with someone to provide town centre management for Andover over the next 3 years“.
The letter (copy below) invites expressions of interest until the end of February that will be followed by a formal tender stage in March.
Letter of Interest
Andover Town Centre Management Opportunity
We are seeking informal expressions of interest from individuals or companies to provide a town centre management service for Andover. Andover is a market town located in the picturesque borough of Test Valley and is home to many household companies. The town is set to grow with several large scale housing developments and new businesses bringing greater numbers to the area.
Andover is facing the challenge of meeting the needs of this new influx of residents and businesses. The town centre also faces an era of changing shopping habits and an increase in demand for leisure facilities. To help meet this challenge, Test Valley Borough Council hosted an Andover Summit which brought together a number of core partners and key interested parties from within the town. The aim of the summit was to identify actions to increase footfall and enhance the vibrancy of the town centre.
One of the key outcomes from the summit, supported by further research with local businesses, was that town centre management was an important ingredient in the drive to reinvigorate the town. This will take forward work that has already begun on other actions identified at the summit to ensure the continued vibrancy and vitality of the town.
Andover Town Council, Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council are together contributing £27,900 per annum for three years to fund this management service.
Representatives from each of these organisations will form the Andover Town Centre Management Board. It is anticipated that in future representatives of town centre businesses may join the Board.
The town centre management role, based on 22 hours a week, will include the preparation and implementation of an action plan for the town. This will need to be developed in collaboration with local businesses and organisations with the common aim of enhancing the town centre to encourage footfall. The action plan will also need to demonstrate its sustainability beyond the initial three years.
The Board is now seeking expressions of interest prior to issuing a formal tender. The outcome will be to commission an individual or company to provide a town centre management service, initially for a period of up to three years. Informal expressions of interest should be received by Friday 28 February. Interested parties should contact Emma Silverton on 01264 368106 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Further information on the work of the Andover Summit can be found on the Borough Council’s website at:http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/business/towncentremanagement/andover-town-centre-summit/