TEST Valley Borough Council suspended action against Andover traders who display A board advertisements in the town Centre following publication of the story on the front page of Friday’s Andover Advertiser. Council leader Ian Carr said: “I have seen some of the comments about the current action being taken by the Council against shopkeepers for unauthorised advertisements, following a recent complaint. “I recognise the need to uphold the law but I am worried that the current action may harm the vitality of Andover town centre. “This is a subject which is particularly close to my heart having recently chaired the Andover Summit seeking ways to reinvigorate the town centre. I have, therefore, personally intervened and asked officers to suspend all current action in the town in relation to unauthorised advertising, which includes ‘A’ boards.

“I will be asking the Reviewing Planning Controls working group, set up following the Andover Summit, to come up with solutions which meet the needs of local traders who are vital to the economic prosperity of our town. I am confident that the working group will be able to find a way forward.”