A GRASSROOTS party looking to put local issues over national politics launched its manifesto on Saturday.

Andover Alliance, a group of independents, launched a 24-page manifesto for the town and surrounding villages, with an aim to get people elected at all levels of local government this May.

Among its policy promises includes creating a fully-funded youth service and drop-in centre for young people, creating a paid veterans officer role at the borough council and increase housing priority for ex-armed forces.

‘Chantry Centre demolition’ was also noted among plans for town centre regeneration, as well as a covered market and improved parking.

The party also seeks to scrap Andover BID and create an Andover Credit Union to help stamp out loan sharks.

Founder Richard Rowles, a current Andover town councillor, said: “All too often when presented with an issue our individual councils say ‘not our problem’. We aim to change that with your help and support. Together, we can bring about the positive changes that Andover so desperately needs.”