MULTI-million-pound plans to reinvigorate Andover town centre have taken a major step forward.

Test Valley Borough Council has bought the Chantry Centre outright, in a deal worth £7.2million.

The agreement will allow the council to ‘push forward’ with a project of creating a ‘Cultural Quarter’ on the former magistrates court site while also undertaking works on the Chantry Centre to provide a major redevelopment of Andover town centre.

Also in this week’s paper:

- Full list of borough council election candidates in your ward

- Tribute to four-year-old boy’s legacy after his battle with a brain tumour

- Model looking for love takes her search to TV

- ‘Despicable thieves’ steal from community store by hiding goods in their skirts

- Fresh criticism for contentious waste incinerator plans

- Work begins to clear fire-ravaged site of Ocado warehouse blaze

- News from our patches, including Whitchurch and Overton and Tidworth and Ludgershall

- Two pages of YOUR letters

- Two pages of local sport

And much, much more!

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