THE borough council has funded a project that has already helped reduce litter and crack down on anti-social behaviour, it says.

Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) provided a £1,000 councillor community grant to Plaitford Village Hall, near Romsey, the funds from which have since been used to install a new security barrier at the site.

The hall trustees applied for the funding in a bid to help cut down on anti-social behaviour and litter that has been left in the car park. Having now been installed for two months, Blackwater ward members, councillors Nick Adams-King and Gordon Bailey have been pleased with the results.

Cllr Adams-King said: “I know how much the residents value their hall and to be able to ensure the area around it is cleaner and tidier is exactly what these councillor community grants are supposed to be used for.

“There has been less anti-social behaviour and a lot less litter, so I’m pleased the new barrier is proving to be a good use of funds so far.”