THE scaffolding surround the Guildhall in Andover has now been removed, with long-running works on the building almost complete.

Commenting following the removal of the structures, leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Cllr Phil North, said: “It’s brilliant to see the scaffolding down for the Guildhall and hopefully everyone who walks by can get a true sense of the level and detail of the work that has gone on.

"While much of the painstaking work is also underneath the Bath stone, I’m sure visitors to the town centre will appreciate just how much better this historic building looks now.

“My thanks to Stonewest for their hard work and for giving me the opportunity recently to explore their craft in action.

"While there are a couple of final pieces of work still to go, such as a good clean around the building, I’m pleased to see the last of the scaffolding come down this week.”

The Grade II listed building at the heart of the high street has been undergoing a major programme of restoration since June, including repairs and cleaning, for the first time since 1991.

The hall has served for many years as the political hub of Andover, with its rooms used to accommodate meetings and functions.