COUNCILLORS are set to decide whether to apply to the government for a share of its Levelling Up Fund to accelerate planned regeneration of Andover town centre.

As previously reported, Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) has announced that it plans to apply to the government for up to £20 million to help set in motion the Andover masterplan and make major changes to the town centre.

Top priorities outlined are a brand new park, a riverside footpath, a new cultural hub and a relocation of the town’s theatre.

READ MORE: Levelling Up Fund: Test Valley Borough Council plans to bid for £20m from government

TVBC is proposing to submit a bid for a share of the government’s £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund. Launched in March this year, the money aims to improve infrastructure across the country, with a particular focus on helping to regenerate town centres and high streets, as well as cultural and heritage assets and transport.

As the Advertiser went to print, members were attending a special meeting to discuss the proposed bid application.

Applications close on July 6 2022 and, if successful, the council will need to begin the project by April 2023 and complete it by March 31 2025.

Subject to members agreeing to submit the bid, the council will find out later this year if it has been successful.

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