Test Valley

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Test Valley

Borough of Test Valley
Test Valley shown within Hampshire
Test Valley shown within Hampshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Hampshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Andover
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Test Valley Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPs Kit Malthouse
Caroline Nokes
 • Total 242.3 sq mi (627.6 km2)
Area rank 67th (of 326)
(mid-2017 est.)
 • Total 124,000
 • Rank 184th (of 326)
 • Density 510/sq mi (200/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.9% White
Time zone UTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code 24UN (ONS)
E07000093 (GSS)
OS grid reference SU3560537973
Website www.testvalley.gov.uk

Test Valley is a local government district and borough in Hampshire, England, named after the valley of the River Test. Its council is based in Andover.

The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by a merger of the boroughs of Andover and Romsey, along with Andover Rural District and Romsey and Stockbridge Rural District.

Test Valley covers some 250 square miles (650 km2) of western Hampshire, stretching from boundaries with Southampton in the south to Newbury in the north. Test Valley is a predominantly rural area. It encompasses the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The River Test is the centrepiece of the Test Valley; the river is a chalk stream of particular beauty known for its fishing, salmon and trout, which Lord Crickhowell (onetime chairman of the National Rivers Authority) said "should be treated as a great work of art or music". Home of the Houghton Fishing Club, an exclusive fishing club founded in 1822, which meets in the Grosvenor Hotel in Stockbridge.

In December 2006, Sport England published a survey which revealed that residents of Test Valley were the 8th most active in England in sports and other fitness activities. 26.9% of the population participate at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes.[1]

In March 2012 Test Valley was ranked 14th best rural area to live out of 119 local authority areas in Great Britain by the Halifax. This was based on factors including employment and income levels, the weather, health and life expectancy, education, crime, broadband access and other things.[2][3]

Local elections

The council is elected every 4 years, with the latest elections occurring in May 2015, coinciding with national local elections. 48 seats are available in 24 wards.

As of May 12, 2017, the council affiliation was as follows:[4]

Party Number of councillors
Conservative 37
Liberal Democrat 9
Independent 2

Following the latest election (in 2015), Jan Lovell (Winton ward) of the Conservatives defected and now sits as an Independent.


Test Valley is separated into 24 wards:[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Sport England Active People Survey National Factsheet". 2007. Archived from the original (XLS) on January 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Test Valley Scores in Top 20 Rural Areas to Live, Says The Halifax". Inspired Community. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Halifax Survey Ranks Test Valley as 14th Best Rural Area to Live". Inspired Community.
  4. ^ "Elected Representatives". Test Valley Borough Council. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Interactive Map of Wards". Test Valley Borough Council. Retrieved 12 May 2017.

External links

  • Test Valley Borough website

Coordinates: 51°08′22″N 1°29′28″W / 51.1394°N 1.491°W / 51.1394; -1.491

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