Romsey Extra is a large Parish of 3,306 hectares with a population of 4,826 (2010), which surrounds the town of Romsey and includes the villages of Abbotswood, Ashfield, Lee, Moorcourt, Skidmore, Pauncefoot, Halterworth and Stanbridge Earls. The latter village was a royal possession in Saxon times, and the 17th Century house is said to be on the site of King Aethelwulf's manor house.

Broadlands House is set on the River Test immediately to the South of Romsey and Viscount Palmerston employed Lancelot ("Capability") Brown to improve the mansion in 1767-8. Further alterations were made by Holland in 1788. Lord Palmerston, the Victorian Prime Minister was born here, and the house was the home of the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma.


Public Consultation - Community Governance Review


As you may be aware, Test Valley Borough Council is undertaking a Community Governance Review in response to a request from Romsey Town Council to extend its boundaries.

 The Community Governance Review is now at the “Second Consultation” Stage, and we are seeking views on:-

  • The Draft Recommendations prepared by the Council
  • Any further proposals which have not been included in the Draft Recommendations, which you feel should be considered by the Council;

This second round of consultation will run from 8 April to 3 June 2022.

All representations are welcomed; the Council is keen to hear from those wishing to support the Draft Recommendations, as well as comments seeking changes to those Draft Recommendations. Please ensure that your representation is submitted by 3 June 2022.

The Council considered the “First Consultation” responses and determined its “Draft Recommendations” at a meeting of the Council on 6 April 2022. A copy of the report and other relevant documents is available on the Council’s Community Governance Review website:-

A document setting out the Draft Recommendations is available on the Website. Maps showing the changes are also available on the Website.

In summary, it is proposed that Romsey Extra Parish Council is abolished, and the majority of Romsey Extra Parish transferred to Romsey Town, administered by Romsey Town Council. A small part of Romsey Extra (adjacent to Awbridge Parish, to the north of the Old Salisbury Road) is proposed to be transferred to Awbridge Parish Council.

Romsey Town Council would remain warded, but the three existing wards would be extended to have the same boundaries as the Borough Council Wards for Romsey. A fourth ward (Romsey Extra) would be created covering the remaining area of the extended Romsey Town.

Responses can be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by writing to:

Community Governance Review (Legal and Democratic Services)

Test Valley Borough Council

Beech Hurst

Weyhill Road


SP10 3AJ

Further details about the Review, including maps and information about current parish arrangements in Test Valley, are available on our website at

If you have any questions about the Review please do contact Howard Bone, Senior Solicitor, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01264 368467.


Platinum Jubilee Card Competition

It is with great excitement that primary age children (4-11year olds) in Test Valley are invited to take part in a competition to design a picture which will be made into an Anniversary Card in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which is being celebrated in June 2022.

This card will be signed by the Mayor of Test Valley, as first citizen of the borough, and sent to the Queen on behalf of all the residents in Test Valley.

This is a great opportunity to show off artistic skills and royal knowledge. Pictures can be drawn, painted or collaged in A4 or A5 size.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Test Valley will personally choose the winner. There is a £70 voucher to be won and the Mayor would like to offer the winner and 3 friends/family an opportunity to visit him the Mayor’s Parlour for tea and cake.

We very much look forward to receiving entries, in hard copy, to The Mayor’s Office, Beech Hurst Council Offices, Weyhill Road, Andover, SP10 3AZ. Posted or dropped in at the reception desk by Friday 29 April.

*Please ensure a name and contact mobile number/email are included.

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