Test Valley

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Test Valley
Borough of Test Valley
Borough & Non-metropolitan district
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)
Population (mid-2015 est.)
 • Total 120,700
 • Rank 184th (of 326)
 • Density 500/sq mi (190/km2)
 • Ethnicity 97.9% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
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 world-renowned 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]

Test Valley Arts Foundation is local charitable trust which exists to promote arts and local artists in the borough of Test Valley.

Council affiliation in 2015[edit]

As of May 7, 2015, it was as follows:

Party Number of councillors
Conservative 38
Liberal Democrat 9
Independent 1

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