Test Valley

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Test Valley
Borough of Test Valley
Test Valley shown within Hampshire
Test Valley shown within Hampshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyHampshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQAndover
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyTest Valley Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsKit Malthouse
Caroline Nokes
 • Total242.3 sq mi (627.6 km2)
 • Rank67th (of 309)
 • Total130,492
 • Rank180th (of 309)
 • Density540/sq mi (210/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.9% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code24UN (ONS)
E07000093 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU3560537973

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[edit]

The council is elected every 4 years, with the latest elections occurring in May 2019, coinciding with national local elections. 43 seats are available in 20 wards.

As of 2 May 2019, the council affiliation was as follows:[4]

Party Number of councillors
Conservative 24
Liberal Democrat 12
Andover Alliance 7


Test Valley is separated into 20 wards:[5]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Borough Elections 2 May 2019 - Results". Test Valley Borough Council. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Map of Wards". Test Valley Borough Council. Retrieved 12 May 2017.

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