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Regeneration Update

Video update on Aldershot regeneration plans

Rushmoor Borogh Council have published a video update on Aldershot regeneration from Leader of the Council, Councillor David Clifford.

 

 

You can also find out more on their website: www.rushmoor.gov.uk/aldershotregeneration

Oct 2017

Christmas Lights Switch-On

Christmas Lights

Date set for light's switch-on event

This year's Aldershot Town Centre Christmas Lights Switch-On will take place on Saturday 18 November. Activities, including stage and street entertainment, will begin at noon, with the light's switched on from the stage at the bottom of Union Street at 4.45pm.

The Wellington Shopping Centre have confirmed that they will be switching on their lights the following weekend, and will also be holding a Christmas Fayre on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December.

http://www.thewellingtoncentre.co.uk/

Details of other events in the town centre, including a Christmas Craft Fayre, Carols In The Bandstand, and the return of a new look Aldershot Community Christmas Festival will be announced shortly.

 

Sept 2017

Prospectus

Regeneration Plans

Follow progress on plans for regeneration

Published in January 2016, the Aldershot Town Centre Prospectus sets out a strategy for regeneration, based on viable development options to attract and support investment in the town. The document identifies specific projects at key sites in the town, including the Galleries, Union Street East, the Station and the area around the Princes Hall.

Progress on each of these sites can now be followed on the Council's website http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/article/10079/Our-regeneration-plans-for-Aldershot-town-centre

 

Sept 2017

PSPO Map

Antisocial behaviour

New measures to curb antisocial behaviour

New measures bringing stronger controls on antisocial behaviour are now being enforced in Aldershot town centre.

The Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were officially launched by Rushmoor Borough Council, Safer North Hampshire and Hampshire Constabularly at the council offices in Farnborough on Friday 1 September.

The new orders give the police and council officers greater powers to control a range of antisocial behaviours which have, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of the local community.

The PSPOs were drawn up following a public consultation earlier this year and then approved by Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet.

The council and the police have been working together to raise awareness of the new powers and signage has now been installed in key areas in Aldershot and Farnborough town centres, clearly defining the restrictions and penalties.

The restrictions address anti-social behaviour in a public place that is associated with:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • The use of psychoactive substances
  • Public urinating and defecating
  • Loitering - causing nuisance including with the intent to beg
  • Loitering and causing harassment, alarm and distress

For further information, visit http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/article/10265/New-measures-to-curb-antisocial-behaviour-enforced

 

Sept 2017

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Summer Concerts

Free Saturday concerts throughout July and August

A summer season of free music has been announced, taking place in the Princes Gardens bandstand.

Free music will be available from a variety of bands between 12noon and 2pm every Saturday from 1st July to 19th August.
 

Saturday 1 July

Cactus Brass

Saturday 8 July

Camberley District Silver Band

Saturday 15 July

Band of the Royal Logistic Corps

Saturday 22 July

Cove Brass

Saturday 29 July

Aldershot Live Music Day

Saturday 5 August

Farnborough Concert Band

Saturday 12 August

Trad's Army Dixieland Jazz Band

Saturday 19 August

Bagshot Concert Band



More information is available at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/bandstand

June 2017

Anytime Fitness Logo

New Gym to Open

The Wellington Centre welcomes Anytime Fitness

Aldershot welcomes new 24 Hour Gym, Antime Fitness in the town centre.

The leisure provider, located on the ground floor of the Wellington Centre is set to open in July 2017

Works to reconfigure the site are currently taking place.

The new Aldershot gym will be fitted out with a mix of cardio and weight training equipment from Life Fitness, that has been designed to suit a wide range of training goals.

www.thewellingtoncentre.co.uk
www.anytimefitness.co.uk

May 2017

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Live Music Day

Free one-day music festival in Aldershot this July

Saturday 29 July, Aldershot town centre.

The free one-day music festival is now in its seventh year and offers local singers and bands a chance to play live on stage.  Last year's event saw more than 20 acts perform.

Three stages will be set up across the town centre, at the crossroads of Union Street and Wellington Street, the Princes Gardens bandstand and the Westgate leisure complex.

Apply to take part

If you are interested in performing on the day, please complete our participation form at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/livemusicday

May 2017

Namaste Estates Logo

Aldershot welcomes new Estate Agent in town centre

Estate Agent 'Namaste Estates' has now opened in Union Street.

Namaste Estates is an independent estate agent that can handle all of a customers real estate needs, including buying, selling, renting or property management. They are equally proud to say that they are 100% locally owned and operated,  live in the community and strongly believe that Aldershot is a great place to call home.

More information about the estate agent can be found at www.namaste-estates.co.uk or like them at www.facebook.com/namasteestates

April 2017

Victoria Day 2014

Victoria Day 2017

Returning to Aldershot town centre on Saturday 10 June

Come and join the Aldershot community for one of the biggest highlights of the year, Victoria Day.

The event celebrates Aldershot's close ties with Queen Victoria and attracts thousands of local people to the town centre.

This year, Rushmoor Borough Council are working with the residents of the Aldershot Community Together group once more to organise the day, which promises to be full of fun and entertainment and a great day for the town.

Join in..

If you would like to take part in the grand parade, or help with activities on the day we'd love to hear from you.

More information can be found on Rushmoor Borough Council's website

Feb 2017

Mark ODolan

High Street Mentor

Assisting independent retailers

Over the past month, Rushmoor Borough Council has been employing the services of Mark O'Dolan, 'High Street Mentor', to assist independent retailers in the town centre. Mark has over thirty years retail experience and provides one to one confidential retail support, visiting business and preparing a 'health check' report which identifies quick wins and longer terms retail strategies.

More about Mark's background and the support he offers is available at www.highstreetmentor.co.uk

Aug 2016

Craft Fayre Logo

Regular Craft Fayre

Local crafters from across the area

Following the success of Aldershot's first craft fayre, they will now be a regular fixture.

Organised by Rushmoor Borough Council, the craft fayres take place in Wellington Street, Aldershot, and Queensmead, Farnborough, and are supported by Bids and Pieces haberdashery.

We welcome local crafters from across the area who would like to try selling in a town centre environment.

Open from 9am to 4pm, visitors will be able to browse a selection of stalls in Wellington Street offering a variety of crafts and homemade gifts.

Among the items on sale will be jewellery, wooden crafts and haberdashery items.

The fayre is a great opportunity for small businesses and the council would love to hear from local crafters who would like to have a stall.

Stalls costs from £20 a day and this includes the cost of gazebo hire, use of a table, public liability insurance and parking for the stallholder.  The council can also help to set up stall shares for smaller traders.

More information and a booking form are available at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/craftfayre, by calling 01252 398 377 or emailing markets@rushmoor.gov.uk.

July 2016

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Live Music Day

Free one-day music festival in Aldershot this July

Saturday 23 July, Aldershot town centre.

The free one-day music festival is now in its sixth year and offers local singers and bands a 30 minute set to play live on stage.  Last year's event saw more than 25 acts perform.

Three stages will be set up across the town centre, at the crossroads of Union Street and Wellington Street, the Princes Gardens bandstand and the Westgate leisure complex.

Apply to take part

If you are interested in performing on the day, please complete our participation form at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/livemusicday

July 2016

Craft Fayre 2016

Craft Fayre

Returns to Aldershot town centre on Saturday 7 May

Following the success of Aldershot's first craft fayre, Aldershot town centre will be hosting another event on Saturday 7 May.

The fayre is being organised by Rushmoor Borough Council and supported by Aldershot's independent haberdashery, Bids and Pieces in Wellington Street.

Open from 9am to 4pm, visitors will be able to browse a selection of stalls in Wellington Street offering a variety of crafts and homemade gifts.

Among the items on sale will be jewellery, wooden crafts and haberdashery items.

John Trusler from Rushmoor Borough Council who is organising the fayre, said: "We were really pleased with the success of our first event over the Easter weekend and we had some great feedback from stallholders and shoppers, so-much-so that we hope to make it a regular event for Aldershot."

Bridget Powell from Bids and Pieces Haberdashery said: "This is a great way to promote entrepreneurs and small businesses who will be the future of our town, and for crafters to come together and showcase their talents.  We have such a variety of goods for sale, something for everyone at affordable prices and just that little bit different.  We are now taking repeat bookings and looking to the future with great excitement."

The fayre is a great opportunity for small businesses and the council would love to hear from local crafters who would like to have a stall.

Stalls costs from £20 a day and this includes the cost of gazebo hire, use of a table, public liability insurance and parking for the stallholder.  The council can also help to set up stall shares for smaller traders.

More information and a booking form are available at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/craftfayre, by calling 01252 398 377 or emailing markets@rushmoor.gov.uk.

April 2016

Victoria Day 2014

Victoria Day 2016

Returning to Aldershot town centre on Saturday 11 June

Victoria Day is back, this time celebrating the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as Aldershot's connection with Queen Victoria.

This year Rushmoor Borough Council are working with the community to organise the event, which promises to be full of fun and entertainment and a great day for the town.

The Victoria Day parade

The event's grand parade throughout the town centre will be back. Starting at 11am outside the Princes Hall, the parade will tour the town centre and will be full of community groups, schools, businesses, residents and more.

Town centre entertainment

The event runs from 10am to 5pm and there will be lots going on throughout the day in Princes Gardens, Union Street and Wellington Street including:

Live music and dance at the Princes Gardens bandstand all day
Market stalls in Union Street and Wellington Street
Children's fairground rides
A classic car show
Face painting
Food stalls
Fancy dress competition
Street entertainment

More information can be found on Rushmoor Borough Council's website

April 2016

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Free twitter training

Helping businesses promote themselves on twitter.

Rushmoor Borough Council is offering a series of free half hour practical workshops to help businesses promote themselves on twitter.

The training takes place on Monday 29 February at three locations - The Meads Business Centre in Farnborough, the Princes Hall, Aldershot and the Aldershot Enterprise Centre.

Rushmoor businesses can find out more information and book a place on one of the sessions through the Rushmoor Borough Council Free twitter training for businesses. There will be two 30-minute sessions at each venue so businesses can choose the one that is most convenient.

During the session, expert social media trainer Xav Anderson will cover:

  • A brief history of social media
  • Setting up your own twitter account
  • Why twitter is relevant to your business
  • Social media terminology
  • Top social media sites you might also like to consider
  • Risks of using social media - specifically twitter
  • Twitter strategy for your business

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own smartphones, tablets or laptops to take part in the training.

Councillor Ken Muschamp, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Business, Safety and Regulation, said: "The sessions are designed to be comprehensive but concise in terms of time so they won't disrupt the working day too much. This will certainly be half an hour well spent because the short time people invest in this training will prove invaluable."

February 2016

Prospectus

Prospectus

Vision and future regeneration plans for Aldershot town centre

Members of the Cabinet approved the Aldershot Town Centre Prospectus on Tuesday, 12 January.

The document outlines a new vision for Aldershot based around a revitalised family friendly town centre proud of its history and Victorian heritage with new homes, public spaces and leisure facilities including a transformed Princes Hall.

Four key sites are prioritised for development in the document including The Galleries, the Princes Hall and police station area, Aldershot railway station and empty buildings in Union Street round to the High Street including the former Marks and Spencer store.

The public were invited to give their views on the draft prospectus last year and 180 responses were received.  A public exhibition toured the town with displays at Morrisons at Westgate, The Wellington shopping centre and the Princes Hall. Residents could also give their views online or attend a public meeting.

Many of the comments received from the public and stakeholders included the need to attract new retailers to the town, while supporting existing businesses with car parking incentives for shoppers and ensuring that the town centre feels safe. There were also concerns raised about some of the empty buildings and the importance of linking Westgate with the rest of the town centre.  By far, the biggest issue for residents was the need to take action on The Galleries shopping centre, which has been empty for many years and a huge frustration to local people.

Overall, 71% of people broadly agreed with the vision set out by the Council - with  many remarking that it was 'much needed' and will help bring 'life back into the town centre'.

Councillor Peter Moyle, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council said: "We are really grateful to everyone who took the opportunity to give us their views and these have been worked into a new and improved Aldershot Town Centre Prospectus. We see the document as key to Aldershot's future prosperity and will it will help us to attract further investment."

Following the consultation, the Council has made several changes to the document including increased emphasis on improving access to the town centre via public transport and cycling. The importance of Aldershot's unique history has been strengthened throughout the document as well as the importance of improving links with Westgate.

The Council will be using the prospectus as a tool to market Aldershot town centre and encourage the private sector to engage and invest in the town's future. In addition, the Council will play its part in encouraging inward investment, supporting business start-ups and bringing empty shop units back into use.

Although outside the remit of the prospectus, the Council has acknowledged issues raised by residents relating to parking and feelings of safety and will be looking at these issues in the coming months.

The Council will also be exploring options to create a town square off Union Street if a long-term occupier for the former Marks and Spencer store cannot be found or as part of the redevelopment of The Galleries.

Councillor Moyle added: "It's an exciting time for Aldershot with many opportunities brought by the Wellesley development which is bringing with it new homes and residents. The Enterprise M3 local enterprise partnership has also identified Aldershot as a 'step up town' with huge potential for growth.  We will be using the prospectus as a framework to guide future development, attract additional funding for regeneration and as a marketing tool to attract investors."

The Council will also be organising an event to officially launch the prospectus or local businesses and potential investors.

For further information and to view a copy of the prospectus please Rushmoor Borough Council's Improving Aldershot Town Centre webpage.  

January 2016

Carols in the Gardens

Christmas Carols come to the Gardens

Aldershot residents and visitors are encouraged to get into the festive spirit and come along to a special Christmas carol evening.

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to get into the festive spirit and come along to a special Christmas carol service at the Princes Gardens bandstand in Aldershot this Friday (11 December).

'Carols In The Gardens' will feature a number of classic carols including Hark! The Herald Angel Sing, Away in a Manger and Ding Dong Merrily on High, with the audience accompanied by local schoolchildren, members of the Aldershot Military Wives' Choir and a brass band.

The free event will take place in the bandstand between 5.30pm and 6.30pm and will be led by Rev George Newton of The Holy Trinity Church in Aldershot. The service will include carols, prayers and readings.

Those attending are recommended to park in the High Street multi-storey pay and display car park, which is a two-minute walk from the bandstand.

There are lots of other activities happening in Aldershot over the Christmas season, including Father Christmas in his free grotto in The Wellington shopping centre, brass band performances and carols to entertain shoppers.  Residents can keep up to date on what is going on in Aldershot town centre this Christmas by following Aldershot town centre on Facebook or Twitter.

December 2015

Three Wishes Gift Shop

Shop front grant

An independent gift shop in Aldershot has a new look

An independent gift shop in Aldershot town centre has a new look, thanks to a shop front improvement grant from Rushmoor Borough Council.

Three Wishes Gift Shop in the High Street received £1,280 to enhance its character with a repainted shop frontage and new signage.

The Georgian-style bow window has been painted in white and the pilasters and front door have been repainted in a complementary green.

The gift shop has been trading in Aldershot for more than 14 years and has recently re-located from The Wellington Shopping centre.

Tina Connelly, who runs the shop with her daughter Christine Guinness, said: "We are really pleased with our smart new shop front and are very grateful to the council for their support.  The timing is perfect as we are getting ready for the Christmas rush and the new signage helps us to stand out on the High Street."

Other businesses who have also received funding include Poppins in Union Street who received £10,000 to help them install a hardwood shop front, fascia and signage.

The Funky End public house in Station Road also received £6,750 to help them repaint and repair the buildings historic frontage in traditional colours.

Councillor Roland Dibbs, Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery at Rushmoor Borough Council said: "The scheme has been really successful and the response from retailers and landlords has been very positive.  The work is ongoing and more shop front improvements will be coming forward over the next few months."

The council is also working with several property owners to make big improvements to shop fronts in Upper Union Street, Grosvenor Road and Station Road and a planning application expected in the new year.

For further information about the council's regeneration plans for Aldershot please have a look at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/improvingaldershot

November 2015

Christmas Parking

Free Christmas parking in Rushmoor

Festive shoppers in Aldershot can enjoy free parking in many town centre car parks on Sundays this Christmas.

Festive shoppers in Aldershot, North Camp and Farnborough can enjoy free parking in many town centre car parks on Sundays in the big build-up to Christmas.

All Rushmoor Borough Council-owned car parks in the borough, with the exception of the Union Street East and Union Street West car parks in Farnborough, will be free all day for shoppers on the three Sundays before Christmas (6, 13 and 20 December). Free parking will also be available at The Wellington shopping centre in Aldershot and in the Princes Mead car park in Farnborough.

The concessions will not apply to on-street parking.

A full list of car parks where shoppers can park free can be found on www.rushmoor.gov.uk/christmasparking

Councillor Peter Moyle, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "We know that the festive season is a hugely important time for local traders and so the council is happy to provide an extra incentive for shoppers and to support to both our town centres in the run-up to Christmas. We are delighted that The Wellington and Princes Mead are also on board."

Both towns have lots going on over the Christmas period with craft and gift stalls, live music and festive performances every weekend. Children can visit Father Christmas in his free grotto at The Wellington shopping centre in Aldershot, open every Saturday from 11am to 4pm (closed 1.30pm to 2pm) and Sunday 11am to 3pm and also on Christmas Eve between 11am and 2pm. The Princes Mead shopping centre in Farnborough also has a free grotto, in the shape of a giant toy box, and is open every December weekend plus 23 and 24 December, 11am to 3.30pm

Shoppers can enjoy their favourite Christmas carols performed by choirs and bands in Aldershot town centre every Saturday leading up to Christmas between midday and 2pm. The centre is also welcoming the Charles Church Band on Saturday, 12 December and the YEM Theatre School on Saturday, 19 December.

The Salvation Army Band will perform in Princes Mead, Farnborough on Saturday, 19 December.  A free gift-wrapping service is being provided by St Peter's Church at the centre on Saturday, 19 December.

November 2015

Christmas Lights Switch-On

Christmas arrives in Aldershot

Aldershot will be twinkling as Christmas officially arrives in the town centre this Saturday, 21 November.

Aldershot will be twinkling as Christmas officially arrives in the town centre this Saturday, 21 November, for the annual Christmas light switch-on.

The event, organised by Rushmoor Borough Council sees a whole host of free family entertainment on offer in the town with the lights being turned on at 4.45pm by CBeebies presenter, Cat Sandion.

From midday onwards, there will be live music performances on the main stage at the crossroads of Union Street and Wellington Street, including covers band Fuzz Universe, The Ladies in Red, singer/songwriter Sophie DeBattista, Newport Junior School Glee Club, The Aldershot Military Wives Choir and pop duo DeltAmour.

This year, there will be lots to keep the little ones entertained including a craft tent, a children's farm, fairground rides, children's entertainers, Disney princesses Belle and Rapunzel, a Christmas-themed Saturday market and much more....

Fans of CBeebies Cat Sandion will also get the chance to meet her between 3pm and 4pm in The Games Shop on Wellington Street.

The day will also see Father Christmas arriving in Aldershot to set up residency in his Grotto in The Wellington shopping centre.  Children are invited to come along and see him between 3pm and 5pm.

Carla Dale, town centre and cultural officer at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "We love organising the Christmas Lights switch-on in the town - it is one of the busiest days in the town's diary with hundreds of families coming out to take part in the fun. This year we have another CBeebies star turning on the lights - so I'm sure it is going to be popular again!! Anyone with little ones who are fans of Cat Sandion's should make sure they get along to the meet and greet.

With live music all day, free activities for children and also the Saturday market, there will be something for everyone."

There are lots of other things happening in Aldershot this Christmas. Every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas, shoppers will be entertained with a selection of carols, live music and entertainment. There is also free Christmas parking in all Rushmoor Borough Council car parks (except Union Street East and Union Street West, Farnborough); The Wellington centre in Aldershot and Princes Mead car park, Farnborough, on Sunday 6, 13 and 20 December.

November 2015

Chopstix

Aldershot welcomes new noodle bar in town centre

Noodle bar 'Chopstix' has now opened at the Union Street entrance to The Wellington.

Noodle bar 'Chopstix' has now opened at the Union Street entrance to The Wellington.

The restaurant offers unique quick-service blending the best fusion of authentic Oriental inspired faster, fresher, tastier and healthier food with casual, convenient dining experiences at affordable prices.

More information about the restaurant can be found at www.facebook.com/chopstixuk

November 2015

Poppy Day

Town centre adorned in poppies to mark Remembrance Day

Aldershot town centre has been decorated with large red poppies to mark this year's Remembrance Day.

Nearly 300 poppies have been attached to lampposts in Union Street and Wellington Street, as well as to the perimeter of the Princes Gardens Community Bandstand, as part of this year's Poppy Appeal.

Organised by Rushmoor Borough Council and the Royal British Legion (RBL), the poppies will be displayed for nearly three weeks until after Armistice Day on Wednesday 11 November, which marks the end of the First World War.

David Phillips, Town Centre and Cultural Manager at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "As the Home of the British Army, we are always keen to mark Remembrance Day, and this is a beautiful way of doing so. We have decided to place the poppies on the lampposts and around the bandstand again this year, rather than the in the trees as we have done previously. The trees along Union Street have been recently replaced and need a little more time to become fully established."

This is the third consecutive year that the council and the RBL have worked together to decorate the town with the poppies. The RBL Poppy Appeal supports serving and ex-serving members of the armed forces and their families. The appeal safeguards the memory of those who have given their lives in service.

A number of joint civic and military services will take place in Rushmoor on Sunday 8 November to mark Remembrance Sunday. The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Martin Tennant, and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jacqui Vosper, will both be present at wreath-laying service at 9am at Devereux House in Farnborough. The Mayor will then attend a wreath laying service at the Municipal Gardens Cenotaph in Aldershot.

The Deputy Mayor will then head over to Knellwood residential care home in Farnborough at 9.30am for a wreath-laying service, before travelling to a service, wreath-laying ceremony and march past at 10.30am at North Camp Methodist Church.

October 2015

Artists Impression

Rushmoor Borough Council publishes its vision for Aldershot

Plans for a revitalised family friendly town centre are outlined in the draft Aldershot Town Centre Prospectus.

Plans for a revitalised family friendly town centre - proud of its history and Victorian heritage with new homes, public spaces and a transformed Princes Hall are outlined in the draft Aldershot Town Centre Prospectus that sets out Rushmoor Borough Council's vision for Aldershot.

Members of the council's Cabinet have approved a six-week consultation starting on 30 September, which details the proposed regeneration plans for the town.

The council has been working with Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners to come up with the Aldershot Town Centre Prospectus (supplementary planning document), which it hopes will help attract new investment to Aldershot and build on the opportunities brought by the Wellesley development, which is bringing thousands of new homes to Aldershot.  Aldershot has also been identified as a 'step up town' by the Enterprise M3 local enterprise partnership highlighting its potential for growth.

More than 70 local people attended community workshops run by the council back in March - sharing their hopes for Aldershot's future and identifying key areas for action and this feedback has been used to develop the prospectus.

Four key sites have been identified as having development potential in the shorter-term, which include:

 

·         The Galleries

·         Union Street group of buildings (around to High Street)

·         Princes Hall and the police station area

·         Aldershot railway station

 

Top of the list for action is The Galleries shopping centre, which has been empty for several years and a huge concern for residents. The prospectus details redevelopment options and shows how the walkway currently across Wellington Street could be removed.  This would create a new street level entrance into The Wellington shopping centre facing across Wellington Street to new shops around a public space (and with new housing above) that would then take shoppers through to the High Street car park.

It also sets out how the group of buildings in Union Street could be improved, through the refurbishment and re-use of existing units.  It also sets out a longer-term option for the potential redevelopment of the building soon to be vacated by Marks and Spencer and opportunities to re-establish a historic connection from the High Street through to Union Street with new shop units and homes.

Proposals for the Princes Hall could see refurbishment and extension to create new frontage and an impressive first floor terrace providing space for events and ceremonies overlooking Princes Gardens and a new café.

With the aim of creating a more family-friendly town centre, the council hopes to bring new leisure facilities and public spaces to bring more people into the town.  A key theme throughout the prospectus is affirming Aldershot's Victorian heritage and protecting key buildings that add to the town's character.

Councillor Peter Moyle, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council said: "The Aldershot Town Centre Prospectus sets out our strategy for regenerating Aldershot and attracting new investment.  The consultation process is an opportunity for local people to see the plans and have their say on the future of their town."

Councillor Moyle added: "We have already made progress this year with significant public space improvements in the town centre, but we know that there is some way still to go.  We hope that with residents' support we can create a thriving and vibrant town centre to be proud of and the Aldershot Town Centre Prospectus will help us on that journey."

An exhibition setting out the key proposals will be on display across Aldershot on the following dates:

·         Wednesday 30 September to Tuesday 13 October - Morrisons supermarket at Westgate.

·         Wednesday 14 October to Tuesday 27 October - The Wellington shopping centre

·         Wednesday 28 October to Wednesday 11 November - Princes Hall

There will also be an opportunity to talk to the team from Rushmoor Borough Council and Allies and Morrison at The Wellington shopping centre on Saturday 17 October (10am-2pm) and Thursday 22 October (11am-3pm).

Or to attend a public meeting hosted by the Aldershot Civic Society on Wednesday 7 October at the Princes Hall from 7pm to 9pm.  Attendance can be confirmed by emailing communications@rushmoor.gov.uk.

During the consultation period, the draft Aldershot Town Centre Prospectus and supporting documents will be available to view on the council's website at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/improvingaldershot until then residents can get a first look at the document by going to www.rushmoor.gov.uk/aldershotprospectus.

The closing date for comments will be Wednesday 11 November.

Residents can email their comments to plan@rushmoor.gov.ukor write to the council's planning policy and conservation team at the council offices in Farnborough.

September 2015

Vincent and Violet

Aldershot welcomes women's fashion retailer

New fashion retailer opens in town.

Aldershot welcomes women's fashion retailer.

Women's fashion retailer, Vincent & Violet, has now opened on the Lower Mall of The Wellington shopping centre in Aldershot

Offering a range of stylish, affordable fashion and a personal shopping experience to customers, the independent retailer offers shoppers fresh looks for any occasion.

October 2015

Bargain Buys

New Retailer Opens

The Arcade in Aldershot Town Centre welcomes Bargain Buys.

Aldershot welcomes new store, Bargain Buys in the town centre.

The retailer, located in the reconfigured iconic Arcade, has opened its doors for trading today.

 Planning permission to reconfigure the site was granted at the end of 2013.

The retailer sells discounted and brings 40 new jobs to the town centre.

September 2015

Town

Business rates key to Hampshire and Isle of Wight devolution bid

A bold bid to retain all business rates could make Hampshire and Isle of Wight the master of its own destiny.

The proposal is included in a  prospectus [1Mb] submitted to central government on behalf of 15 councils, two local enterprise partnerships and two national park authorities.

Should it be successful, the ambitious nature of the devolution deal and number of partners involved mean it could become a blueprint for cities and regions across the country to follow.

In return for foregoing revenue support grants from central government, the document asks to keep 100 per cent of business rates generated in the area.

The move would reduce Hampshire and Isle of Wight's dependency on money from central government and put greater impetus on the partners involved to boost the success of businesses in the region.

If this comes to fruition, the area will be responsible for its own income and therefore need to make sure it attracts businesses and has the conditions for them to thrive in order to generate funds.

Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth and Southampton City Council's and 11 district councils are working together on the project along with the Solent and Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnerships and New Forest and South Downs National Park Authorities.

The bid has also received the support of Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and NHS England Wessex.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight's proposals focus around four key themes: boosting business and skills for work; accelerating housing delivery; investing in infrastructure; and transforming public services.

Within these, projects will deliver on the government's productivity plan and rural productivity plan and ensure: more homes are built; more efficient local planning; further expansion of broadband; better mobile connectivity; improved transport connections; a higher-skilled workforce with employers setting the skills agenda locally; higher employment and better wages.

Plans for homes include accelerated delivery of existing local plans, as well as an additional 500 homes a year in the priority home categories of rural affordable, low-cost starter, council new-build and extra care, by making use of exception sites including redundant public land.

Until it is confirmed what central government would award to Hampshire and Isle of Wight, it isn't possible to say what structure the devolved arrangement would take, but rather than creating a new layer of government the aim is to bring existing decision making powers from Whitehall down to a local level.

Furthermore the partners will work to deepen devolution locally and seek opportunities for district and parish councils to take on extra functions and develop services with communities.

The overall aim is to make Hampshire and Isle of Wight an even better place to live and work by growing the economy in urban and rural areas without destroying what makes them special. This would include maintaining valued open spaces through measures such as greenbelt and working hard to bring local people more into the design of their own communities.

Following the submission of Hampshire and Isle of Wight's devolution prospectus, central government is expected to make a decision on the proposals later this year.

The 15 local authorities, two local enterprise partnerships and two national park authorities which have jointly submitted the bid are:

•           Hampshire County Council

•           Isle of Wight Council

•           Portsmouth City Council

•           Southampton City Council

•           Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

•           East Hants District Council

•           Eastleigh Borough Council

•           Fareham Borough Council

•           Gosport Borough Council

•           Hart District Council

•           Havant Borough Council

•           New Forest District Council

•           Rushmoor Borough Council

•           Test Valley Borough Council

•           Winchester City Council

•           Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership

•           Solent Local Enterprise Partnership

•           New Forest National Park Authority

•           South Downs National Park Authority


Issued on behalf of the above local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and national park authorities.

September 2015

Celebrate Aldershot Event

Opening for smarter Aldershot town centre

Celebration of public space improvements in Aldershot town centre.

Residents, shoppers and visitors alike are invited to join in the fun when popular Eagle Radio presenter Kim Robson officially opens the refurbished town centre in Union Street, Aldershot on Saturday 15 August at 10.15am.

Rushmoor Borough Council's contractors have been working since the beginning of the year on public space improvements in the town centre including sections of new paving, new trees, extra seating and upgraded lighting in Union and Wellington Street. Links between Westgate and the town centre have been improved with wider pedestrian friendly pavements - as has the stretch between Court Road, Wellington Avenue and the High Street.

The scheme has been funded by Rushmoor Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and, in part, by the Growing Enterprise Fund. This fund was set up by Enterprise M3, the Local Enterprise Partnership for the M3 corridor, to kick-start the infrastructure and other projects that will drive economic growth in the mid and north Hampshire and south west Surrey areas, helping to create housing and jobs for local people.

The event will also mark the successful launch of the revamped market in the town and the 70th anniversary of VJ Day. Attractions include:

  • Kim Robson broadcasting her show live from the Union Street between 10am and 2pm

  • An extended Saturday market featuring antique, vintage and craft stalls in Union Street and Wellington Street to mark VJ Day

  • A free open-air production of Around the World in 80 Days in the Princess Garden bandstand

  • Music from the Farnham Brass Band in Union Street

 More information about the event is available on Rushmoor Borough Council's Improving Aldershot town centre web page.

Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery, Councillor Roland Dibbs, said: "We have organised a range of different activities which we hope will suit everyone - not only to celebrate the completion of the work in Aldershot town centre but also to mark VJ Day and the successful establishment of a new-look market for Aldershot.

"It is our firm belief that these works have improved the look of the town centre greatly and benefited established retailers. Now that the work is finished, we can step up our efforts in building the market offer and attracting even more quality traders."

August 2015

High Street Car Park

Council trials parking changes in Aldershot town centre

Rushmoor Borough Council is to trial new parking measures to encourage more shoppers.

Rushmoor Borough Council is to trial new parking measures in a bid to encourage more shoppers into Aldershot town centre and provide more free overnight parking for those that live in the town.

The move - agreed by the Cabinet on Tuesday, 28 July - follows concerns expressed by retailers that current parking charges deter shoppers from using the town centre and from residents that they are finding it increasingly difficult to find overnight parking.

The popularity of the Westgate car park is also proving problematic for both those using the complex and the Princes Hall, in the evening, to locate parking spaces.

The package of parking changes and consultation measures agreed by the Cabinet included:

  • Providing 20 dedicated bays for up to one hour free parking in the High Street multi-storey car park along with free overnight parking from 6pm to 9am.

  • Consultation with town centre residents on their overnight parking needs.

  • Consultation on the Birchett Road car park becoming a three hour maximum stay car park and whether this would encourage commuters to use the long stay at either Parsons Barracks or the High Street car parks,

  • The introduction of 60p all day parking on Sundays in all council-owned car parks in Aldershot.

  • Consultation with businesses to assess the support for free evening on street parking.

The council will trial the changes for 12 months.

Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery, Councillor Roland Dibbs said: "This is about striking the right balance between what the town centre traders need and what works well for Aldershot residents who need to find somewhere to park in the evenings.  A 12-month trial will give us a firm indication of whether these combination of changes help both groups. Both residents and business will have the chance to give us their thoughts on some of these suggested changes."

July 2015

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Free two-day start up course in Aldershot

A free course for people looking to start a business.

Anyone looking at starting up a business is encouraged to take advantage of a fantastic FREE two-day 'New in Business' Workshop in Aldershot.

The courses are running at the Aldershot Enterprise Centre, Mandora House, Galwey Road, Aldershot on 29 and 30 September and 12 and 13 November.

For more information and details on how to book, please see the leaflet below.    

pdf icon New in Business Workshop [433kb]

 

August 2015

Town

Marks and Spencer Closure

M&S propose closure of Aldershot store

Following the announcement by Marks and Spencer, a meeting was held at the House of Commons between Sir Gerald Howarth, MP for Aldershot; Councillor Peter Moyle, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council; David Phillips, Aldershot Town Centre Manager and Tony Ginty, Head of Public Affairs for Marks and Spencer.
 
As part of the meeting with M&S about the company's proposal to close its Aldershot store, a document on the case for M&S to stay in Aldershot was presented. You can now read the document online:
 

More information can also be found on http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/article/8657/Proposed-closure-of-Marks-and-Spencer-store-Aldershot

July 2015

Cygnets Gallery

Town welcomes Cygnets Gallery

Aldershot town centre is now the home to Cygnets Gallery, one of the area's leading art gallery retailers and specialist framers.

Based in one of the towns new units at the top of Union Street, the businesses has traded from prominent high street and shopping centre galleries for over 25 years and has an extensive knowledge of all art publishers, artists work and framing techniques.

More information about the business can be found at www.cygnetsgalleries.co.uk

 

Town

Council's support for businesses

Local businesses benefit from Business Rate Relief.

More than 1,000 businesses in Aldershot and Farnborough are benefiting from almost £1.7 million in Small Business Rate Relief and Retail Relief from Rushmoor Borough Council.

Figures show that in the current financial year, 1,020 businesses in the towns have received relief amounting to £1,689,140. A total of 298 businesses in Aldershot have received £607,773 Small Business Rate Relief and a further 180 received £217,464 Retail Relief, totalling £825,237.

The figures for Farnborough are 346 (£623,771) Small Business Rate Relief and 196 (£240,132) Retail Relief, totalling £863,903.

Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Councillor Peter Moyle, explained: "While these are Government schemes, we enable them locally - and for Retail Relief this is something for individual local authorities to adopt or not as they see fit.

"We have been extremely proactive in encouraging businesses to apply and the Cabinet adopted the Retail Relief Policy at the earliest opportunity to make things simpler. We are a business-friendly council and our work in this area confirms that."

Businesses who would like to find out more should visit the Rushmoor Borough Council website.

July 2015

Armed Forces Day

Aldershot's Armed Forces Day promotion

To celebrate Armed Forces Day in Aldershot, the military community and their families can enjoy big discounts at selected shops in Aldershot

To celebrate this year's Armed Forces Day, town centre retailers are offering a special week-long shopping promotion for the armed forces community in Aldershot.

During the week of 27 June to 4 July, army personnel will be able to get up to a 50% discount (as well as other offers) in participating stores throughout the town by simply showing their military ID cards.

more information about the promotion and details of the deals on offer can be found on www.rushmoor.gov.uk/armedforcesday

June 2015

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200th anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo

Aldershot is hosting a variety of events to mark the bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo.

As home to the iconic Wellington Statue - a monument to Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, victor at the Battle of Waterloo and later Prime Minister of the United Kingdom - Aldershot is hosting a variety of events to mark the bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo.

Audiences will be able to enjoy a free music concert from the Bagshot Concert Band on Saturday (June 13) in the Princes Gardens community bandstand.  The band will perform between noon and 2pm and residents are encouraged to bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the entertainment.

Residents can also join the North Lane Green Steps group for a historical Battle of Waterloo 200th anniversary walk on Tuesday 16 June. Using the old military church parade route, the walk will pass the Wellington Statue and Royal Garrison Church. The group will be meeting at the Princes Gardens bandstand at 10.45am. For more information visit the 200 Anniversary of The Battle Of Waterloo page on Rushmoor Borough Council's website or contact Clive on 01252 405339.

On Thursday 18 June, the official anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo, the Princes Hall, will host a special showing of the classic 1970s' film, 'Waterloo' at 7.30pm. Directed by Sergey Bondarchuk and starring Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer and Orson Welles, the film follows the journey of Napoleon Bonaparte and his army as they confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.  Tickets are only £1 each and can be booked online through the Princes Hall website.

Over the next month, the Battle of Waterloo will be featured in a shop window display in Aldershot town centre, which include a timeline of the events of 18 June 1815, and information about the battle's links with the local area. The timeline will be on display in the window of 62 Union Street on the corner of Union and Wellington Street.

Councillor Peter Moyle, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "With the town's strong connection with the Duke of Wellington, it is only fitting that Aldershot acknowledges this special anniversary. There's plenty for people to enjoy with music, film and some fresh air!".

June 2015

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£45,000 of shop front improvements

Aldershot retailers benefit from £45,000 of grants.

Businesses in Aldershot town centre including a café, a haberdashery and a pub will be among the first businesses to benefit from shop front improvement grants from Rushmoor Borough Council.

Members of the council's Cabinet approved £45,000 in its first wave of funding to be shared amongst seven businesses in the town centre.

A further seven applications were recommended for approval subject to further work.

The scheme is part of the council's regeneration plans for the town and aims to encourage the restoration of traditional shop front features and architectural details that enhance Aldershot's Victorian character.

Councillor Roland Dibbs, Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery at Rushmoor Borough Council said: "The response from businesses has been really positive and we received 36 applications, many from the town's small businesses and independent traders."

Among the successful applications were Bids and Pieces Haberdashery in Wellington Street who asked for £2,995 to help them repaint and repair their shop front to be more in keeping with the age of the building as well as replacing its fascia and installing a new hanging sign.

Bridget Powell, who runs the businesses with her husband Phil said: "We can't wait to get started on the improvements which we hope will attract even more customers to our shop."

Bridget added: "This is great news for us, and this has been an exciting council led initiative to help some of the small businesses in town. We are so looking forward to the improvements; it's a great boost for us"

Another successful application came from the owners of the Poppins café in Union Street who will receive £10,000 to help replace their existing aluminium shop front frame with a more attractive hardwood shop front with a hanging sign and recessed doorway to allow easier access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Other successful applications were from the owners of vacant units at 27 High Street (formerly The Flower Shop) and 36 Union Street (formerly Thomas Cook) with the aim of attracting new businesses to the set up in the town.

The Funky End public house in Station Road will also receive £6,750 to help repair and repaint the frontage of the building.

During the applications process, the council received a number of applications from neighbouring premises in Upper Union Street, Grosvenor Road and Station Road and has decided to pull these together in composite schemes to bring forward the improvements at the same time and maximise their impact.

Councillor Dibbs added: "The applications received from businesses in Upper Union Street and Grosvenor Road in particular complement the work we are already doing to improve links from the Westgate development down into the town centre.  By bringing these locations together into a single coherent scheme, we hope to create something that exemplifies the benefits of the shop front improvement scheme and shows off the Victorian character of our town."

For further information about the council's our plans for Aldershot visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/improvingaldershot

June 2015

Aldershot Lido

Aldershot Lido opens for the summer season

Aldershot Lido opens and offering a whole host of special deals and discounts

The Lido in Guildford Road, Aldershot will be open during the May bank holiday weekend and half term week until 31 May from 10am to 6pm.  After that, it will be open every weekend until Wednesday 1 July when it will be open daily until 6 September.

Owned by Rushmoor Borough Council and run by Places for People Leisure, the large open-air pool offers three colourful water slides, a toddlers' paddling pool and large sandpit plus a picnic area, swim shop and basketball area.

In the last couple of weeks, the council has been working closely with the Friends of Aldershot Lido to come up with some new season ticket offers for 2015 as well as pre-paid tickets and loyalty cards for the pools most regular visitors. Season tickets start at £39 for a juniors and £60 for adults.  A combined season ticket for one adult and one junior is £80. Under threes get in free.

This year, for the first-time pre-paid tickets are being introduced, where swimmers can buy five tickets for the price of four. For an adult this will cost £27.60 and for a junior £17.20. Lido regulars that sign up for a loyalty card and visit the pool five times in the season will also receive their sixth visit free.

A 10% discount is now available for military personnel.

General admission prices are £6.90 for adults and £4.30 for juniors.  Half price entry tickets are also available from 3.30pm.

Councillor Sue Carter, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Youth said: "Aldershot Lido has always offered a great day out for all the family but now with this range of season tickets and offers there is more choice and better value for our regular visitors.

"On a summer's day, the Lido water temperature usually averages 24 degrees and it's a great place to enjoy the sun, cool off, swim or just relax on the grassed areas."

Looking into the future, the council is still exploring options for investing in the lido to generate income and reduce its running costs, including ideas for a splash pad and an adventure golf facility, as well as expanding the fitness gym and adding a sauna and hot tub to the neighbouring indoor pools.

Councillor Carter added: "The feedback from the recent resident and user consultation and views from the Friends of Aldershot Lido will help ensure informed decisions are made on any improvements."

May 2015

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Aldershot VE Day 70

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets in just over a week's time.

The big Victory Day Parade takes place in Aldershot town centre on Saturday, 9 May, leaving the Princes Hall at 11am following a short speech by wartime monarch King George VI played by actor Paul Eastwood. It then makes its way along Grosvenor Road, Victoria Road, Station Road and the High Street and back again, taking around 45 minutes.

The parade, led by marching bands, will include serving soldiers, veterans, Scouts, Guides, cadets, local schools and World War II re-enactors and their vehicles.

Leading the re-enactors will be wartime British forces commander Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery or "Monty" as he was affectionately known, played by actor Colin Brooks-Williams.

Rushmoor Borough Council is encouraging residents and visitors to join in the festivities by offering free parking in the High Street, Parsons Barracks and Birchett Road car parks.

A vintage fair selling antiques and memorabilia will be located in Union and Wellington Streets, while Princes Gardens will be the setting for 1940s-themed live music, children's rides and information stalls - as well as a World War II and present day bomb disposal display. A classic car show will be held in the Princes Gardens car park.

A wartime exhibition will run at the Princes Hall between 10am and 5pm on Saturday, and between 11am and 3pm on Sunday.

Aldershot Military Museum will be open between 11am and 4pm on 9 May for visitors where children will be able to take part in World War II-themed storytelling workshops. Aldershot library will also host two VE Day-related talks.

The weekend begins with a special 1940s VE Day dance at the Princes Hall on the evening of Friday, 8 May, when the Apollo Big Band will be providing classic tunes from the era.

The weekend of events is being organised by Rushmoor Borough Council, Aldershot Garrison, Home Front History, Re-enactors United in Remembrance and the Hampshire Cultural Trust.

To find out the latest on the VE Day celebrations please see www.rushmoor.gov.uk/VEDay or look up "Aldershot VE Day 70" on Facebook.

Those coming to town for the celebrations are being advised to take up their places in the town well before the start of the parade, as some roads will be closed shortly before 11am.

Aldershot Town Centre and Cultural Manager, David Phillips, said:

"This is the biggest event of its kind in Hampshire and we are anticipating a very large turnout. It's been planned as a fun day for the whole family to enjoy.

"As well as the celebrations, however, we will be remembering the huge sacrifice made by those serving in the Armed Forces, and those who endured six years of hardship at home."

April 2015

Town

Southern Entrepreneurs Networking Event

Free networking event for local businesses on April 15th.

Southern Entrepreneurs will be hosting a free networking event for local businesses on April 15th.

Held at Aldershot Football Club from 18.00 to 20.00, the event is a speed networking evening for local entrepreneurs primarily from Rushmoor, Hart and Basingstoke.

If you've never been speed networking this is an accelerated format which offers the quick and entertaining opportunity to introduce yourself and your business to more contacts than you thought possible at a networking event!  Bring lots of business cards and a pen to make notes ready for follow ups.

Places at this type of event always go quickly - so do book in as soon as possible. Visit www.southernentrepreneurs.com and find the event under their networking section.

April 2015

Town

Shop Front Scheme

Retailers can now apply for a grant of up to £10,000 to improve their shop front.

Rushmoor Borough Council has introduced a Shop Front Improvement Scheme for Aldershot town centre.

The scheme is funded by the Council and Enterprise M3 and aims to encourage retailers and landlords to enhance their shop fronts, windows, doors and signage in a traditional and sympathetic manner, either through repair of existing traditional features or reinstatement of historic architectural details.

The scheme supports businesses to create more attractive frontages and enhance the character of the town centre and make it more welcoming to local residents and visitors.

The closing date for applications is Monday 18 May.

For more information and to complete the application pack, visit http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/article/8342/Aldershot-Shop-Front-Improvement-Scheme

March 2015

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Free local business networking and helping entrepreneurs

The next Southern Entrepreneur's North Hampshire networking event will take place at Stockton House in Fleet on March 18th.

Held between 18.00 and 20.00 there is the opportunity to network with like-minded local businesses,  as well as learning some great advice from resilience training specialist Jennifer Devine on how to bounce back - or be resilient - particularly in changing or challenging times.

In her talk, Resilience and the Successful Entrepreneur, Jennifer will explain:

  • What Resilience is (and what it isn't)

  • Why Resilience is vital to you and your company's  performance, particularly in challenging times

  • The seven vital steps needed to build and maintain your own resilience.

This promises to be a very popular event and places are limited so please grab your free ticket today www.southernentrepreneurs.com/Networking/745-/FLEET-NETWORKING

March 2015

Town

Businesses invited to free training courses

Free training to businesses to develop knowledge and benefits of getting their business online.

Independent retailers and small businesses in Rushmoor are being encouraged to take part in free training which will help them develop their knowledge of the internet, social media and the benefits of getting their business online.

The training is initially aimed at businesses in Aldershot, Farnborough and North Camp town centres but subject to availability will be extended to shopping areas in North Town, Cove and Southwood.

Digital High Street Skills is a brand new, tailor-made suite of training programmes specifically designed to help small businesses to develop their own websites and to use email marketing and social media effectively.

The programme, run by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) and funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), will equip small businesses with the confidence, skills and tools they need to benefit from the rapid growth of e-tailing.

The three training sessions are:

  • Monday, 23 February, the Princes Hall, Aldershot, 4pm to 8pm - Understand your Customer and Digital Marketing.

  • Tuesday, 17 March, the council offices, Farnborough, 4pm to 8pm - Develop your Business Online.

  • Monday, 30 March, the Princes Hall, Aldershot, 4pm to 8pm - Grow your Business through Social Media.

Any business signing up can elect to do one, two or three modules depending on their experience. Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis by emailing Carla.Dale@rushmoor.gov.uk or by ringing 01252 327 671.

 

February 2015

Wool

Bids and Pieces

Local business goes from strength to strength.

Family-run business, Bids and Pieces has moved to a larger premises - its third in Aldershot town centre.

The local success story is one that goes from strength to strength. Starting with a small stand on The Mall of The Wellington shopping centre, the family-run business first moved into a small premises in the town centre, but has earlier this month moved into a larger unit, 29 Wellington Street.

The shop offers wool and Woolcraft, including double knitting, four-ply and aran and will be adding more colours/varieties along the way.  Shoppers can also buy knitting needles (metal, acrylic and plastic), cable needles, stitch holders, row counters and patterns for babies, children, adults, toys.

The business is now expanding and is offering machine sewing courses, hand sewing courses, a knitting and crochet club and jewllery making classes.They are also encouraging local creaftpeople to sell their wares by offering table space in the shop at weekends.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/bidsandpiecesshop

January 2015

 

 

Mangobean

New Coffee Shop Opens in Town

Aldershot welcomes Mangobean.

Aldershot welcomes a new coffee shop Aldershot welcomes new coffee shop, Mangobean to the town  centre - only the second branch in the country to open.

The franchise has been set by 22 year old Anusha Sareen from London.

Offering freshly roasted high quality coffee along with good quality snacks, Mangbean's core values are built on having a sense of humour whilst providing customers with quality products.

Anusha Sareen said: "I feel that this could be the first of many new projects for Aldershot".

January 2015

 

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Football club opens store

The Shots comes to Aldershot town centre.

The Wellington shopping centre welcomes Aldershot Town Football Club's community store to the lower mall.

The shop, offers a range of Shots merchandise including replica shirts, souvenirs and memorabilia.

January 2015

Shopping

Council moves on BID plans for shopping centres

BIDs are organised and funded by businesses with the aim of improving a specific area by choosing and funding services and projects beneficial to their businesses and customers, paid for by a levy for each eligible business.

The council says that setting up the BIDs would complement the regeneration work already planned for Aldershot and Farnborough town centres, lead to more attractive and welcoming town centres with increased footfall and spend, encourage existing traders to remain in the town and attract new traders. North Camp would also benefit from new investment as there has very little since the regeneration schemes of the last decade.

The establishment of a BID would only follow a successful ballot of all business ratepayers within each BID area conducted by the council.

But before any of this can happen a feasibility study needs to be carried out to identify the likely level of support from the business community in the three towns. If this is positive then the council could be asked to commit up to £100,000 to progress the BIDs to completion.

Councillor Ken Muschamp, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Business, Safety and Regulation, said: "This study is essential if we are to progress any of the BIDs. We need to confirm that the majority of local businesses will be fully behind this before we start the process of setting them up, which could take up to 18 months.

"Other BIDs including Camberley, Guildford and Winchester have been very successful resulting in more vibrant town and city centres. We have the same ambitions for our shopping centres."

January 2015

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Revamp under way

A £4.5 million improvement project for Aldershot town centre will be starting in the new year.

More than 280 residents, retailers and shoppers gave their views on the project being led by Rushmoor Borough Council to improve the look and feel of the town centre. The work will include new paving for Union Street and Wellington Street and improved links from Westgate through to the town centre including Barrack Road and Grosvenor Road.

Other improvements will include better signage, visitor information points, a new footway connecting the High Street car park and Court Road as well as a new amphitheatre stairway leading shoppers from the car park through to the town centre. The council has been working closely with South East Water who will also be upgrading pipelines from January to minimise any disruption caused by the work.

Councillor Peter Moyle, the Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council said: "We'd like to thank everyone who gave us their views, the majority of people were very positive about the plans. This project clearly means a lot more to people than simply some new paving and our residents took the time to share their own ideas to regenerate the town, which included everything from encouraging new shops to Aldershot, supporting businesses, tidying up shop fronts and building on the town's Victorian heritage.  Aldershot has an exciting future and a unique opportunity to grow thanks to the Wellesley development and following on from the success of Westgate."

Among the things that residents want to see as part of the improvements are more seating areas and trees around the town centre.  Residents are also keen to see the paving levelled and steps removed at the top of Union Street. There were some concerns raised about the choice of paving and how the plans might affect traffic flow around the town centre.

As part of the plans, benches through the town centre will be painted and repaired and new benches and litterbins will be going in. The scheme also allows for new trees to be planted in Union Street. The existing trees have outgrown their current location and need to be pollarded every two to three years, which is costly and leaves the tree looking very unattractive. The council plans to replace these with some established specimens more appropriate to the town centre location, which won't need regular work.

New block style paving will give a fresh feel to the town centre and a level surface, which will be much easier for the council to maintain and keep clean. Comments received which related to highways issues have been passed on to Hampshire County Council.

David Quirk, Director of Community and Environment at Rushmoor Borough Council, added: "We have some big regeneration plans coming forward for Aldershot over the next 12 months. We have appointed architects Allies and Morrison to help us create a new vision for the town and as part of this work we have identified specific sites in the town centre where improvement and action is needed."

The sites which have been identified include the Kings Centre, Gala Bingo, The Galleries, The Palace, Hippodrome House, Aldershot station and some empty shop units towards the bottom end of Union Street and round to the High Street. The council will also be exploring options for Westgate phase II including opportunities to refurbish or relocate the Princes Hall and consider new uses for Aldershot police station.

Further information about the council's plans for Aldershot town centre and more detailed feedback on the consultation is available on the Rushmoor Borough Council website. Residents can also sign up here to receive the latest information from the council about the work and get involved with future consultations.

December 2014

Christmas Display Winners

Best Christmas Display Competition

His Hair scooped first prize in the 2014 Best Christmas Shop Display competition.

Organised by Rushmoor Borough Council, the competition encourages shops in Aldershot town centre to celebrate Christmas by decorating their windows with all things Christmassy.

The shop collected the top prize thanks to its festive windows displaying glittering snowmen and snowflakes. The shop also impressed with a decorated Christmas tree above the shop entrance. They will hold on to their title and the 'Retailers Yuletide Cup' until next year's competition.

Second place went to the Wellington shopping centre for their beautiful mall displays and new grotto, while third place went to the Phyllis Tuckwell shop for their traditional Christmas scene which includes a fireplace. Both were presented with a bottle of champagne and a certificate.

Highly Commended certificates were also awarded to The Dressing Up Shop and Edgar Jerome in Wellington Street, Tan Junkie, Shelter and PDSA on Union Street, Leaders of Victoria Road, the Three Wishes Gift Shop in The Wellington shopping centre, Studio G in Station Road and Lush Hair and Beauty on High Street.

December 2014

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Water promising start to the New Year

Aldershot's town centre water mains will be upgraded in the New Year.

Work to lay the new 350 metre-long pipe is due to start on 5 January after businesses, residents and motorists suffered the inconvenience of six burst water pipes in five years in Union Street, Wellington Street and High Street.

Chris Love, Delivery Manager at South East Water, said: "We will be working in short sections to minimise the impact that we have on the area and want to remind everyone that all of the shops and businesses will remain open. Once the work is finished, in approximately four months' time, our customers will enjoy a more reliable water supply thanks to the new pipe."

David Phillips, Aldershot Town Centre Manager, said: "We have worked closely with South East Water to make sure this project runs smoothly and I hope that shoppers continue to support local businesses and use their high street as usual."

This work forms part of South East Water's £390 million programme of investment between 2010 and 2015 to improve water supplies to customers. Find out more at South East Water - Aldershot Town Centre.

Rushmoor Borough Council's Principal Engineer John Trusler, said: "We will be laying new paving following the installation of the water pipe. By working closely with South East Water we hope to minimise the inconvenience to the public and get both projects completed as quickly as possible."

December 2014

Wellesley

Wellesley development wins Planning Permission of the Year at the Planning Awards 2014

Grainger's Wellesley Development celebrates outstanding planning achievement.

The awards celebrate outstanding achievement in planning work by all key players in the planning system. The judges praised Grainger for the impressive reuse of brownfield land for a scheme that would offer major social, environmental and economic benefits.

Rushmoor Borough Council granted outline planning permission for the development in July 2013, which will see 3,850 new homes built in Aldershot and see the town expand significantly for the first time in 100 years. It will also include two new primary schools, more secondary school places - together with new green spaces, community and sports facilities.

The development will also see some of the town's historic and listed military buildings, including Cambridge Military Hospital and Headquarters 4Th Division, refurbished and brought back into to use as homes and community facilities.

John Beresford, Development Director at Grainger plc, said: "We are delighted to have won Planning Permission of the Year for Wellesley and we are pleased that all of our hard work throughout the planning process and community consultation has been recognised. We work extremely hard and enjoy what we do but we could not have done it without the strong leadership and support from Rushmoor Borough Council who have assisted with the scheme greatly."

Jonathan Steele, Planning Director at Savills, said: "Wellesley has been a really exciting and challenging project for the team to deliver which has involved a whole range of technical skills and services. Planning for nearly 4000 homes on the edge of a Special Protection Area and on an important historic site has required a very coordinated, balanced planning strategy which has been achieved through a strong partnership between the team and Rushmoor Borough Council sharing the same common goal to deliver the vision of Wellesley.

Councillor Gareth Lyon, Chairman of the Development Management Committee at Rushmoor Borough Council said: "Rushmoor Borough Council is very proud of this recognition for the outstanding work which our planning team and Grainger have put into Wellesley. The award is thoroughly deserved and we look forward to continuing to work hard on the development over the years ahead and to making Wellesley a great place to live for our residents."

December 2014

Free Christmas Parking

Free Christmas parking

Free parking for festive shoppers in Aldershot.

This Christmas, all Rushmoor Borough Council-owned car parks in the borough, will be free for shoppers the Sundays leading up to Christmas (7,14 and 21 December).

The council is offering free parking to encourage people to shop locally and boost trade for local businesses and the local economy.

There are lots of other attractions for shoppers over the Christmas period in Aldershot - with craft and gift stalls, live music and festive performances every weekend. Children can visit Father Christmas in The Wellington shopping centre for free on Saturday and Sunday's.

December 2014

Shopping

Small Business Saturday comes to Aldershot!

Shoppers are being encouraged to shop locally this Saturday (December 6).

Shoppers are being encouraged to shop locally this Saturday (December 6) and support independent businesses as part of 'Small Business Saturday'.

Small Business Saturday is a national campaign, which highlights and encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses in the community.

As part of the day, local students from the Young Enterprise Education Programme will be setting up stalls in Aldershot town centre to sell their products and try out the business models they have been working on.  Young Enterprise works with pupils in schools across the county to develop skills that they need for the world of work including understanding how businesses work, how to work as part of a team, communication skills and responsibility and initiative.

Shoppers in Aldershot will also have the chance to hear The Salvation Army Band perform at 1pm on Wellington Street as well as the Army Benevolent Band in The Wellington shopping centre.  The  Aldershot Rotary float will be playing some favourite Christmas music, and children can meet Father Christmas in his grotto for free in The Wellington shopping centre and have a go on fairground rides.

Rushmoor Borough Council is also offering shoppers free parking in all town centre council car parks in Farnborough and Aldershot on Sunday 7, 14 and 21 December.

For more information about other events happening in our town centres this Christmas, residents can visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/christmas

December 2014

Poppies - Bandstand

Aldershot decorated in poppies to mark Remembrance Day

Aldershot town centre has been decorated with large poppies to mark this year's Remembrance Day.

Aldershot town centre has been decorated with large poppies to mark this year's Remembrance Day.

Organised by Rushmoor Borough Council and the Royal British Legion, the Princes Gardens community bandstand and lampposts along Union and Wellington Street have been scattered with nearly 300 large red poppies to mark this year's Poppy Appeal.

The poppies will be up for three weeks until after Armistice Day on Tuesday 11 November, which marks the end of the First World War.

This is the second year that the council and the Royal British Legion have worked together to decorate the town with the poppies.

The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal supports serving and ex-serving members of the armed forces and their families. The appeal safeguards the memory of those who have given their lives in service.

November 2014

Himalayan Coffee

New independent coffee shop

Himalayan Java Coffee has opened in The Wellington.

Himalayan Java is a specialty coffee house from Nepal, which excels in quality and customer service.

The first shop of its kind opened in Kathmandu in 1999 and over the past fifteen years, the company has grown and is now opening its first UK store in Aldershot town centre.  

The coffeehouse provides a unique, relaxing, comfortable and clean environment for customers.

www.himalayanjava.com

City Glamour

Ladies fashion retailer opens

City Glamour opens in Aldershot

Ladies fashion retailer ,City Glamour, has opened on the Lower Mall of The Wellington shopping centre. The store offers a selection of  Western ranges alongside more traditional Indian and Nepali clothing.

The owner, Mr Thomas currently runs a successful online business and hopes to bring those customers to his new store in the town.

More information about the retailer can be found www.facebook.com/Salwarkameezhampshire

September 2014

Family

Promotional Aldershot Video

Video highlighting Aldershot's best bits.

To highlight and celebrate the great things in and around Aldershot, Rushmoor Borough Council along with support of Grainger plc, has created the Aldershot Showreel.

The promotional video focuses on the areas excellent sports facilities, the many lovely open green spaces and parks, easy travel access to and from many locations, the opportunities for families and the history of the area.

August 2014

1st Home Choice

1st Home Choice

Retailer relocates to a new unit in town centre.

1st  Home Choice has moved to a new location in Aldershot town centre. The retailer offers stylish home furnishing including wood and glass furniture, rugs, bed linens, throws and cushions.

The store, which used to trade in Wellington Street has now moved to a vacant unit in Union Street. This move has also made way for Poundworld to move into the stores old unit and is due to open shortly.

July 2014

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Business rates to support retailers

Rushmoor Borough Council is supporting businesses.

Business rates schemes to support Rushmoor's retailers and small businesses

Rushmoor Borough Council is supporting two-government initiatives aimed at supporting small businesses and reducing the number of empty shops on the high street.

Fifty per cent business rates discount is to be offered to ratepayers setting up a business in Aldershot or Farnborough and with a rateable value of less than £50,000 as part of re-occupation relief policy. It is hoped that the scheme will encourage new businesses to set up in shop units and retail premises that have been empty for more than 12 months. This relief only applies to businesses taking up empty units.

Businesses likely to have a rateable value of less that £50,000 could include anything from a builders' merchant, through to a café or an independent shop. Providing the premises remains continuously occupied, the discount can be claimed over an 18-month period between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016.

In Rushmoor, there are 85 properties that have been vacant for more than 12 months and that meet the criteria necessary to qualify for the discount. The premises must previously have been used as retail to qualify for the relief.

A second retail relief scheme will provide immediate financial support and a relief of up to £1,000 a year, for two years, to existing and new town centre retailers. This will apply to small and medium businesses with a rateable value of less than £50,000 such as some shops, restaurants and cafes. The premises must be used as retail premises to qualify for the relief.

Councillor Adam Jackman, Cabinet Member for Concessions and Community at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "We are very supportive of initiatives like these that support our small businesses and our town centre retailers. We know that times are tough and we hope that both schemes will help to attract new businesses to Aldershot and Farnborough and contribute to our town centre regeneration plans, while supporting the local economy. More than 300 local businesses have taken up a discount so far and we would encourage others to get in touch."

Guidance suggests that the council will be reimbursed for the rate relief it awards by way of a direct grant from the government.

Further information about both schemes is available by contacting the council's business rates billing and collection team on 01252 398331.

July 2014

Shopping

Improvements get the green light

Exciting new project gets go ahead from Council's Cabinet.

The Council has secured £3 million from the Enterprise M3 fund to improve the look and feel of the town centre and to develop strong links with the Wellesley development, which will see the building of up to 3,850 new homes. A further £1.5m is coming from the Council to make a total budget of £4.5m.

Councillor Peter Moyle, Leader of the Council said: "Successful initiatives such as Westgate and changes in the way people shop are providing new opportunities for the town and contributed greatly to the success of the bid. We are very pleased that this money has been secured for investment in Aldershot town centre."

Councillor Moyle added: "We want the town centre to be a busy and thriving place and the planned programme of improvements will help us to improve the appearance of Aldershot town centre and pedestrian links between key locations. We understand the issues facing Aldershot and see this phased approach as the next part of Aldershot's regeneration."

The first phase of improvements is expected to start next year and will see the shop fronts of key town centre buildings restored.

Phase two will focus on Union Street and Wellington Street. Paving will be repaired and Yorkstone will be replaced with block paving to match the current materials. Existing street furniture and landscaping will be scaled back to give clearer views and lighting will be redesigned to enhance the night-time environment.

The next stage will see signage improved to encourage people to visit different parts of town. Existing finger posts will be kept and seven monoliths will be installed at key town centre locations to provide visitors with information.

Phase four will focus on Court Road and Wellington Street. A new footway link will be added between the upper decks of the High Street car park and Court Road. A new amphitheatre stairway will lead pedestrians from the High Street car park to the town. The car park will receive an external facelift and secure cycle stores will be introduced.

The following phase will see Barrack Road closed to general traffic. Grosvenor Road will become a single lane making it easier for pedestrians to move from one side of the street to the other. There will be a focus on improving the look of the area, with wider pavements, contrasting paving materials, public art and street tree planting.

Residents and businesses can find out more about the project at exhibitions being staged at key Aldershot sites in August. Starting on Monday 4 August, there will be displays at the Princes Hall and Wellington Centre. These will then move to Morrisons at Westgate and the Aldershot pools complex from Friday 15 August to the end of the month.

In the autumn, the Council will draw up detailed plans for councillors to consider. If approved, it will appoint contractors in the spring and work will begin. Phases one and two are scheduled to be completed in summer 2015.

Rutland Tiles

Rutland Floor and Wall Tiles

New independent retailer opens in Aldershot

Aldershot welcomes new independent business Rutland Floor and Wall Tiles earlier this month. Open in one of the recently refurbished shop units at the top of the pedestrianized shopping area along Grosvenor Road.

July 2014

The Glasses Shop

The Glasses Shop

New independent retailer opens in Aldershot

The Glasses Shop

The top of Union Street sees the opening of a new independent opticians, The Glasses Shop. Open since the beginning of July the opticians offers designer glasses and frames at discounted prices.

July 2014

Armed Forces Day

Retailers offer special discounts as part of Armed Forces Day shopping promotion.

To mark Armed Forces Day in Aldershot town Centre, selected retailers are providing special offers to the Armed Forces community.

Exclusive deals and discounts will be offered to Army Personnel and their families between 28 June to 5 July.

Rushmoor Borough Council has been working with town centre retailers, including Specsavers, Toby Carvery, Edgar Jerome, The Games Shop, Frankie and Benny's, His Hair and Bridges Estate Agents to organise the promotion.

Members of the forces community and their families will receive preferential rates and discounts of between ten and 20 per cent at participating stores.

Retailers taking part in the promotion will display posters in their shop windows and are listed on theRushmoor Borough Council and the Rewards For Forces website. To receive the promotion, service personnel will simply need to show their military identification at the till.

 

Victoria Day 2014

Victoria Day success

Hundreds of families lined the streets of Aldershot for biennial celebration

Hundreds of families lined the streets of Aldershot on Saturday to watch the biggest Victoria Day parade ever to be held.

More than 30 groups and businesses dressed up in Victorian costume and took part in the grand parade, which was organised by Rushmoor borough Council. Plumed horses from E Finch & Son led the parade carrying Aldershot's very own Queen Victoria, Betty Bryce while marching bands, army cadets and majorettes provided musical entertainment. A number of charities and organisations took part in the parade including Step By Step, Aldershot Childcare Association, the Aldershot WI and the Aldershot Lions who dressed up in Victorian style swimwear. The parade also featured a procession of classic cars.

Councillor Peter Moyle, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council said: "Victoria Day was a great success and is being hailed as the best yet. It was great to see so many people enjoying one of the biggest events in Aldershot's calendar."

As well as the parade at 11am, more than 35 of street stalls lined Union Street offering a variety of products and information. Live entertainment provided a focal point in Princes Gardens including performances from The Stylettes, the Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion and Park Primary School, while the classic car show in the Princes Gardens car park kept vehicle enthusiasts gripped. The Dallas Donkeys, a children's farm, funfair rides and a traditional Punch and Judy show provided entertainment for younger children.

David Phillips, Aldershot's town centre manager said: "We have received some excellent feedback from the town centre traders who have reported an increase in their day's trade. I would like to thank everybody who came along and showed their support for Victoria Day and Aldershot - the day was a wonderful, community occasion."

Throughout the summer, a number of events will be held in Aldershot town centre. On every Saturday in July and August, there will be free lunchtime concerts at the Princes Garden bandstand. The next big event is the Aldershot Live Music Day, which will take place on 26 July and includes more than 25 rock, pop, world and acoustic acts, more information can be found on Rushmoor Borough Council's website

D-Day Poppy Tree

D-Day Events

Special events mark 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

To mark the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, the Princes Gardens bandstand in Aldershot will host a free special commemorative concert by the Bagshot Concert Band on Saturday 7 June.

Organised by Rushmoor Borough Council, the brass band will perform between midday and 2pm and will feature music from the Second World War era.

Shoppers will also be able to see a specially decorated tree in Union Street adorned in giant large red poppies. Rushmoor Borough Council in conjunction with the Royal British Legion has organised this special display in commemoration of D-Day.

As well as this concert, the Princes Hall will also be hosting two special film screenings of The Longest Day at 2.30pm and Saving Private Ryan at 7.30pm on Monday 2 June. To mark the 70th anniversary, the tickets will be priced at the 1940s' price of 1s/5d - 7p a ticket in today's money.

Later in the month, Aldershot will be celebrating Armed Forces Day with a special week-long shopping promotion in the town centre. Between Saturday 29 June and Saturday 6 July, selected retailers will be offering military personnel special deals and discounts. For more information about the offers, please visit Rushmoor Borough Council's website.

Events

Summer of Events

There is lots happening in Aldershot this summer.

We have lots of events planned for shoppers in Aldershot this summer.

Saturday 14 June - Victoria Day

This Summer the town is welcoming the return of Victoria Day. The much-loved carnival event celebrates the town's Victorian heritage and brings hundreds of families to the town. Information stalls, live street and stage entertainment a grande parade and much more will be on offer between 10am and 5pm. More information about the event is available on the event website.

Saturday 28th June - Armed Forces Day

To celebrate Armed Forces Day in Aldershot Town Centre we will be bringing back our special shopping promotion for military personnel. Participating retailers will offer special discounts to service personnel for the week-long shopping event.

We will also be holding a special bandstand concert in the Princes Gardens bandstand between 12noon and 2pm.

More information about the promotion and details of the retailers taking part can be found on the Rushmoor Borough Council's website.

Every Saturday over Summer - Lunchtime Bandstand Concerts

Every Saturday throughout the summer shoppers and residents will be able to come into town with a picnic and listen to a free bandstand concert in the Princes Gardens Bandstand between 12noon and 2pm. More information about the bands playing can be found on the event website.

Saturday 26th July - Aldershot Live Music Day

The event is now in its fourth year and aims to give local artists a 30 minute set to perform their style of music live on stage. Performances will take place between 11am and 4pm on three stages across the town centre. The stages will be located at the crossroads of Union Street and Wellington Street, the Princes Gardens bandstand and the Westgate leisure complex. More information about the event is available on the council's website.

Saturday 16th August - The Three Musketeers - outdoor theatre

This summer will see be hosting the first ever outdoor theatre performance in the Princes Gardens bandstand. 'The Three Musketeers' will be performed by Box Tree Productions for free to shoppers and families in the town.

For more information about the events in Aldershot Town Centre following like AldershotTownCentre on  Facebookor follow AldershotTC on Twitter.

Wethershpons Open

JD Wetherspoons

Aldershot's latest retailer opens.

We are very excited to welcome JD Wetherspoons in Aldershot Town Centre.

Now open for business, the company has spent the last few months renovating and refurbishing the building to bring it back into use.

The building now features and outside area to the back of the premises as well as newly reconditioned guest rooms above.

The owners applied for planning permission in August 2013 from Rushmoor Borough Council.

www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-queen-hotel

April 2014

Aldershot Easter Fun

Easter Fun

Free Family Fun in Aldershot Town Centre.

This Easter the little ones can come to Aldershot Town Centre and take part in the free family fun on offer.

An Easter Egg Hunt around the town will be running between the 5th and 21st April. Children can search the town for pictures of Easter eggs hidden in shop windows. Once they have found them, they need to make a note of each letter and then work out the hidden riddle.

There will also be a free Children's Farm in the shopping core on Saturday 19th April open between 11am and 4pm.

More information is available on the Rushmoor Borough Council website.

April 2014

Shopping

Help for retailers

Rate relief available for retailers in Aldershot.

Rushmoor Borough Council is offering up to £1,000 business rate relief for eligible retail properties.

The relief is available to business units that are wholly or mainly used as shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments with a rateable value of £50,000 or less.

The rate relief is available for the years 2014/15 and 2015/16. Eligible businesses will receive rate relief automatically. Businesses that receive the discount will be sent a revised bill showing their reduced business rates.

More information is available on the Rushmoor Borough Council website.

April 2014

TanAntonio

Tan Antonio Ltd

Aldershot welcomes new independent business.

Aldershot saw the official opening of the town's new Tan Antonio Ltd salon in Wellington Street on Saturday 22nd March.

Open 7-days a week, the salon offers a variety of tanning options including spray tans and both vertical and lie down powered tanning booths,

March 2014

Serenity

New Salon Opens

Brow Bar opens in Aldershot Town Centre.

Independent beauty salon, Serenity, has now opened in the Upper Mall of The Wellington shopping centre.

The business has grown from a brow bar in the mall of the shopping centre to having its own shop offering eyelash extensions, waxing, shellac nails and pedicures.

February 2014

Family

Ranked Best In UK

Aldershot ranked top for private sector growth.

The recently published Centre for Cities 2014 Report has ranked Aldershot as having the top private sector employment growth over the last year.

The report looks at the 64 largest towns and cities in the UK and evaluates everything from life satisfaction, inequality, house price growth, education, jobs, patents, businesses and population growth.

Aldershot was ranked the 3rd fastest-growing life satisfaction in the UK, 4th highest business stock per 10,000 population, 5th highest number of patents granted and 6th in highest business start-ups.

Centre for Cities Report

January 2014

Aldershop

Aldershop

Town opens very own pop-up shop over the festive season.

Aldershot's first ever pop up shop has been a huge success with more than 24 local entrepreneurs taking part.

The initiative has given craftspeople and small businesses the chance to sell their products from a town centre shop, offering the perfect opportunity to experience retailing during the busy Christmas shopping period. More than 50 applicants applied to be part of the scheme.

January 2014

Kart Klub

Kart Klub moves

Local business moves to prominent town centre location.

A local business that has been in the town nearly 20 years has relocated to 29 Wellington Street in Aldershot.

The Kart Klub formerly of The Arcade has moved into an empty unit along Wellington Street. Selling a vast range video games, both retro and new. Make sure you pop in and have a look - perfect Christmas presents available.

November 2013

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Christmas Lights

Christmas arrives in Aldershot with the light switch-on

Aldershot sparkled on Saturday 16 November as the town celebrated the start of the festive season at the annual Christmas lights switch-on event.

Back by popular demand was CBeebies presenter and star of 'I Can Cook', Katy Ashworth, who switched the lights on at 4.45pm with help from Father Christmas, the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Terry Bridgeman, and cast members from this year's Princes Hall pantomime, 'Peter Pan'.

Throughout the afternoon, there was lots to keep little ones entertained, including a children's farm, children's fairground rides and entertainer Juggling Jake and his circus skills.

Katy Ashworth also held a special 'meet and greet' in The Wellington shopping centre from 3pm, and children also had the chance to meet Father Christmas and one of his real life reindeer.

A variety of live music was performed on the outside stage in Wellington Street. Simon Rose from 96.4 Eagle Radio will host the entertainment, with local covers bands 'The Congakeyz' and 'The Mays' playing live sets.

Shoppers were also able to enjoy performances from The Westy Choir, The Crosstown Trio, Park Primary School, the Aldershot Military Wives Choir, Kaia and The Congakeyz.

As well as the Christmas lights switch-on event, there are lots of other things happening in Aldershot this Christmas. Every Saturday in December shoppers will be entertained with carols and live music, and on Saturday 14 December, the YEM Christmas road show will be visiting The Wellington Shopping Centre. The Boxing Day sales begin at 9am on Thursday 26 December.

Also open this Christmas is Aldershot's very first pop-up-shop, 'Aldershop', which can be found at the bottom of Union Street. Aldershop will be open until Sunday 5 January, offering a variety of arts, crafts and other goods for sale. The shop is providing trading space in two-week blocks to 24 local businesses and entrepreneurs allowing them to experience running a shop over the busy Christmas period.

November 2013

Vero

New Coffee Shop

Vero Waffle and Gelato opens at the top of Union Street.

Aldershot's brand new ice cream and waffle shop has opened at the top of Union Street. The family run shop is the second venture for the local business brothers who also own Macchiato.

Selling waffles, coffee and ice cream, the relaxing atmosphere certainly takes you away from the hustle and bussle of the high street.

November 2013

Poppies

Poppies decorate town

300 poppies line the streets to celebrate Remembrance Day.

Aldershot town centre is scattered with large poppies to celebrate this year's Remembrance Day.

Organised by Rushmoor Borough Council and the Royal British Legion, the trees along the pedestrianised Union Street will be a sprinkled with nearly 300 large red lorry poppies to mark this year's Poppy Appeal.

The poppies will be up in for the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday on the 10th November.

October 2013

Cineworld

Thriving first year

Cineworld to hit ambitious audience target.

Almost a year from opening, Aldershot's Cineworld cinema continues to enjoy strong trade and is on track to meet its ambitions customer footfall target.

General manager Christopher Woodhouse said he still expected 400,000 customers to pass through the doors this year after confirming that around 280,000 tickets were sold between the opening and June this year.

Cineworld Aldershot celebrates its first birthday next month, Chris Woodhouse He said: "We have been very pleased with the successful opening and its popularity in the local area. The cinema has been performing solidly since it opened and our results have exceeded expectations".

October 2013

Arcade 2

New site opportunity

Reconfiguration works to create new retail site.

Private property investment company, Dunedin Property, has started reconfiguration work in The Arcade on Wellington Street to create a 15,300ft retail opportunity site in the heart of town centre.

www.dunedinproperty.co.uk

September 2013

Queen Hotel

Planning for new pub

JD Wetherspoon submits planning application.

The new owner of The Queen Hotel, JD Wetherspoon, has submitted a planning application to Rushmoor Borough Council.

The application, which was received by the council in July, includes internal alterations to make more space and a new beer garden at the back of the building.

The award winning pub chain purchased the property back in May and the planning application will be determined at the end of September.

View the planning application.

August 2013

The Dressing Up Shop

Fancy Dress Shop Move

Independent business moves to new shop.

The Dressing Up Shop, formerly of The Arcade has relocated to what was an empty unit in Wellington Street. Owner of the independent business, Shirlee Gibbs, has been trading in the town for more than 25 years.

Selling and hiring a vast range of high quality costumes The Dressing Up Shop is one of the more unique independent retailers in the town.

July 2013

Sports Direct

Sports Direct opens

UK's number one sports retailer opens new store in Wellington Centre

On Friday 5th July, Sports Direct opened a new store in the lower mall of The Wellington Centre, Aldershot.

SportsDirect.com was founded as a single store in Maidenhead as Mike Ashley Sports in 1982 and has now grown to become not only the UK's largest sports retailer, but the UK's number one sports retailer www.sportsdirect.com.

Famous brands such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Umbro, Karrimor, Lonsdale, Dunlop and Slazenger,will not only help you train and improve in your chosen sport  or activity whether you are a beginner or a professional.

www.sportsdirect.com

www.thewellingtoncentre.co.uk

July 2013

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Wellesley planning approved

An application for up to 3,850 new homes has been approved.

Plans for almost four thousand new homes and facilities to be built in Aldershot have been approved by councillors.

The proposals passed last night by Rushmoor Borough Council will expand the town for the first time in almost a century. The Aldershot Urban Extension would be north of the town centre, on the former Aldershot Garrison site. The area is also known as Wellesley.

The development of up to 3,850 buildings will be phased in over the next twelve to fifteen years. The project is a joint project between the Ministry of Defence and Grainger plc.

"This is great news for Rushmoor. The development represents a huge investment in our borough, bringing more people to Rushmoor, providing much-needed new homes, new jobs and a welcome boost to the local economy. It is a powerful statement of the ambition of our borough - to be the best place to live and do business in the South-East."

- Councillor Gareth Lyon, Chairman, Rushmoor Borough Council's Development Control Committee

(Source: ITV News)

July 2012

Website launch

Retail website launched

A website dedicated to attracting potential retailers to Aldershot has been launched.

To help spread the word about all the good things that Aldershot has to offer new and existing businesses, we have created a website to encourage new retailers to the town centre.

Full of information for both national and independent businesses, we hope that it is useful in attracting new trade to the area. Please let us know what you think of the site or if there is anything that could be added?

Contact the Aldershot Town Centre Management Team at towncentremanager@rushmoor.gov.uk

June 2013

Trespass

Trespass opens

Outdoor performance clothing specialist opens new store in Wellington Centre

On 14th May 2013, Trespass opened a new store in the upper mall of The Wellington Centre, Aldershot.

Trespass is a privately-owned sportswear brand with headquarters located in Glasgow, Scotland. The company was first established in 1938 as a manufacturer of work wear and outerwear. The Trespass brand itself was created in 1984. Today it has more than 120 shops in the UK, not to mention the rest that are dotted around all over the world!

www.trespass.com

www.thewellingtoncentre.co.uk

May 2013

Queen Hotel

Wetherspoons

British pub chain JD Wetherspoon buys The Queen Hotel, Aldershot.

Award-winning pub chain JD Wetherspoon has officially announced the completion of its purchase of The Queen Hotel, Aldershot.

With all licences secured, the company is expected to submit an application to expand the building to increase internal space, as well as an extended beer garden, shortly. If approved the pub's floor area could be increased to 3,200 sq ft along with a large external area. More than £1 million is thought to be set aside for the development.

Spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "From our point-of-view. we are keen to open in the town. We believe this is is an extremely good site and we are looking to make some changes subject to them being granted."

(Source: Aldershot News and Mail) 

www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk

May 2013

Arcade

Arcade planning appeal

Arcade planning application approved by Planning Inspectorate.

The Planning Inspectorate has approved a planning application from Arcade owners Dunedin.

The planning application proposed the amalgamation of existing retail units ,with internal and external alterations, to enable the change of use of part of the building from A1 (retail) to A4 (public house) and the creation of a larger A1 retail unit .

Rushmoor Borough Council initially refused the application in November 2012.

http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/article/5633/Notification-of-planning-appeal---The-Arcade-Victoria-Road-Aldershot

May 2013

Wimpy

Wimpy opens

Restaurant chain Wimpy has opened in the Wellington Shopping Centre, Aldershot.

The restaurant, which opened in March 2013, showcases Wimpy's new look interior.

It offers freshly cooked to order meals, including the original Wimpy Quarterpounder, chicken fillets, spicy beanburgers, a range of healthy salads, milkshakes and powermeals for children.

www.thewellingtoncentre.co.uk

March 2013

Jeromes 90

90 years in Aldershot

Menswear retailer Edgar Jerome celebrates 90 years trading in the town centre.

The fashion retailer opened its doors in the town in 1923 and has been serving the community ever since. Run by cousins Paul and John Jerome, the shop specialises in menswear, formal wear and school uniforms.

"My grandfather set up his independent businesses in Aldershot 90 years ago and we have been successfully trading in the town ever since", said John Jerome.

www.edgarjerome.co.uk

March 2013

Population Image

Wellesley planning application received

A planning application for up to 3,850 new homes in Aldershot has been submitted.

Together with two schools, public open spaces and other facilities, plans for the Wellesley housing development are available to be seen on the  Wellesley website.

The development is focused on bringing new families to the town and increasing the local population by 10,000.

December 2012

Wool

Bids and Pieces

Success story as independent retailer moves from stall into shopping centre unit.

After starting out with a market stall, local family-run business 'Bids and Pieces' has moved into a new unit in the Wellington Shopping Centre, Aldershot.

The shop offers wool from King Cole and Woolcraft, including double knitting, four-ply and aran and will be adding more colours/varieties along the way.  Shoppers can also buy knitting needles (metal, acrylic and plastic), cable needles, stitch holders, row counters and patterns for babies, children, adults, toys.

Also on sale are buttons, craft items, cross stitch kits, sewing boxes and so much more.

www.vintagebid.co.uk

www.thewellingtoncentre.co.uk

December 2012