ROMSEY residents are being given the last chance to have their say on how the town’s waterways are developed and enhanced.

This includes improved access for the disabled, producing information leaflets about the waterways, putting up heritage plaques, waterside walks and other ideas. The six week consultation starts today (December 14) and concludes on January 25.

Natural England, the Environment Agency, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Romsey and District Society and Test Valley and Hampshire County Council formed a partnership to develop a strategy for the local waterways following earlier public consultation.

Residents in and around Romsey can view the proposals on line and submit their views.

And the latest consultation is to make sure the public is happy with what is planned.

Test Valley’s deputy leader, Martin Hatley, also cabinet planning spokesman, said: “The waterways of Romsey have played an important part in the history of the town and add much to its character. In recent years, their value has not been fully appreciated. There is significant opportunity to improve the waterways for the benefit of people and wildlife.”

He added: “Following the consultation in 2011, the partners in the project have come together to prepare a strategy. They have committed themselves to a project to enhance the waterways and wetlands and foster a greater interest in them.”

To look at the proposals online, go to and comment.