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Fordingbridge Town Council

ANNUAL TOWN ASSEMBLY

Kate Ryan, the chief executive of the New Forest District Council will be talking about:

“The New Forest District Council’s new corporate plan, priorities for the future and the implications for Fordingbridge.”

17th April 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

The Town Hall, 63 High Street, Fordingbridge SP6 1AS
All welcome

Our Current Meetings

Our Latest Minutes

  • 27 – 03 Finance & Policy Minutes DRAFT
  • 27 – 03 – EO General Council Minutes DRAFT
  • 20 – 03 General Purposes DRAFT
  • 20 – 03 Amenities Minutes DRAFT
  • 13 – 03 Planning Minutes DRAFT
  • 06 – 03 General Council Minutes DRAFT

Annual Governance and Accountability Returns

About Fordingbridge

Fordingbridge is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 under the name Forde.

The River Avon runs through the town which lies 13 miles south of Salisbury.

To the east is the New Forest and to the west are the Western Downlands and Cranborne Chase. The current population is approximately 6000 people.

The first Great Bridge, from which the town received its present name, was built in mediaeval times prior to 1252.


It is built of local stone and has a total of 7 arches spanning the river.

Although it has been subject to various works over the years it remains a major feature of the town.

A bronze statue of the controversial painter, Augustus John, stands on the banks of the Avon near the Great Bridge.  

The town enjoys a beautiful park where visitors and locals can take advantage of the river, the children’s play area, skate park, secluded memorial gardens and sports playing fields.   

Since 1982 Fordingbridge has been twinned with Vimoutiers in Normandy.

It is also home to Fordingbridge Turks FC, one of the 50 oldest football clubs in England, established circa 1868. 

Fordingbridge Town Council is politically independent and has 12 elected councillors who are accountable to the electors of the town.

Currently we have 8 members of staff and the annual precept for 2020/21 is approximately £230,000.

As a Town Council we are the first layer of local government.

Our aim is to engage local people and respond to their needs, through representation as community advocates and by providing services such as parks and open spaces.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Fordingbridge Town Council is responsible for the provision and maintenance of our recreation ground, parks, children’s play areas, playing fields, allotments and cemeteries at Stuckton and the closed cemetery of St Mary’s Church. In addition to the management of these open spaces, we also maintain the Town Hall, Sports Pavilion, Riverside Café and toilets and the War Memorial.

We operate Fordingbridge Information Office which is your local face to face contact point for help and advice on all issues relating to our town. We administer a range of functions on behalf of the New Forest District Council including housing benefit, council tax reduction, waste/recycling, planning, sale of parking clocks and refuse sacks, payment of council tax, council rents and much more. We are a referring agent for Food Bank Vouchers and we also provide visitor information.

The activities the town council is involved in are varied and diverse. We have a range of functions including representative powers and must be notified by the District or County Council of all planning applications in our area, proposals to carry out works and surveys etc. We liaise with relevant authorities regarding infrastructure, policing, community issues and represent the views and needs of the community.

COST OF LIVING
RESOURCES

HELP IS AVAILABLE

ROAD
CLOSURES

Local roadworks are available from the One.Network

PARKING
CLOCKS

GET YOUR 2024 PARKING CLOCKS

FORDINGBRIDGE EVENTS GROUP & FORDINGBRIDGE TOWN COUNCIL

D-DAY 80

REMEMBERING
THE NORMANDY LANDINGS

THURSDAY 6 JUNE 2024 FROM 8.00pm

A COMMEMORATIVE EVENT AT FORDINGBRIDGE RECREATION GROUND
PERFORMANCES BY SINGSPACE CHOIR AND HYDE BAND
BEACON LIGHTING 9.15pm

Stronger Together Across Ringwood and Fordingbridge.  Supporting local families out of hardship

Stronger Together Across Ringwood & Fordingbridge – STARF

We are a local charity giving help and support to families in crisis in our Ringwood & Fordingbridge Schools.

Our vision is:
All families at Ringwood & Fordingbridge Schools should have access to the support they need to develop and grow. No child should have to face poverty and mental health problems alone.
Visit our website https://www.starf.uk or email help@starf.uk for more information.