On behalf of the Town Council, I would like to respond to recent comments on Facebook regarding shopping, or rather the lack of, in Fordingbridge. The Town Council supported the proposal of a new supermarket on the Fordingbridge Club site in principle, rumoured to be for Waitrose. However there were several factors which members felt were not complimentary to Fordingbridge on that particular site including design, access and loss of public car parking spaces. The application was then withdrawn due to a technicality and the site is rumoured to have been sold.
While not wishing to sound dictatorial, local councils are consulted by higher tiers of government in order that they can express the views of residents and local business owners. Open meetings are therefore held when matters such as Planning applications are debated in order that local opinion can be gauged before making recommendations.
All sectors of the community are welcome to attend and make their voices heard.
Businesses in the town also have the opportunity to work together in a positive way through the Business Forum, which has been lacking in drive and direction. By acting as a group, larger companies or supermarket chains could be approached to encourage them to come to Fordingbridge. With regard to parking charges, it is a sad fact that Councils have less money to provide vital services such as car parks; what the town should strive to do is make it worth paying the charge for a visit to the town.
As advised at the Annual Town Assembly, the Town Council are looking at ways to refresh the way it works including more community involvement and say in developments and services provided. A Business Plan or Strategic Plan is to be prepared detailing what the Council will do in the future, how it will do it and how it will be paid for – this can only work or be worthwhile if it represents the needs of its community together with providing an attraction to visitors. This is in addition to producing a Neighbourhood Plan which is a Planning document used to recognise development potential and choices available – this is localism, taking the decisions locally rather than being led by higher tiers of government.
Take a look at forthcoming meetings and Agendas and please do attend, voice your thoughts and work with the Council to bring about some positives outcomes.
Finally, just in case you are thinking of complaining about loss of valuable open space, there are no plans to developm the Recreation Ground as a supermarket site!
Fordingbridge is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 under the name Forde.
The town lies on the banks of the River Avon in Hampshire and has a population of approximately 5,700 people.
A major feature of the town is the 7 arched bridge.
Since 1982 Fordingbridge has been twinned with Vimoutiers in Normandy
For details about retailers and services the Fordingbridge Town Centre Shopping is a good source of information on food and drink, health and wellbeing, house and home, leisure and local interest, professional and financial services and vehicles, and includes a useful map.
The Fordingbridge Information Office (see PDF for more details) is located at Kings Yard, Salisbury Street and offers a range of information on Town Council Services, New Forest District Council Services and Visitor Information. Opening Hours are:
April – October – 10am-4pm Monday to Friday
November – March – 10:00am-4:00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Telephone 01425 654560
Notice of Vacancy
Vacancy – Information Officer – Casual Work
Friends of Fordingbridge Hospital
Following the closure of this charity, the assets remaining at the AGM were distributed. Please see this PDF for details
- Augustus John – Welsh portrait artist, born 1878, who lived in Fordingbridge from 1927 until his death in 1961
- Frank Jefferis – former Southampton, Everton and England footballer, born 1884
- Neil McCarthy – actor, born 1933
- Paul Kidby artist, born 1964, best known for his art based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, lives and works in Fordingbridge
- Daniel O’Mahony writer, born 1973
Christmas in Fordingbridge 2015
A video giving the taste of the Christmas Lights countdown and Christmas shopping (You Tube video)
The Moto Guzzi Club of Great Britain 40th International V Twin Rally
28-31 August, 2015 in Fordingbridge, Hampshire UK. Photography, Editing and Production by Tim Devane.
World War One Centenary
Fordingbridge First World War Centenary Commemoration
The Fictitious Village of Fordwick 1914
Welcome to the village of Fordwick in July 1914 just before the outbreak of the Great War, when life was normal, but how this would change in a very short space of time. (You Tube Video)