Picture of our mayor, councillor Bradbury asks for a motion to approve last year's Town Assembly minutes

The mayor, councillor Bradbury, alongside the deputy mayor, councillor John Clarke, ask for a motion to approve last year's Town Assembly minutes

Last night’s annual Town Assembly, chaired by the mayor Councillor Vince Bradbury, heard reports from local, regional and county councillors, as well as from many of the town’s volunteer organisations.

Our mayor reported on the various activities throughout the past year, and urged locals to get involved with the issue of dog mess on the town’s various parks – if nothing is forthcoming from locals by May 10, then a ban on dogs will be imposed.

Our Hampshire County Council councillor Tom Thacker reported that he has spent several thousand pounds from his councillor fund on projects around the town, including £500 for a new access ramp for the Parish Hall. After his report, he asked to be excused so that he could attend a birthday party.

The B&DBC councillors Keith Watts and Eric Dunlop reported on various activities that they have been involved with, including the demolition of the Railway Inn pub and its conversion into a temporary car park (which was not granted planning permission and is now shut). There was concern raised about a possible 300ft well on the site. It was reported that a future planning application for the site will now be heard, and decided by, Hampshire County Council as it involves parking issues.

Various volunteers from organisations around town then gave reports on their activities: