The Council is made up of 14 elected Councillors, who live in the area and take account of the views of local residents. The Councillors are supported by a small staff team led by the Town Clerk.

Ringwood Town Council’s day to day responsibilities include administration of its Allotment sites, Carvers Recreation Ground, Ringwood Cemetery, the War Memorial and grounds, Jubilee Gardens, Dr Little Gardens, Danny Cracknell Pocket Park, Bickerely Village Green, The Mount, Raymond Brown Nature Reserve, play areas including a Skate Park, public seats, bus shelters and a good order of open space and common land.

The Town Council acts as an information point for residents and visitors.

In May 2012 the Council relocated to central new offices at Ringwood Gateway, the Furlong, a building shared with New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council. The Town Council manages the building and the information service at the Reception desk, where visitors may obtain advice on District and Town Council services, help with general enquiries, and purchase of parking clocks for the Furlong car park.

Ringwood Gateway is open Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm (Friday 9am-4.45pm).

In 2008 Ringwood Town Council carried out a major consultation exercise which resulted in a Town Plan and Strategy. This information is used to inform and structure decisions about projects and issues affecting the Town.

There is sometimes confusion about the responsibilities of the different councils in the region.

Hampshire County Council is responsible for services such as education, highways, and strategic planning within the county.

New Forest District Council is responsible for services such as housing, waste collection, council tax and local planning.

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