On Wednesday 27th July Ringwood Town Council held its second Open Air Full Council meeting which could now be set to become an annual feature for the town council.

There were 70 people in attendance with some good representation from young people as well as the more established residents of the town.

Once again councillors opted to discuss the most emotive of subjects on the Agenda which on this occasion was about over 1200 new homes to be built in the town.

Councillors at the open air meetingDuring the open session Councillor Edward Heron who is the Portfolio Holder for New Forest District Council fielded a variety of questions from members of the public and answered criticisms about the consultation process.

The session was chaired by Mayor of Ringwood Councillor Michael Thierry who moved amongst the audience with microphones and encouraged people to speak up. Councillor Thierry said ‘this is a wonderful opportunity for people to voice their concerns and I am very happy that Ringwood Town Council has given local people an arena to air those concerns’.

Over the next 20 years Ringwood is set to see 1250 new houses built on 3 different sites around the town with 750 of those homes being planned to go on football fields and allotments currently owned by the town council.

Residents of Ringwood have been encouraged to participate in the consultation but Councillor Heron warned that if they didn’t make a decision on where to put the houses then the Government would decide for them and that might be even more unpopular.

Information about this consultation is available on New Forest District Council web site and on Ringwood Town Council web site and Facebook page