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.
There is sometimes confusion about the responsibilities of the different councils in the region.
The types of things that Ringwood Town Council is responsilbe for include allotments, the cemetery, recreation grounds and some public open spaces. A map of Town Council owned land can be found here.
The Town Council acts as an information point for residents and visitors. Ringwood Gateway opening hours can be found here.
The types of services Hampshire County Council is responsible for include education, transport and roads, social care, registrars service and strategic planning within the county.
The types of services New Forest District Council is responsible for include housing, waste collection, leisure, some open spaces, council tax, benefits and local planning.
A list of each Council's responsibilities can be found here.
National Highways is undertaking works to widen the westbound carriageway of the A31 to three lanes between Ringwood town centre and the B3081 Verwood Underpass, and to replace the road bridges over the River Avon and Bickerley Millstream.
Read on for further information.
Ringwood Gateway will be closed from 4pm on Friday 24 December until 9am on Wednesday 5 January. We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.
Free parking in NFDC car parks this weekend - shop local and support Ringwood businesses on this last weekend before Christmas. It’s also your last chance to vote in the Christmas window competition (deadline for entries 11am on Monday 20 December) and whilst you decide who to vote for, see if you can spot the oddity in some of the windows.