I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in Tidworth and the Community Area, a Happy New Year. At this time of year we reflect on the year just gone and look forward to new challenges in the New Year.
The end of 2016 took an unexpected turn with the former Mayor resigning due to a change in his personal circumstances. The Council and I thank Chris Franklin for his services to the Town. It was, however, a great honour and privilege for me to become Tidworth’s second Mayor.
Tidworth has seen many changes in recent years and there will be more to come with the new Civic Centre and the development of the old NAAFI site at the top of Station Road.
The long awaited War Memorial will be erected this year, which will put right the long-standing wrong that the town has not until now had a memorial. I would like to thank the War Memorial Committee for its work on what is a fabulous design and something the town can be proud of.
There are a number of planned highway works on the A338 as well as a new roundabout at the top of Ludgershall Road and the opening of the new link road behind Riverbourne Fields. Change is not always welcome but without it, Tidworth would not be the place it is today. Twenty years ago, the town had no leisure centre or supermarkets. It was a dying town. It is now a community on the up and somewhere people want to settle.
I hope that 2017 brings you what you hope for. Happy New Year!