FORDINGBRIDGE Town Council is taking over the information service provided by New Forest District Council following the closure of the district’s office in Provost Street.

A new information office is being launched on Friday in Kings Yard, to offer information on town and district council services and visitor information.

Mayor Malcolm Connolly said: “It is vitally important, not just to residents in the town but to those residents who live in the outlying parishes.

“We have been able to join up the NFDC Information Service with our successful Visitor Information Service which each summer has proved to be so popular with both local residents and visitors. With the office being open throughout the year it means there is now a ‘one stop shop’ for all enquiries.”

Kathy Downie and Julie Tadman are the new information officers. The office will also provide a private meeting space for councillors and council officers to speak with residents.

The office will be open from November to March, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm and from April to October Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays 10am to 1pm. Call on 01425 654560 or