THE Fordingbridge Society has been dissolved after more than 30 years of service to the town.

Members made the decision at a meeting on December 3.

The aim of the group was to encourage high standards of planning and architecture in the town and surrounding villages, including the preservation, protection and improvement of amenities and features of public interest.

A statement from the society said it was a “sad loss for the town”, adding: “Formed over 30 years ago the society has had a proud history of service to the citizens of Fordingbridge and outlying districts, and many of its achievements are still visible in the town, notably the Millennium Statue outside the town hall. Books and brochures orchestrated by the society are available from Fordingbridge Museum.

“As the town developed, and new houses were built, particularly Parsonage Park, the society regularly made known its views on the proposals put forward, as its members were concerned that the character and originality of the town be preserved.

“Its members over the years should be congratulated on the work they have done, and none more so than Dr Edgar Moss, who at age 93 has finally had to step down.”

Dr Moss was secretary of the society before being appointed as chairman and later president.

He said: “Obviously, after all the work I have put into it I am sorry to see it disappear.

“There is so much work that needs to done with all the new houses being built, the roads are still congested and the work [of the society] should have been carried on. Unfortunately, we haven’t got the younger generation interested to do so.”

The society says it has been struggling to fill roles within the society as well as having an “ageing membership”, adding: “The meeting expressed the view that this was a malaise affecting many clubs at the present time, with younger people leading different lives and more particularly, the rapidly growing trend of using social media.”