CHARD residents discussed topics and issues with council officers and councillors at the town’s first public engagement event.

The event took place on January 16 and Chard Town Council has now shared the details of the “successful” meeting.

Those who took part discussed anti-social behaviour, speeding in some areas of the town, and the promotion of events such as Culturally Chard.

A town council spokesperson said: “Chard Town Council, officers, and councillors alike would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who attended this event.

“There were in the region of 50 people during the course of the evening with a lively atmosphere.

“Also in attendance were members of Somerset Council, members of CARG, and members of the Youth Council who played an active part in making the evening a successful ‘first’.

“Some of the topics addressed with individual members of the public were:

"Town Commerce Group - This has since been moved forward with an initial meeting for local business owners taking place at the Guildhall on Wednesday, February 7 at 6pm.

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"Dealing with antisocial behaviour close to home - Clarity over the reporting of incidents of antisocial behaviour.

"Allotments - Ascertaining the availability of allotment plots in Chard and joining a waiting list.

"The current ‘Speed Watch’ project - Collecting data on how fast people are travelling.

"This is occurring on multiple roads in Chard to make a case for the installation of a Speed Indicator Device – SID and volunteering to help.

"Promotion of upcoming events taking place at the Guildhall - Greater awareness of the availability of groups using the Guildhall and the opportunity to join them.

"Culturally Chard - Increased awareness of what Culturally Chard has achieved over the past three years.

Before the event, Chard Town Council said: “This informal afternoon/evening will be a great opportunity, which we welcome everyone along to, to learn more about their local town council, what projects we have been working towards, our future aspirations and to meet the officers and councillors behind them.

“Chard Town Council has had a busy year, having accomplished various projects, delivered a variety of events and met some key milestones.”