The outgoing mayor of Littlehampton has spoken about the highlights of her year in office.

Wendy Squires gave her speech at the annual town meeting.

The beginning of her year coincided with celebrations associated with the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Councillor Squires said: "It all seems a long time ago now but we in Littlehampton, along with the rest of the nation, were focused on celebrating this special event.

"The town participated through the lighting of the beacon brazier on the seafront, several street parties and other events.

"Many volunteers co-operated to produce a wonderful jubilee map, which is now on display, and copies of which are for sale in Littlehampton Museum.

"It is an extraordinary achievement and a tribute to all those who took part. The town council is pleased to be associated with such a piece of work."

The mayor said she was delighted the council had used its influence to ensure Littlehampton Hospital was the preferred option for a community hospital in the area.

She also said Littlehampton police station, after many years of speculation about its future, would not be closed and that the town was being promised a higher policing profile.

Coun Squires said considerable efforts had been made by the council to ensure the future of the Windmill theatre and cinema complex.

She said: "These achievements are significant in creating a spirit of well-being and a positive attitude in the community.

"Things are being done and progress has been made to continue to make Littlehampton a desirable and enjoyable place to live and work."

A significant achievement early in the year was the successful negotiation to officially transfer Rosemead Open Space to Littlehampton Town Council from Arun District Council control.

Coun Squires said: "This has been a long, drawn-out process but I am delighted to report that in the relatively short period of time the land has been in the ownership of the town council, considerable work has been undertaken to improve the site.

"Plans are now being prepared to continue that initiative and take it forward.

It is an important achievement for the town to have its own open space.

Mrs Squires said she had had the pleasure and privilege of representing the town on many occasions during her year in office.

She said: "It has been an honour to attend all the functions, events, exhibitions, displays and other initiatives that have gone on in the town.

"I congratulate all these organisations, too numerous to mention."

A personal ambition during her year as mayor had been to visit the schools in Littlehampton to promote good citizenship.

She said: "I am pleased to report that I achieved my objective and found it to be most worthwhile and rewarding."

She said the council was pleased to support many local organisations in putting on events, such as the carnival, bonfire night celebrations, regatta and the town show.

Mrs Squires said: "I congratulate all those involved in organising those events and would like to thank, on behalf of the town, the many volunteers who commit themselves on these occasions.

"Littlehampton is a traditional seaside resort which relies on attracting families and day visitors.

"More recently tourism has suffered and new initiatives have had to be considered in order to encourage tourists back to the resort."