I was saddened to read and learn of the death of Clive Hayward, a person I respected and held in high esteem.

I first met him at the turn of the century when I became involved with The South West Quadrant, Hayward and Company and West Dorset District Council in a joint planning application to restore and redevelop their respective lands.

Unfortunately, the application did not get off the ground and failed at the first hurdle. This did not deter Haywards and, thereafter, Clive and his company went it alone.

At the time, I was a district councillor ward member and became very much concerned with resurrecting a scheme whereby the trading estate was to be refurbished for a mixed uses purpose.

This was met with opposition from various quarters and a subsequent number of planning applications followed; until 2017 when planning permission was granted.

Over these years, Clive Hayward went about matters in a calm, quiet and dignified manner to try to appease those people who took exception to the proposals.

In 1968, Haywards acquired the site, transforming it to provide start up units for many local businesses and artists.

As well as restoring these units (for many had over a period of time fallen into disrepair), to make the proposals viable, the scheme incorporated much needed affordable housing for our young people, at the same time, boosting the town’s economy.

Mr Hayward leaves behind a legacy to be admired which, in the years to come, we shall look back and appreciate his aspirations.