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Reg 14 consultation on draft Melksham Neighbourhood Plan ** NOW OPEN **
Notice of Regulation 14 Pre-Submission Consultation and Publicity on the Draft Melksham Neighourhood Plan Melksham Town Council and Melksham Without Parish Council have prepared a Draft Neighbourhood Plan for the parishes of Melksham Town ....More

Council Meeting Update
Melksham Without Parish Council Office Closed   Following the recent Government advice,  Melksham Without Parish Council have taken the regrettable decision to close their office to the public. Office staff can be reached ....More

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The Council's facebook page is Melksham Without Parish Council or for additional community news find and friend request Teresa Strange (Clerk to Melksham Without).  On Twitter the Council's account is @melkshamwithout and ....More

OUT OF HOURS TELEPHONE NUMBER
In the case of urgent Parish matters that cannot wait until the office is open please ring 07341 474234   ....More


Bowerhill Vacancy
BOWERHILL VACANCY: There is still a vacancy for a Councillor in the Bowerhill Ward following the resignation of Cllr Kaylum House at the end of last year, but unfortunately all elections have been postponed by the Government until May 2021, when ....More

Public Open Spaces
PUBLIC OPEN SPACES
 
Public Open Spaces and Amenity Land are there for all to enjoy, and they certainly have been very busy over the last 3 months, with many residents using them initially for daily exercise and then for meeting up with others for picnics and a chat.  They are for the benefit of everyone and we do ask that you respect the social distancing rules in place at any one time.  If you have brought a picnic or takeaway to one of the playing fields, please do think about taking your rubbish home with you (it will be much lighter on the journey home!) and if you are unable to do so please use the bins provided.  The parish council staff are spending a lot of time and effort continually picking up strewn litter, and we have found broken glass in areas frequented by lots of people, particularly children.    There are large commercial blue waste bins in the car park at Bowerhill Sports Field, please feel free to use these if the bins are full. 

The Bowerhill Pavilion changing room facilities remain closed under the current Government guidance, but it has been lovely to see the children returning to football training in small groups on the field and groups exercising there too. The parish council have taken the opportunity to improve the condition of the football pitches whilst the grassroots football season has been cut short.   Shaw Playing Field has suffered from some mindless graffiti, which is a shame as it spoils the enjoyment of others.

The grass cutting at the public open space at Hornchurch Road at Bowerhill has now been taken over by the parish council from Wiltshire Council.  The plan is still to improve the condition of an area of grass for informal games, where the grass will be kept short, but the plan to have a wildflower meadow in a area of the field has been put on hold until next year.  The grass has been kept short this Spring to allow for daily exercise and if the grass in that area was now left longer there would be no flower seeds to fall and reseed. A new picnic bench has been provided by BRAG (Bowerhill Residents Action Group) with funding from local Bowerhill company Gompels Healthcare. 

Wiltshire Council are still continuing with their wild flower trials, and will leave some of their public open space land with areas of grass that are only cut in April, August and September and this includes an area of the large grass area behind Wellington Drive in Bowerhill, it will still be cut regularly at the end with the football goal post.  

Both Wiltshire Council and the parish council get many requests for grass cutting to be done, and also many requests for grass cutting not to be done to allow the wildlife to flourish, and all parties are striving to achieve the right balance.

The parish council have been working on a project with the town council to take develop the former George Ward school playing fields into a mini country park, now known as Shurnhold Fields.  They will now be seeking the relevant permissions to install a small car park (10 spaces) and improve the access off Dunch Lane for vehicles.  There are an enthusiastic group of volunteers, the Friends of Shurnhold Fields and they have been carrying out regular working parties and the wildflower meadow sown at the end of the Autumn is currently in flower and worth a visit.  There is a noticeboard at the field entrance with details of how to get in touch if you wish to volunteer and they have their own facebook page Friends of Shurnhold Fields

                  Hornchurch Road public open space

                                                                                                                              





                     Land behind Wellington Drive      







  

COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW
COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW You will hopefully have seen another letter from Wiltshire Council regarding the Community Governance Review, but what does it mean to you?   Periodically, these reviews are undertaken by Wiltshire Council ....More

BERRYFIELD VILLAGE HALL
BERRYFIELD VILLAGE HALL   Melksham Without Parish Council value village halls as a vital part of a community. In fact, they are the very hub and focal point for village life.  They provide an important space for private events, social ....More

WHAT? WHY? WHERE? Melksham Neighbourhood Plan
Want to find out more about the Melksham Neighbourhood Plan? What to find out WHAT a Neighbourhood Plan is? WHERE it covers and WHY its important to you? This is the first few of a suite of videos by local people explaining all you need to know........ ....More

PRESS RELEASE: DRAFT MELKSHAM NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
Melksham Communities to Determine a Shared Vision for their Neighbourhood During lockdown, work has continued apace on the Melksham Neighbourhood Plan, which is now in draft form and ready for consultation. This is a really important document for ....More

APRENTICESHIP CASE STUDY - MELKSHAM WITHOUT PARISH COUNCIL
Thinking of taking on an apprenticeship?  Read here to find out the success story at Melksham Without. https://workwiltshire.co.uk/2020/02/05/national-apprenticeship-week-case-study-level/ ....More

Precept and Budget 2020/21
PRECEPT & BUDGET 2020/21:   Melksham Without Parish Council set its Precept at its Full Council meeting held on Monday 20th January 2020. The Council unanimously agreed to set its Precept – the proportion of Council Tax paid to the Parish ....More

Privacy Notice & Data Protection Policies
For details of the parish council's privacy notice and Data Protection policies please see the section "Council Policies" under "Your Council" from the main menu.....More

Privacy Notice
The information you provide (personal information such as name, address, email address, phone number, organisation) will be processed and stored to enable us to contact you and respond to your correspondence, provide information and/or access our facilities ....More

Pre-application meetings with developers welcomed
The Parish Council welcomes the opportunity to hold meetings with developers at early pre-application stage in order to discuss the needs and requirements of the community and how any potential future development could meet or address these. Please click ....More

Want to keep in touch?
Want to keep in touch? Follow us on facebook Melksham Without Parish Council or Teresa Strange (Clerk) for additional community news, on twitter @melkshamwithout and melkshamwithoutpc on instagram. ....More



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