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 by the ....More
Melksham Without Parish Council's Planning Meeting on Monday 2nd August will be held in a different venue than usual, and will be an IN PERSON MEETING at St Barnabas Church, Beanacre at 7pm.
This is to allow easier access for parish ....More
Flying Drone Information: No Matter What Size Drone You Are Flying EVERYBODY Must Comply with these Drone Laws:
The Drone Code –
The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) published The Drone and Model Aircraft Code in October 2019, which is clear ....More
Want to find out more about the proposed #Melksham bypass?
Wiltshire Council are holding two drop-in information sessions at Melksham Library.
The first is on Friday 30 July from 9.30am-1pm and another on Friday 6 August from ....More
FEEDBACK FROM WESSEX WATER FOLLOWING THE INVESTIGATIVE WORK AT BEANACRE RECENTLY REGARDING MAINS DRAINAGE
Our investigation work in Westlands Lane went well and we have sufficient information to proceed with our optioneering ....More
(CIL) COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY: There is a legal requirement for the Parish Council to publish and inform Wiltshire Council as the Local Authority, what it has spent any CIL monies on.
CIL income received in 2020/21
Land east of Semington ....More
SANDRIDGE SOLAR FARM COMMUNITY FUNDING: The Community Benefit from Sandridge Solar Farm is £1millon over 25 years, which equates to £40,000 per year. This amount is divided between the parishes surrounding it proportionately calculated by ....More
A very warm welcome to the newly co-opted councillors of Melksham Without Parish Council.
Cllr John Doel representing the Beanacre, Shaw, Whitley & Blackmore Ward
Cllr Andy Russell & Cllr Rob Hoyle representing the Bowerhill Ward
The unauthorised encampment on Bowerhill Sports Field has now been cleared. A big thankyou and shout out to all involved, from the police who have been involved from the beginning and assisted with their removal last night to the parish council officers ....More
Melksham Without Parish Council’s contractors have weed sprayed the kerb lines and bus shelters on every road in the parish on Thursday & Friday. Plus there is a trial area for a non glysophate weed killer for comparison.
HAVE YOU WATCHED THE VIDEO OF THE EMERGING BYPASS ROUTE ?
You can watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4rkxMDV7Ug
Melksham Without Parish Council will be holding two public meetings w/c 19th July to hear the views of parishioners to help ....More
There is lots of news and information about the 2nd Consultation on the proposed Melksham Bypass and so we have tried to pull it all together into one page with links for parish residents. The parish council is keen to ensure that residents ....More
Parish and Town Councils must publish an Annual Return that includes a summary of their income and expenditure; its assets and other balances. They also have to complete an Annual Governance statement setting out the arrangements they have in place to ....More
All the info on the bypass consultation here https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-a350-melksham-bypass and link to latest emerging option
Precept & Budget 2021/22
Melksham Without Parish Council Precept & Budget 2021/22
Melksham Without Parish Council have agreed to a reduction in Precept of 1.5% for 2021/22 whilst maintaining all services and continuing with existing projects. To have kept the Precept at the previous level would have meant an increase of £3 a year on the average charge to residents due to the transfer of around 100 houses from the parish area to the Town. This is a consequence of the recent Community Governance Review as there will be less households in the parish to contribute. The reduction in Precept will cut that increase back to £1.78 per year, with residents paying an extra 3 pence per week for Parish services and facilities.
The Budget for 2021/22 was agreed at the Full Council meeting held on Monday 25th January 2021. The Council unanimously agreed to set its Precept - the proportion of Council Tax paid to the Parish Council at £217,977.05 for the 2021/22 financial year, which is a decrease of £3,256.95 (-1.5%) on last year's Precept. This means that the average Band D household will contribute £82.11 to Melksham Without Parish Council, a rise of £1.78 on last year, which is a 2.21% rise. Band D properties are used as a measure of the national average, and some households will see a smaller or bigger increase, based on their Band rating for Council Tax.
The parish council run a number of facilities and services in the parish from this Precept funding and support a number of community ventures in both the parish as well as those in the Town and villages outside the Parish. It currently runs and maintains five play areas (Berryfield, Shaw, Beanacre and Kestrel Court & Hornchurch Road in Bowerhill) with two more to be taken on from the developers in the new housing developments in the Bellway development on Semington Road and the Taylor Wimpey development in Pathfinder Place, Bowerhill. In addition, it also owns two playing fields, one in Bowerhill and one in Shaw (The Beeches). The parish council took on some additional grasscutting last year, on public open space owned by Wiltshire Council, to improve the cutting in some areas and for wildflower meadow areas in patches on the public open spaces. The parish council has two allotment sites, both in Berryfield, which have almost full occupancy of 70+ tenants at present.
The parish council contributes to a variety of joint ventures with Melksham Town Council such as the Melksham Neighbourhood Plan, development of Shurnhold Fields mini country park and the public toilets in the Market Place. It is also contributing towards new furniture for the new cafe and plaza at the Melksham Railway Station. As well as joint ventures, the parish council provides grant funding (£26,230 in the current financial year with a higher amount budgeted for next year). These grants provide valuable funding for all the village halls in the parish; Shaw, Bowerhill, Whitley Reading Rooms and the temporary hall in Berryfield as well as wide spread of clubs, support groups, and organisations that provide sporting activities, village publications, events, and activities for young and old. The grants are for those organisations that benefit the residents of Melksham Without, so are not all contained in the parish, some are based in the Town or in other villages outside the parish. £1,000 was donated to the Melksham Foodbank in October to support the good work they have been doing supporting residents during the Covid pandemic and resulting lockdown restrictions.
The Parish Council has received additional funding from the Government's CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) scheme which is a levy directly on new housing developments in the parish. When budget setting the Council have not put money into Reserves for future projects that could be paid for from CIL and will look to use the CIL funding for a variety of infrastructure projects including the development and kitting out of a new village hall in Berryfield in association with the approved planning application of 150 houses in Land to the east of Semington Road. All the CIL received to date from the 450 houses East of Spa Road (The Acorns/Hunters Wood) will be transferred to the Town Council in the next financial year; this is £315,000 which the parish council have earmarked for several years for the construction of a new community centre, east of Melksham.
The community funding received from Sandridge Solar Farm has been used this year, and for next, to fund cleaning of the play areas' safety surfacing, tree works, pavement Weedspraying, new street furniture and the fortnightly installation of the Speed Indicator device across the parish.
Other budgeted items are for highway improvement projects working with Wiltshire Council?s CATG (Community Area Transport Group), a new bus shelter on Falcon Way, Bowerhill, play area repairs and additional outdoor exercise equipment at Shaw Playing Field.
A copy of the Minutes of the Parish Council's Finance Committee meeting (11th January) when the Budget and Precept were discussed in detail is available to view by clicking on the Finance Committee link below.
Council meetings are currently being live streamed on Youtube, and you can watch them by looking for Melksham Without Parish Council or clicking here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAlGcoeNCJEtN8kADUcNqWg?view_as=subscriber you will normally ....More
Joining a Virtual Council Meeting
The Parish Council Meetings are currently being held remotely due to the current Covid-19 pandemic but as residents and interested parties you can still participate virtually. Please click here for instructions ....More
PRECEPT & BUDGET 2021/22:
Melksham Without Parish Council have agreed to a reduction in Precept of 1.5% for 2021/22 whilst maintaining all services and continuing with existing projects. To have kept the Precept at the previous level would ....More
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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
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