Melksham Without Parish Council
How its paid for
Annual Reports 2016/17
The view the Notice of Conclusion of Audit and the Annual Governance Statement, Accounting Statements and the External Auditor Certificate and Report for the year ending 31st March 2017 click here. For the council's Year End Accounts click here and for a report on its compliance to the Local Government Transparency Code 2015 click here.
Current Year 2017/18
The Council is financed from a parish rate which is set annually by councillors and collected by Wiltshire Council on behalf of the Parish Council, along with other rates. This is known as the Parish Precept. The Parish Precept for Melksham Without for 2017/18 IS £178,000. The Budget for 2017/18 was reviewed in January 2018 and updated to reflect the figures anticipated to year end (31st March 2018), you can see these figures as part of the Budget papers for 2018/19 below. For a copy of the original Budget for 2017/18 click here.
Melksham Without Parish Council set its Precept at its Full Council meeting held on Monday 22nd January. The Council agreed to set its Precept – the proportion of Council Tax paid to the Parish Council – at £190,091.74 for the 2018/19 financial year, which is a rise of £12,091.74 (6.81%) on last year’s Precept. This means that the average Band D household will contribute £74.97 to Melksham Without Parish Council, a rise of £4.78 (40p per month) on last year. 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 Council had taken on a lot of additional responsibility in the last couple of years (Wiltshire Council play areas, cleaning of bus shelters including those of Wiltshire Council, supporting public toilets in town and the decision to take on the ex George Ward playing fields in a joint project with the Town Council). Plans for expenditure in 2018/19 include the replacement of the safety surfacing at Hornchurch Road play area in Bowerhill and an extension to the footpath in the public open space there, flood alleviation work in Shaw & Whitley, play area equipment replacement in Beanacre, additional street furniture and highway improvements.
The Parish Council will receive additional funding from the Government’s new CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) scheme which is a levy directly on new housing developments in the parish. The Council when Budget Setting 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 and a new Community Centre in association with the approved planning application for 450 houses in Land to the east of Spa Road.
A copy of the Parish Council budget is available to view here or a copy can be obtained from the office at Crown Chambers, First Floor, 7 Market Place, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6ES during the public opening hours of Tuesday & Thursday 9.30am to 2.30pm.