Melksham Without Parish Council
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Annual Reports 2017/18
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 2018 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.
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 Sports Pavilion, Westinghouse Way, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6TL during the public opening hours of Monday to Thursday 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm.
Grant Aid 2019/20
Applications for grant aid are invited from organisations who can prove that they benefit residents of the Parish. The closing date for applications is 31st January 2019, with awards to be made at the Annual Parish Meeting on Monday 1st April 2019. For application forms please contact the Parish Council Offices or download from here. The Council's Grant Aid policy is here.