Melksham Without Parish Council
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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

Covid Cases by Postcode area
Want to know what the rate of cases of Covid are in your postcode area? village? then you can look here, either enter your postcode or you can zoom in on the map. https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/ ....More

Priority for People : Melksham 2021
PRIORITY FOR PEOPLE : MELKSHAM 2021  is an initiative to kick start a movement and mobility strategy for the town and its community as part of what will need to be a wider and time critical response to climate change.  As well as linking ....More

Neighbourhood Watch Survey
MESSAGE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH 2021 CRIME AND COMMUNITY SURVEY LAUNCHED For the second year running, we want to hear your thoughts about crime, community, and how effective Neighbourhood Watch is. ....More

Increase in Wiltshire Covid Cases (data as of 18th Oct)
 3,024 cases in last 7 days  599.9 cases per 100k people in last 7 days  338.2 cases per 100k people in previous 7 days There has been a considerable increase this week. Please keep doing the simple things – wash hands, wear ....More

Market Place Public Toilets
Members of Melksham Without parish council visiting the Public Toilets in the Market Place on Wednesday 13th October with Town Council officers and members to discuss the results of the recent Town Council survey on usage and make recommendations on ....More

Weedspraying in the parish w/c 4th October
Melksham Without Parish Council's contractors are weed spraying every road in the parish over the next day or so. A trial with a non glysophate weedkiller is taking place in the parish council's car park so that it can be regularly monitored ....More

Berryfield Community Speed Watch in action today (5th Oct)
Berryfield Community Speed Watch team on duty this morning in the sunshine...... if you would like to join the teams of volunteers in combating speeding in the parish then please get in touch with the parish council in the first instance; there are ....More

MELKSHAM NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
Formal 'making' of theJoint Melksham Neighbourhood Plan 2020 - 2026 Following an independent examination and a positive referendum result, Wiltshire Council have decided to formally 'make' the Joint Melksham Neighbourhood ....More

Information on Use of Drones
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

VIDEO OF EMERGING BYPASS ROUTE
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 formulate ....More


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.

http://melkshamwithout.co.uk/.../FINANCE%20MINUTES%20...

For those not online, a copy can also be obtained by contacting officers on 01225 705700 or by email clerk@melkshamwithout.co.uk


  

Precept and Budget 2020/21
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

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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