Southern Electric will be carrying out some testing on the ground at Shurnhold Fields on Tuesday & Weds this week (25th & 26th Jan) regarding the upgrade of the sub station with a battery storage facility to the north of Shurnhold Fields. Please ....More
Your waste collection day will change from 28 February
From Monday 28 February, household waste collection days for nearly all Wiltshire properties will change.
This change will only affect your general household waste collections – ....More
Following a recent survey on Wiltshire Council’s ash trees a number of trees were identified in the Hornchurch Road Public Open Space area as requiring immediate removal due to ash die back. Click here for more information
Those trees most ....More
Melksham Without Parish Council have taken the decision to undertake essential work on the oak tree at the Bowerhill Sports Field over the weekend, for health and safety reasons.
Following investigations from an independent tree inspector, as the ....More
Grant Aid 2022/23
Does your group or organisation benefit residents of Melksham Without?
If so, you can apply for grant funding for 2022/23.
Deadline for applications is 31st January 2022- you can download the forms below or request ....More
Following the announcement made by the government on Sunday evening advising that the target to vaccinate every adult has been brought forward to 31st December 2021, Melksham and Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network are pleased to announce that we ....More
Wiltshire Council have published their report following the 2nd consultation on the proposed A350 Melksham Bypass, you can read the report here http://https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-a350-melksham-bypass
WILTSHIRE COUNCIL'S PRESS RELEASE
Cabinet agrees to make changes to A350 Melksham bypass project based on community feedback
Cabinet has agreed to proceed with proposals for the A350 Melksham bypass and will be making changes ....More
Wiltshire Community Environmental Toolkit
Wiltshire Council, in partnership with Natural England, have produced a toolkit to help community groups carry out environmental projects in their area.
More information and the toolkit are available here ....More
A short film made by the Shaw & Whitley flood wardens about the work they undertake. The film was produced as part of the online Wiltshire Council and Environment Agency Winter Weather Resilience two day conference ....More
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
Melksham Without Parish Council's response to Wiltshire Council's 2nd non-statutory public consultation on the proposed A350 Melksham Bypass (Route 10c) is here, and includes in its appendices the comments noted from the two public meetings held ....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
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
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.
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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