The Town Council is responsible for decisions on the appointment of the Town Mayor/Deputy Town Mayor, Budget, Governance, Policy, Audit, Appointments to Bodies, and Legal proceedings. The Council will also receive and consider recommendations from Committees/Sub-Committees.
The Committee will be responsible for matters relating to all events staged, managed or involved with in relation to the Town. This will involve the preparation and management of event planning and gaining relevant permissions required.
The Committee will consider all planning applications in the town in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework, Planning Law, Wiltshire Council’s Core Strategy, Policy and Periodic Planning Guidance notes to preserve and enhance the town’s character, whilst encouraging its commercial and social vitality. It will also consider the contents and desires laid out in the emerging Neighbourhood Plan and emerging Local Plan.
Where appropriate, planning applications submitted in the Parish of Melksham Without may also be discussed and commented on if relevant to the Town Council.
Highway issues raised for the Community Area Transport Group (CATG), Emergency Planning and Flood Plans will also be managed by this Committee.
The Committee manages the Town Council’s budgets to ensure all expenditure is authorised where necessary and income is collected. The Committee also holds responsibility for all Grants issued and policy matters.
The Committee is responsible for matters relating to all Assets owned by the Town Council. This includes the Town Hall, Assembly Hall, Grounds Maintenance, Street Furniture, Public Toilets, and all Council Land.
The Committee will meet to consider updates and proposals for the management of the King George V Playing Fields improvement programme, including the management of the installation of the Splashpad and the refurbishments of toilet blocks and the Pavilion. To will also consider improvements to Play Areas.
The Sub-Committee is responsible for all staffing matters for the Council and includes all training and development matters, including for elected Members. The Sub-Committee will also be responsible for all Health and Safety issues and the relevant required annual risk assessments for Full Council.
Working groups are often set up to investigate and discuss specific items of council business. They generally hold private meetings with members of Melksham Town Council. Minutes and recommendations can be presented to Council.