Council Meeting Dates
Council Meeting Dates
Council Meeting Dates 2022/2023
Please note the Amenities meeting to be held on Thursday 12th January 2023 has been cancelled. The next Amenities meeting will be held on Thursday 23rd February 2023.
The Annual Town Meeting has also been rescheduled from Thursday 20th April 2023 to Tuesday 25th April 2023.
The Town Council previously held their council meetings in the the Civic Centre, Station Road, but due to the high maintenance costs this venue became unsustainable and so the decision was taken to sell the building. At this time, Wiltshire Council were looking to create a Community Campus in Royal Wootton Bassett and the Town Council entered into negotiations to find a permanent home for a Council Chamber in this new community facility. Over time, Wiltshire Council changed their plans and looked towards upgrading the local library to deliver improved community space/facility and the Town Council once again entered into discussion with Wiltshire Council about creating space for a Council Chamber, which would be provide a permanent solution to this issue. Sadly this was not to be and so this left very few suitable venues available within the Parish border to hold meetings. Until recently, meetings were held in Manor House Enterprise Centre, Lime Kiln, which was not ideal due to the small size of accommodation, hence the reason certain meetings such as the Annual Town Meeting were held in alternative venues. However, funding for the Manor House Enterprise Centre came to an end, Wiltshire Council deemed the building was surplus to requirements and decided to close this facility. In July 2019, meetings were held in a private partitioned room at The Wiltshire.
From Thursday 5th March 2020 council meetings were held in the training room at Ridgeway House, The Lawns until 23rd March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic meant council meetings were held virtually to comply with the then government regulations. After almost a year of virtual meetings, face to face council meetings returned in July 2021 to Manor House, Lime Kiln which the Town Council purchased in July 2020. Refurbishments to Manor House started in May 2022 which meant the Town Council needed to find a new meeting venue. From 1st September 2022, meetings will be held in the conference room at Royal Wootton Bassett Rugby Club, Malmesbury Road.
The Town Council remains committed in finding a more permanent venue to hold our Council Chamber and will of course keep residents informed of progress made.