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Thank you for electing me as one of the councillors
for the South Ward on Melksham Town Council on 6th May 2021, for a four year term.

I intend to stick, after the election, to what I said before the election ... THIS is campaign website at

My "Councillor" website will be at You'll find a copy of the campaign website there initially, but over coming weeks and months it will change to reflect things as they develop. These changes will be nothing like as fast-moving as the election campaign was; we all now have to settle down to doing the job for which we were (s)elected.

Latest diary article - 10.5.2021 - Full Town results. Thank you for voting me in.
My final pre-election Zoom session concluded. Now elected, further but less frequent sessions will be set up.

Role of Town and Parish Council Town Councillors

Links in this page:
Powers and functions of the Town and Parish Council
Melksham Town (South) Ward
Who's Standing - Melksham Town and Melksham Without
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Some other pages on this site:
Home page and • Launch page
Graham Ellis - background and • views
Graham Ellis - diary and • diary index
Philosophies of working as a town councillor
The Role of the Town Council and Councillors
How YOU can help and • Contact me
Links to other web sites and • pictures

Powers and functions

of a town council from Commons Library,

Most parish and town councils have very small budgets and don’t have the means to run public services. They typically focus on activities such as managing parks, car parks, footpaths, community centres, cemeteries, and other local amenities.

The largest may run more commercial operations such as leisure centres or museums. The only power available solely to parish councils is to obtain land for use as allotments.

More broadly, parish councils exercise a general consultative role on behalf of local people: for instance, they have statutory consultation rights on planning matters. At national level, they are represented by the National Association of Local Councils, and its county-level associations.

Translated - Town councillors have very few powers to do anything. But they are very much listed to by the next tier up (in the case of Wiltshire, that's Wiltshire's Unitary Council). And they are typically a font of local knowledge - able to help with many questions, as many will be repeated, and if they don't know, they'll be able to refer you on to someone who does.

Melksham TOWN comprises the main urban area of Melksham and is almost completely surrounded by Melksham WITHOUT Parish which includes communities such as Berryfield, Bowerhill and Beanacre.

Melksham (South) ward

The ward includes many residential areas of the town, and much of the Town Centre. It includes the Town Hall, Market Place and Melksham House, where the new Campus is under construction.

Melksham is a growing town, but there is only limited space for additional building within the ward, though residenial building is underway close by in the East Ward and in the Bowerhill Ward of Melksham Without, with further suggestions for more housing in those wards and towards Berryfield.

Melksham also has East, Forest and North wards. Outside the town, Melksham Without Parish Council has similar roles for the surrounding area, including Bowerhill, Shaw, Whitley, Berryfield, Beanacre and Sandridge.

The green pushpin in the map shows you where I live - in the very heart of the ward.

Who's standing? - Town and Without

Updated 10th April 2021 - Here is list of all nominations for Melksham Town and also for the Melksham Without Parish.

Candidates shown in grey were nominated and accepted to stand but then withdrew.
All Melksham Town wards are being contested - more candidates than vacancies

None of the Melksham Without wards is being contested.
Nomination match the number of seats exactly for Berryfield
For the other two wards, co-options will be available to fill the places

Thank you for voting Graham Ellis onto Melksham Town Council

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