The Town Council’s decision-making process is undertaken by the Full Council (all 20 Councillors) and a number of committees, all of which meet regularly. Council and committee meetings are open to the public* and start at 7.30pm.
The main meetings are:
Chairman: Cllr Steve Abbott
Full Council meets on the second Monday of every month. This comprises of all 20 Councillors. These meetings are held face-to-face in the Town Hall.
Chairman: Cllr Steve Abbott
Planning meets every three weeks, on a Wednesday. This comprises of all 20 Councillors. The Town Council is not the planning authority but comments on planning applications and is consulted on a range of issues including licensing, street naming and future development. These meetings are currently held online.
Chair: Cllr Ruth Hopkinson
The Finance and Administration Committee meets every other month, on a Wednesday. Nine Councillors make up the Committee, and they oversee the Council’s finances and budget, and administrative and staffing matters, including recruitment. Decisions on grant applications are also considered at F&A meetings. These meetings are currently held online.
The Accounts Sub Committee, made up of four Councillors, meets before each Council meeting to consider that month’s accounts.
Chair: Cllr Helen Belcher
The Property and Amenities Committee meets every other month, on a Wednesday. Nine Councillors make up the Committee, and they are responsible for decision-making regarding the Council’s projects concerning, among other things, buildings, play areas, open spaces, the Ladbrook Lane and Lacock Road cemeteries, CCTV and grounds maintenance. These meetings are currently held online.
Chair: Cllr Neville Farmer
The Community Services Committee meets every other month, on a Wednesday. Nine Councillors make up the Committee, and they are responsible for the Town Council’s work linked to the community, including events and other activities, tourism, marketing and promotion of the town, Corsham in Bloom, the Arts and health and wellbeing. These meetings are currently held online.
Chair: Cllr Steve Abbott
All Corsham Town Councillors are automatically trustees of the Methuen (Town) Hall Trust (Charity Reg No. 222278), which meets after each month’s Full Council meeting. Councillors are responsible for the overall management of the charity in accordance with its charitable aims, which are to provide ‘a hall to serve as a parish meeting place used by local groups and organisations for their activities’. If you would like to hire the Town Hall, all the information can be found on our Town Hall Hire <link> page.
Public Attendance at Meetings
If you would like to attend a committee meeting, please download and read the guidance notes on Public Participation at Council Meetings and, if necessary, the guidelines for Recording, Filming, Photographing and Broadcasting Town Council Meetings .
Online meetings are currently held using MS Teams and the link to the meeting is available by contacting the Chief Executive, firstname.lastname@example.org or clicking on the link in the relevant agenda, published on our website a few days prior to the meeting.
The Town Council also has a number of working groups set up for distinct areas of work and projects, including the Strategic Plan, Neighbourhood Plan, Health and Wellbeing and the Environment. The work of these groups is then reported back to the relevant Town Council Committees. Details of our Working and Project Groups can be found on the Project Groups page.