Welcome to Corsham Town Council
The Town Council’s aim is “to make Corsham the most desirable place in Wiltshire to live, work and visit, with a safe, active, healthy and sustainable community based around a vibrant and useful Town Centre”.
Here on this site you will find information about how the Town Council is working to fulfill that aim, along with details of the Council’s responsibilities and projects.
You will also find information and links about Corsham itself that may be of interest to both residents and visitors.
We hope that you enjoy visiting our site and if you have any comments or suggestions about what you would like to see here please us.
For general enquiries please phone 01249 702130
Town Council Survey
In the latest Town Council Newsletter, we mention a survey that we're running to gather views about the town centre. When we went to press it was planned to put the survey online. In the interim it's been decided to trial a version of the survey on a smaller scale first, to get it right, and run some focus groups to give us a better idea of what the issues are and what questions to ask a much wider audience. There will, therefore, be a proper online survey to complete in due course but if you would like to complete the trial version, then please do so. It's available as a Word document or a PDF, or just let us know your answers to the questions. You can email your survey back to email@example.com or drop a copy into the Town Hall. And if you'd be interested in being part of a residents' focus group, do let us know.
Community Awards 2019
It's time for our annual celebration of Corsham's unsung heroes. If you know someone who makes Corsham a better place to live, work or visit, then why not nominate them? Forms are available from the Town Hall; you can email us for a copy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can download a copy here, either as a Word document or a PDF. Previous winners can't be nominated again, but non-winning nominees can. (A list of previous winners is available here.) The awards will be presented at our Annual Town Meeting on Thursday 11 April, from 7.30pm.
Corsham Neighbourhood Plan Examination Update
We are disappointed to have to report that the examination of Corsham's Neighbourhood Plan has been delayed for a number of weeks.
A recent legal case elsewhere connected with the Habitats Regulation Assessment Screening report (important in Corsham primarily because of bats) has meant that many Neighbourhood Plan examinations have been held up whilst government guidance is awaited.
Councillor Steve Abbott, Chairman of the Town Council and Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group commented, "We are frustrated at this unexpected delay but still hope that a referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan will go ahead early next year."
Obviously, we need to be certain that the Neighbourhood Plan is robust so that it is not open to challenge if and when we proceed to referendum. We are keeping a close eye on the situation to ensure the process is not unduly delayed.
To find out more about Corsham’s Great War, including key dates, commemoration projects and the stories of the 115 men who did not return, please visit the website.
Corsham is a medieval town in North West Wiltshire. It is at the south-eastern extreme of the Cotswolds, between Bath and Chippenham.
A market town within a large parish of around 13000 people, Corsham has grown rapidly since 2003.
Originally named Cosseha, there has been a settlement in Corsham since Anglo-Saxon times. Corsham Court has royal connections dating back centuries: King Ethelred (978-1017) kept house on the site of this old manor.
Corsham is said to have thrived on sheep and stone. From the 14th century until the wool industry moved to the north of the country in the 1800s, many Flemish weavers came to England and settled in the Cotswolds area, with a number making their home in Corsham. A row of 17th Century houses in the High Street is actually known as the ‘Flemish Cottages’. As for stone, Cotswold limestone has been used for building since Roman times. The stone quarried in and around Corsham then – as now - was the famous ‘Bath Stone’ and houses built from it can be seen in the High Street. In fact, Nikolaus Pevsner, the architectural historian, once wrote, “Corsham has no match in Wiltshire for wealth of good houses”.
Find out more about Corsham's history here.
Town Hall Hire
Corsham Town Hall is an ideal venue for social occasions.