Our Committees

Our committees are our decision making bodies and are open to the public. There is a 30-minute public question time session at the start of the meeting when you can raise issues and ask questions. The public may attend meetings but not speak during the proceedings, apart from the question time session.

View the calendar of meetings

View agendas and minutes for committee meetings

Mayor of Chippenham: Councillor Andy Phillips
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Desna Allen

Strategy and Resources Committee

The committee decides the council’s policies and strategy.
Chairman: Councillor Sandie Webb, Leader of the Council
Vice Chairman: Councillor Jenny Budgell, Deputy Leader of the Council
Members of the Committee:
Councillor James Adman
Councillor Desna Allen
Councillor Clare Cape
Councillor Peter Hutton
Councillor Teresa Hutton
Councillor Mary Norton
Councillor Ashley O’Neill
Councillor Andy Phillips
Councillor Chris Ruck
Councillor John Scragg

Amenities, Culture and Leisure Committee

The committee oversees the council’s projects and activities including Stanley Park Sports Ground, Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre, John Coles Park and London Road Cemetery.

Chairman: Councillor Teresa Hutton
Vice Chairman: Councillor Bill Douglas
Members of the committee:
Councillor Desna Allen
Councillor Pete Bishop
Councillor Holly Bradfield
Councillor Rajvir Gill
Councillor Ruth Lloyd
Councillor Nina Phillips
Councillor David Powell
Councillor Chris Ruck
Councillor Melody Thompson
Councillor Sandie Webb

Planning, Environment and Transport committee

This committee comments on planning applications and is consulted on a range of issues including licensing, street naming, road closures and future development.

Chairman: Councillor Michelle Pearce
Vice Chairman: Councillor Nick Murry
Members of the committee:
Councillor Richard Bambury
Councillor Jenny Budgell
Councillor Bill Douglas
Councillor Peter Hutton
Councillor Michael Merry
Councillor Mary Norton
Councillor Andy Phillips
Councillor Nina Phillips
Councillor John Scragg
Councillor Sandie Webb

Human Resources Committee
This committee discuss staffing matters, training requirements and recruitment.
Chairman: Councillor Sandie Webb
Vice Chairman: Councillor Desna Allen
Members of the committee:
 Councillor Richard Bambury
Councillor Pete Bishop
Councillor Jenny Budgell
Councillor Nick Murry
Councillor Andy Phillips
Councillor David Powell

Civic Matters sub-committee
This committee is responsible for all Civic Matters for the Town including all activities for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Macebearer, Deputy Macebearer and Town Crier. This committee selects the Civic Award recipients each year and presents awards to individuals and groups at Civic Sunday each year. Civic Events include – Mayors Investiture, Civic Sunday, Remembrance Sunday, Commonwealth Day and Twinning visits with our 2 twin towns Friedberg in Germany and La Fleche in France.

Chairman: Councillor Andy Phillips
Members of the committee:
Councillor Desna Allen
Councillor Rajvir Gill
Councillor Michael Merry
Councillor Mary Norton
Councillor Andy Phillips

Community Donations sub-committee
This committee meets three times a year and awards donations to community groups and non-profit making organisations for work contributing to the wellbeing of the community. Please see guidance notes for meeting dates.

Chairman: Councillor Richard Bambury
Vice Chairman: Councillor Mary Norton
Members of the committee:
Councillor Desna Allen
Councillor Pete Bishop
Councillor Rajvir Gill
Councillor Teresa Hutton
Councillor David Powell

Dispensations sub-committee
Members of the committee:
Councillor Peter Hutton
Councillor Ruth Lloyd
Councillor Michael Merry
Councillor Andy Phillips
Councillor Sandie Webb

A copy of the criteria and application form can also be downloaded by clicking on the links below.

Community Donations Application Form
Community Donations Criteria
Community Donations Guidance Notes