Chippenham Town Council forms the second tier of local government, after Wiltshire Council, who are the Unitary Council. One of the country’s largest and most active Town Councils in the UK, working within a considered, democratic, framework which is prudent, transparent and respectful of each other and the local community.
The role of the Town Council is to ensure Chippenham is a thriving community and a healthy, vibrant and attractive place in which to work, live and visit. The Town Council does this by working collaboratively, not only as an ambitious and committed team of Councillors and Officers, but also with a range of external strategic partners.
The Town Council is committed to provide excellence in the services and facilities which it delivers, aiming to be responsive, innovative and straightforward in our approach; which is both visible and accessible.
We have 24 Councillors representing eight wards who are each elected every four years.
They form committees, who are decision making bodies, which set the budget and decide how funds are spent. Council meetings are open to the public with a 30-minute public question time session at the start of each meeting, when the public can raise issues and ask questions. These meetings are usually held at the Town Hall.
During May each year at the Annual Council Meeting, a Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected. The Mayor is the town’s First Citizen and its ambassador at public, civic and ceremonial events. At the same meeting the Council elect a Leader, Deputy Leader, decide on the committee members and appoint Councillors to Chair the committees.
Take a look at our Corporate Strategic Plan to see how we have structured our priorities for the next four years.