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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.

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Mayor of Chippenham:  Councillor John Scragg
Deputy Mayor:  Councillor Liz Alstrom

Strategy and Resources Committee

The committee considers the Council’s budget, policies and strategy.

Chairman: Councillor Andy Phillips
Vice Chairman: Councillor Myla Watts
Members of the Committee:
Councillor James Bradbury
Councillor Jenny Budgell
Councillor Clare Cape
Councillor Bill Douglas
Councillor Robert Giles
Councillor Nick Murry
Councillor Mary Norton
Councillor David Poole
Councillor Chris Ruck
Councillor John Scragg

Amenities, Culture & Leisure Committee

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

Chairman:  Councillor James Bradbury
Vice Chairman:  Councillor Declan Baseley
Members of the committee:
Councillor Desna Allen
Councillor Liz Alstrom
Councillor Jenny Budgell
Councillor Peter Cousins
Councillor Angie Litvak-Watson
Councillor Kathryn MacDermid
Councillor Mary Norton
Councillor Nina Phillips
Councillor Matthew Short

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 Gemma Grimes
Vice Chairman: Councillor Clare Cape
Members of the committee:
Councillor Bill Douglas
Councillor Robert Giles
Councillor Andy Phillips
Councillor Nina Phillips
Councillor David Poole
Councillor Nic Puntis
Councillor Chris Ruck
Councillor John Scragg
Councillor Matthew Short
Councillor Hayley Wilson

Human Resources Committee

This committee discuss staffing matters, training requirements and recruitment.

Chairman: Councillor Desna Allen
Vice Chairman: Councillor Robert Giles
Members of the committee:
Councillor Jenny Budgell
Councillor Peter Cousins
Councillor Bill Douglas
Councillor Angie Litvak-Watson
Councillor Kathryn MacDermid
Councillor Matthew Short
Councillor Myla Watts

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 – Mayor’s 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
Vice Chairman: Councillor Liz Alstrom
Members of the committee:
Councillor Liz Alstrom
Councillor Jenny Budgell
Councillor Robert Giles
Councillor Andy Phillips
Councillor John Scragg

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 Nick Murry
Vice Chairman: Councillor Myla Watts
Members of the committee:
Councillor Desna Allen
Councillor Declan Baseley
Councillor Kathryn MacDermid
Councillor Nick Murry
Councillor Matthew Short
Councillor Myla Watts

Finance Sub – Committee
Chairman: Councillor Matthew Short
Vice Chairman:
Councillor Pete Cousins
Members of the committee:
Councillor Desna Allen
Councillor Declan Baseley
Councillor Jenny Budgell
Councillor Pete Cousins
Councillor Robert Giles
Councillor Gemma Grimes
Councillor John Scragg
Councillor Matthew Short
Councillor Myla Watts

Dispensations Sub-Committee
Members of the committee:
Councillor Desna Allen
Councillor Jenny Budgell
Councillor Peter Cousins
Councillor Robert Giles
Councillor Myla Watts