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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Kennet Room - County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN. View directions

Contact: Lisa Alexander  01722 434560 Email: lisa.alexander@wiltshire.gov.uk

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To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.


Apologies were received from:


·         Cllr Ian Thorn


It was also noted that Cllr Stuart Wheeler had joined the meeting remotely and would need to leave before the end, therefore he did not take part in a vote on any motions.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 5 July 2022.

Supporting documents:


The minutes of the previous meeting held on 5 July 2022 were presented, it was,




To approve and sign the minutes as a true and correct record.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.


Cllr Gavin Grant noted that as he was also a member of Malmesbury Town Council and the Malmesbury Deputy Mayor, he would not take part in the discussion or vote during consideration of the Malmesbury and surrounding proposals, in his capacity as a Committee Member, but instead would speak and if appropriate answer any factual questions in his role as a Malmesbury Town Councillor.


Chairman's Announcements

To reecive any announcements through the Chair.


There were no announcements.


Public Participation


If you would like to make a statement at this meeting on any item on this

agenda, please register to do so at least 10 minutes prior to the meeting. Up to 3 speakers are permitted to speak for up to 3 minutes each on any agenda item.


Please contact the officer named on the front of the agenda for any further




To receive any questions from members of the public or members of the Council received in accordance with the constitution.


Those wishing to ask questions are required to give notice of any such

questions in writing to the officer named on the front of this agenda no later than 5pm on 1 August 2022 in order to be guaranteed of a written response. In order to receive a verbal response questions must be submitted no later than 5pm on 3 August 2022 working days before the meeting. Please contact the officer named on the front of this agenda for further advice. Questions may be asked without notice if the Chairman decides that the matter is urgent.


Details of any questions received will be circulated to Committee members prior to the meeting and made available at the meeting and on the Council’s website.


No questions or statements had been received within the timeframe set out in

the agenda.


The Chairman noted that public speakers would be invited to address the Sub-Committee at the start of each agenda item.


Community Governance Review 2021/22

To receive a report from the Director, Legal and Governance.

Supporting documents:


Public Participation

Roger Budgen spoke on behalf of St Paul Malmesbury without Parish Council

David Briggs spoke on behalf of St Paul Malmesbury without Parish Council


Cllr Gavin Grant and Cllr Martin Smith also summarised their proposal regarding the boundary between Malmesbury and St Paul Malmesbury Without, and updated the Committee on the outcome of discussions held between the joint Malmesbury Town and St Paul Malmesbury without Parish Council working group which had not been able to reach a consensus.


Following a summary of the process to date and an update on received responses and submissions, the Committee considered and discussed the additional proposals as detailed in the report.


A proposal from Brokenborough Parish Council, regarding a change to the proposed boundary line around Hyam Farm was also discussed.



The Committee discussed the reason behind the request, to consolidate the associated buildings and land of Hyam Farm together within one single parish, that being Brokenborough parish due to a historic connection and an access route.


The committee agreed to remain with its earlier recommendation to use the water course as the boundary line, as it was felt this was unlikely to change over time, whereas a farm and its associated land and buildings may be divided up a in the future. 


The Committee determined to confirm the part of Draft Recommendation 8 which related to Brokenborough.


Malmesbury Boundary Review

The Committee discussed the amended proposal submitted by Malmesbury Town Council (MTC) for a change to the boundary line to the south of Malmesbury Town and the separate proposal jointly submitted by Councillors Martin Smith and Gavin Grant, which included a smaller residential area to the south of the town and an industrial area containing an Aldi and a Garden Centre, to the north.


The Committee considered the reasoning provided by those making submissions against the statutory criteria. They also noted previous consultation responses from residents living in the areas in question and noted that almost all were in objection to a transfer into the town. They noted the many comments received regarding residents being  well served by the governance arrangements provided by the parish council.


The committee determined to cease any further consideration of a boundary review for Malmesbury and concluded that the extensive work and the consultations already carried out, had not been able to reach a solution which would improve community cohesion or local governance, and accordingly withdrew its initial draft recommendation for the area.


Malmesbury Town Warding

The Committee discussed its previous proposal to amend the warding for Malmesbury Town, noting that the Town Council had been in support of increasing the warding to create a more even distribution, when considered as part of the earlier boundary review proposals.


The Committee determined to recommend an increase from two to four wards for the town with a total of 17 councillors and noted that further consultation would be required on the minor change to the ward boundaries before being determined at the next meeting.


Malmesbury St Paul  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.


Date of the Next Meeting

To confirm the date of the next meeting as 28 September 2022.


The date of the next meeting was confirmed as 28 September 2022.


Urgent Items

Any other items of business which the Chairman agrees to consider as a matter of urgency.


There were no urgent items.




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