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Your Council.
Your Community.
Your Services.

Gillingham is the most northerly town in Dorset, in the area known as the Blackmore Vale. It lies on the B3095 and B3081 in North Dorset, approximately 4 miles south of the A303 trunk road and 5 miles northwest of Shaftesbury.

Gillingham’s current population is 12,101 and is one of the fastest growing towns in the South West. It has been identified in the North Dorset Local Plan as one of the main towns that will deliver the most growth with at least 2,200 dwellings over the plan period up to 2032.

Gillingham Town Council is politically independent and has seventeen councillors who represent the five wards of Town, Wyke, Ham, Milton-on-Stour and Rural. There are 13 members of staff and the annual precept for 2019/20 was £858,594.

Our Responsibilities

Gillingham Town Council is responsible several areas of public open space which are maintained to a high standard and have achieved accreditation from both Green Flag and South West in Bloom Pride in Parks.

The Town Council declared itself a ‘Pollinator Friendly Town’ in 2017, and in 2018 was awarded a DEFRA Bees Needs Award. The council is responsible for 650 mature trees and since 2012 has nearly 800 trees.

The Town Council is responsible for town centre street cleaning; various buildings including the town hall; the town cemetery and chapel; gardens; the closed churchyard at St Mary’s Parish Church; 16 play areas; 1 skatepark; 2 outdoor gyms and 1 outdoor table tennis facility; 2 war memorials; a speed indicator device; town centre CCTV; and 2 allotment sites.

Gillingham is a welcoming and friendly place to live and has a wide variety of community groups. Gillingham in Bloom has entered the South West in Bloom Competition for three years running, receiving a Gold Pennant Award in 2018. The town is Dementia Friendly.

Play Areas & Local Spaces
Enjoy the great outdoors

Get out there and enjoy our great outdoors! Gillingham offers something for all ages with play parks, open spaces, hiking, nature groups and wildlife trusts.

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6 days ago

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Daniel Coules

Thanks Julie Hawkins I have just spoken to and forwarded onto the club’s Treasurer.

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6 days ago

Please note that all play areas and outdoor gyms in Gillingham remain CLOSED due to the higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces. This includes the skate park and Harding’s Park. Please do not use these areas until permitted to do so.

The skate parks at Shaftesbury, Blandford and Sturminster Newton also remain closed for the time being.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding during these difficult times.

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1 week ago

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Shouldn't we start building our children's immunity back up before we send them back to school?

What is wrong with taking sanitizing wipes and apply common sense?

Gemma Forshaw for your journal

The Hardings Lane skate park is still being used late afternoons, early evening regardless of this

As we leave phase one we are working through phase two, step by step. The Government has stated that all play areas are to remain closed at the moment. Our overriding priority is to keep you all safe.

A phased return doesn’t hurt anyone and would enable easier monitoring/tracking 😇 StaySafe

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