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Gillingham
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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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Did you know the council is responsible for over 650 mature trees and since 2012 we have planted nearly 800 trees. Trees have a huge impact on all our lives and we are passionate about our trees 🌳 ... See MoreSee Less

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Did you know that Gillingham is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in relation to a battle fought at Penn (Penselwood) where Edmund Ironside fought and defeated King Canute and the Danes? ... See MoreSee Less

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Allso slaughter gate ..and I believe peacemarsh ..I did read something about there being a peace treaty being signed there ...could he wrong tho

Hence peacemarsh

And did you know that Cnut died in the abbey at Shaftesbury at the age of about 40,and the dead soldiers of the battle buried in a barrow beside Longburry lane at a place still called Slaughtergate. which is at the end of Wavering lane ,named due to the wavering to and fro of the battle before a treaty was signed in a building called the retreat which is still in Peacemarsh.which gave Peacemarsh its name. If you drive along the road into the forest at Penselwood , you will drive through the barracks where the army assembled, still very visible today.

Forgot to mention that Cnut out lived Edmund and became sole king of England.

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