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Gillingham
Your Council.
Your Community.
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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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Parking at Dorset Council Car Parks in Gillingham is FREE this Saturday. Visit our High Street shops and enjoy the Spirit of Christmas at RiversMeet with free parking in town. ... See MoreSee Less

22 hours ago

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Micheal Lodge wanna takte the boys

The Spirit of Christmas comes to RiversMeet in Gillingham this weekend, Friday 6th to Sunday 8th December. 9 Live Bands over 3 days. A fabulous craft fair with over 50 stalls. Gin, Wine and Ale bars 🎄🎸🍺🍷🎅🏼

Further information available via the following link www.riversmeetgillingham.org/
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1 day ago

You may have noticed stone masons working on Gillingham War Memorial this week. The ham stone is very fragile and it has been necessary to make several repairs. Thank you to the wonderful and highly skilled stone masons for repairing our grade II list memorial. ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

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Good that it’s been repaired, but to be honest I doubt many will have noticed as it’s hidden away. Would love to see it moved back to a position where all will see it 😐

Gillingham must be the only town in the country without its war memorial in a place of prominence in the town. I understand the reasons it was moved but that was back then. There was a reason these memorials are placed in conspicuous places so that we and our children and children’s children understand the sacrifice that the people of our small town made to enjoy the freedom we enjoy today (even if that freedom means damaging the very thing it represents!). There are a lot of surnames on that memorial that still have a prominence in our town, it would be nice for a young child to recognise their surname on it and ask why. I am an advocate for it to be moved back to its rightful place, particularly after this year where the service had to be conducted around parked cars!

Andy Martin. 100% agree . Parked cars was ignorant beyond belief. Well said that man.

Well said Andy Martin

Congratulations to the winner of Gillingham’s Festive Window Competition, The Donkey and Shetlands Last Home Rescue Shop in Gillingham High Street. A wonderful shop filled with a fantastic range of goodies🏆 #shoplocal #gillinghamhighstreet With thanks to Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry for organising the competition ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

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Would have been nice for all shops involved to be recognised 😓

Congrats dan and team x

Thank You very Much for the award... We don't do it for the competition, we do it to bring Joy to all our lovely customers, so getting first place topped it off.... All Businesses who take part are Winners 🏆

Well done Dan n crew, an awesome window display.

It looks amazing! Congratulations

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Gillingham Town Council
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