The Town Council

Seventeen elected council members represent residents in the following wards – Gillingham Town, Milton on Stour, Ham, Wyke and Gillingham Rural. At the Annual Council meeting, held at the end of May each year, the Council elects a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

The Town Clerk Julie Hawkins, is the executive officer for the Town Council leading a team of operational and administrative staff consisting of a Deputy Town Clerk, a Respondible Finance Officer and an Office Manager. Seven permanent outside grounds and maintenance staff including a Works Manager maintain the land and buildings owned by the Town Council.

The Council Tax paid by Gillingham Households includes the spending requirements of Dorset Council, Dorset Police and Gillingham Town Council. Many people do not realise that the Town Council does not receive any revenue support from central government, unlike the Dorset Council, neither does it receive any funding from local businesses and retailers by their payment of the non-domestic rate.

Each year the Town Council agrees it’s percept to raise the budget to provide its services to the residents of Gillingham Parish. This is the sum Gillingham Town Council levy on Dorset Council and which is collected by them as a proportion of the total Council Tax paid by Gillingham households.

Meetings normally take place on Monday evenings, commencing at 7.30pm, except for Bank Holidays when they are moved to the Tuesday evening. The Annual Town Assembly is held on the last Wednesday in April each year. Agendas for meetings are published on the Monday prior to the meeting and placed on the Town Council notice boards which can be found at the following locations:-

The Press and public are welcome to attend all meetings and time is set aside at the start of the Committee meetings for comments and questions from members of the public and at the end of Full Council meetings. Members of the public can also speak prior to the start of a specific agenda item with the permission of the Chairman.

Items on the Staff and Salaries agenda are normally considered with press and public excluded, as they are deemed to be of private and confidential nature.


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Sunday 13 October - Flooding is possible - be prepared

Message from the Environment Agency:

River levels have risen at the Gillingham Le Neubourg Way river gauge as a result of heavy overnight rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We believe there is a possibility of flooding of the river and the tributaries between Gillingham and Sturminster Newton. Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point. The weather remains unsettled over the next couple of days and further rainfall is forecast. We are closely monitoring the situation and expect river levels to remain high for the next few days. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued. This message will be updated tomorrow morning or as the situation changes.

This information was last updated at 9:48am Sunday 13 October 2019
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GILLINGHAM HAS WON GOLD in the South West in Bloom Pennant Category for the 2nd year running and WINNER of the town entries in the North of the SW in Bloom area. Gillingham’s Spaceman was the star of the show - well done to Town Council grounds team! Fantastic achievement! πŸ† ... See MoreSee Less

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That's marvelous news well deserved.

Congratulations to the grounds team, you have done us proud

Wow so glad we pushed forward it was worth the effort πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ Congratulations to all

Congratulations,well deserved.

Well done. Congratulations to the grounds team who work so hard! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜€

Well done

Congratulations to all concerned lovely achievement

Congratulations to all concerned. A great job done by everyone. Onwards and upwards for next year.

Our grounds team do a fab job. I love the displays around the town.

Well done !! x

Very well done guys! Congratulations! Thank you for your hard work!

Well done to everyone concerned πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Brilliant - congratulations!

πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ very well done

Beautiful town, beautiful people 😊

Very much deserved. The town excelled itself with the ‘landing on the moon’ anniversary display. Well done!

Well done

Brilliant achievement. The team are to be heartily congratulated. They do such an amazing job with several “odd patches” around the town which always look so colourful. It’s always a pleasure to see these corners as you drive round the town. (The spaceman was inspired). Bravo.

The spaceman a WOW factor well done Gillingham.

Thank you to all those that supported us. This competition really puts Gillingham on the map. Those groups that entered the South West in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood competition also did very well and improved on last year’s results.

excellent news.....

Fantastic news and well deserved! In recognition of these amazing members of the grounds team! Their displays lift my spirits even on the greyest of days and everyone who visits me remark on the amazing displays Gullingham always have!

Town Council Grounds Team - you guys rock! Well done πŸ‘πŸΎ

Well done congratulations

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Did you know that Britain in Bloom is the UK's longest running gardening competition, providing a regional and nationwide competition. Today, representatives from Gillingham attended the RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony. Watch this space for an announcement of the results 🌸🌼🌷🌻🌺 ... See MoreSee Less

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