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Here you can find information about what Marlborough Town Council does and how it’s run. You can look at Council and Committee Meeting agendas and minutes to find out what issues are being discussed and have a look at the list of meeting dates coming up.
To help run council business more smoothly and to deliver best value for money, Marlborough Town Council has adopted a committee structure. Full Town Council (comprising all 16 Councillors) still makes the most important decisions such as setting the precept (local council tax) but, committees have delegated authority to make decisions in certain areas themselves. So, in addition to the Full Town Council, there are five Committees:
As business demands it, there may be issues that require further focus or expertise and Full Council or one of its Committees may establish Working Parties. These can include Town Councillors, experts, advisors and members of the public. These are set up in an advisory capacity only and can only made recommendations to Full Council or Committee.
All meetings of the Town Council and its 5 committees are open to the public and press, except where confidential items are being discussed, and each meeting starts with Public Question Time49.16 KB.
All agendas and minutes from May 2003 to present day have been uploaded.
Click here to see the schedule of meetings for 2016-17
Click here to read the notice of unaudited accounts and annual governance statement for 2017/18, including a summary of your rights
The transparency code for local councils means we must make public any expenditure over £500. Our transactions can be accessed here:
Local Councils in England with an annual turnover of £1 million or less must complete an annual return summarising their annual activities at the end of each financial year. You can see our last five year's returns here:
Each year Marlborough Town Council agrees its budget for the forthcoming year and sets the precept. This is to cover any shortfall in the budget the Council needs for the next financial year and is based on planned income (funds from investments, rental income etc) and expenditure (capital projects planned, running of services etc). The difference is the amount it needs to raise locally from Council Tax payers - the Precept. Wiltshire Council collects this on behalf of the Town Council and it is paid in two instalments during the financial year. The Town Council tries to ensure that the tax burden on local people is reduced by seeking external funding for projects where it can.
Find out more about the proportion collected by Wiltshire Council for Marlborough Town Council and the services it provides for you at a local level, which equates to around 10% of your overall bill:
2016 booklet - click here
The Town Council administers a small grants scheme for local projects. If your community or voluntary group needs money to help move a project forward, it may be eligible to apply for funding from the Town Council. In the last year, grants of between £100 - £3,000 have been awarded, most recently to Marlborough & District Dyslexia Association, Marlborough Area Poverty Action Group, The Merchant's House Trust, Greatwood, Marlborough St Mary's, Macmillan Marlborough and Alzheimers Support.
In previous years Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, Prospect Hospice Outreach Centre at Savernake Hospital, The Jubilee Centre, Manton Pre-School, East Wilts Mencap, Relate Mid Wiltshire, The Bruce Trust, Splash Wiltshire, Alzheimer's Support, Home Start Kennet, Marlborough Amateur Boxing Club and Marlborough Gardening Association, St. John's Ambulance, Vitalise, The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and the Greatwood Charity have also received funding.
Apply by 4pm on
For consideration at the
|8 June 2018||18 June 2018|
|14 September 2018||24 September 2018|
|23 November 2018||3 December 2018|
|8 March 2019||18 March 2019|
Please read our policy before applying:
1 The Finance & Policy Committee consider all grant applications
|2 Applications must be for projects that benefit the local community||3 An organisation may normally only submit one application for a grant every financial year||4 The organisation must be non-profit making|
|5 Grants are not made retrospectively for projects||6 The organisation must demonstrate a clear need for financial support and show how fund raising has taken place, if applicable||7 Organisations applying will need to provide a set of audited accounts for the previous financial year and any other financial information as requested by the Town Clerk||8 Organisations just starting up must submit basic financial information|
|9 All grant funding must be claimed by successful applicants before 31 March||10 Any unused monies not used for the purpose intended should be returned to the Town Council||11 Applicants must acknowledge Marlborough Town Council's financial support in any publicity or printed material||12 Cheques must be made out in the name of the organisation making the application|
|13 A report must be made about how the grant has been used by the end of the Financial Year for production at the Annual Town Meeting. Failure to do this may jeopardise future grant applications||
14 The Town Council will not consider grant applications for:
Action Plan 2017-2021: Adopted 6th November 2017
Marlborough Town Council covers the Parish of Marlborough (which includes Manton) and is responsible for the following facilities and services.
Although we offer many local services, we do not cover all council work. These include education, roads, pavements & footpaths, car parks, bin collections, the recycling centre, housing, social services and planning. For more details about these, visit the Wiltshire Council website
Public Toilets in George Lane car park
Portfolio of residential and commercial properties
Marlborough’s cemeteries, burials and records
High Street Floral Displays
Co-ordination of and support to public events (e.g. Remembrance Parade, Christmas Lights Switch-on)
Consultee on all relevant planning applications
Administration of Small Grants Scheme
We've put together some links to other services, such as health, advisory and support organisations, animal welfare and more - click here
Although we offer many local services, we do not cover all council work. These include education, roads, pavements & footpaths, car parks, bin collections, housing, social services and planning. For more details about these, visit the Wiltshire Council website
Meetings of Marlborough Town Council and its Committees are open for the public and the press to attend. However, they are not public meetings and there are restrictions on public participation but, that said, there are opportunities for the public to speak.
Council and Committee meetings are meetings and discussions of Council members and members of the public don’t have an automatic right to speak without the consent of the Chairman. If the Chairman feels that a member of the public's contribution will help decision making, he may suspend Standing Orders (the regulations governing all meetings) to allow that person to speak.
Full Town Council and Committee meetings include an item at the start of the meeting giving members of the public an opportunity to ask the Council a question - Public Question Time. This should not exceed 10 minutes and is limited to 1 question per person unless time permits otherwise. If the Chairman or Councillor is unable to give an answer immediately, he/ she will usually offer a written response as soon as possible.
Every year between 1st March -1st June, the Mayor calls an Annual Parish Meeting, which is a public meeting of the local electorate (everyone in the Parish of Marlborough who has a right to vote) who may question the Mayor, Clerk and Chairman of the Town Council Committees.
See below for Public Question Time notes for Guidance