Prior to the pandemic, Melksham Town Council commissioned a review of opportunities and challenges facing the town over the next 15 years, including the climate emergency and our changing lives. The report suggested a strategy covering the movement of people, goods and vehicles throughout the town and its hinterland.

Called Priority for People : Melksham 2021, the work to prepare that strategy started with a survey. We were interested in hearing from anyone living and working in Melksham and its surrounding Wiltshire communities, including Beanacre, Berryfield, Bowerhill, Shaw, The Spa, Whitley – as well as Atworth, Broughton Gifford, Bulkington, Great Hinton, Holt, Keevil, Poulshot, Seend, Semington and Steeple Ashton.

Click on the button below and you can read the results and the hundreds of comments and ideas that people added. If you have any feedback or comments of your own, you can contact us direct through

There are three elements to the Priority for People programme:

JUNE-JULY : Gathering evidence through the survey.

AUGUST-SEPTEMBER : Analysis of results.

OCTOBER-NOVEMBER : Workshops + public meeting. A working group with experts and lay members from across the community is going to explore options for change at a workshop in early October – including the identification of a range of workstreams for ideas and initiatives. A public meeting is also scheduled. Regular updates will be provided here.