Welcome to Gillingham Town Council

Town Hall

Welcome to the Gillingham Town Council Website.

Gillingham is a town in the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset. The town is the most northerly in the county.

This website aims to inform the public on the Town Council's work, the service it provides as well as local information and news. 

This site contains agendas and draft minutes for all committees, ward representation and contact details for council members, Standing Orders and Financial Regulations together with policy documents and much more.

The site is updated on a regular basis with news and information on local issues and also includes links to a number of local organisations.


Would you like to:

 Play a part in making decisions affecting your area
Get more involved in your community
Influence the way local servicesare provided

Then why not become a
TOWN COUNCILLOR for the Rural Ward

Send a letter of application explaining the reasons
why you would like to be considered for this vacancy

For further details contact: Mrs Sylvia Dobie, Town Clerk
Gillingham Town Council, The Town Hall,
School Road, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4QR
Phone: 01747 823588

Email: s.j.dobie@gillinghamdorset-tc.gov.uk
Visit our web site: www.gillinghamdorset-tc.gov.uk

Closing date for applications:
Wednesday 21st January 2015 at 12 noon


Have your say on changes to household recycling centres

Dorset residents are being asked for their views on possible money-saving changes to the county's household recycling centre(HRCs).

The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) provides 11 HRCs for residents to recycl a range of household materials that cannot be put in their bins.

In response to continuing financial pressure on the DWP, and its seven partner councils, the partnership is looking at a range of options to make its HRC service more cost-effective.

Residents can read the consultation information and complete an online questionnaire at www.dorsetforyou.com/hrc


PLEASE NOTE: The Town Council is only a consultee regarding any planning application considered by it's Development Management Recommendations Committee.

If you would like to pass on your comments to the planning authority at North Dorset District Council regarding the Land South Of Le Neubourg Way, Church View, Gillingham, or any other planning application, please follow the steps below.


Click on Planning Application Search

Click on North Dorset District Council - planning application search and decisions

Enter the reference number 2/2014/0916/OUT

(this reference number refers to Land South Of Le Neubourg Way, Church View, Gillingham only)

Gillingham’s Annual Christmas Parade 

and Festive Lights Switch-On

On Friday 5th December Father Christmas and two of his reindeer came to Gillingham.  The Christmas Parade left the Town Hall at 6.30pm and proceeded to the High Street Car Park led by Gillingham Imperial Silver Band.  Nick Baker drove his steam engine and towed his recently renovated trailer carrying Gillingham’s Carnival Princess and her attendants. However, the highlight of the parade was Father Christmas and his reindeer drawn sleigh.



Following the parade, the festive lights were switched on by The Mayor of Gillingham, Cllr David Milsted and carols were sung with Gillingham Community Choir, accompanied by Gillingham   Imperial Silver Band.  On the Town Meadow the Anonymous Travelling Christmas Market were joined by Hidden Pizza and visitors were tempted by a wonderful selection of stalls. The Methodist Church served refreshments throughout the evening and The Royal British Legion served mulled wine.

Father Christmas was very busy meeting children in his grotto and was assisted by his elves.

Gillingham Town Council Grounds Staff erect over 100 small trees each year as well as the large tree on The Town Meadow.







Councillor David Milsted has been elected as Mayor of Gillingham for the forthcoming civic year. 

Councillor David Milsted received the chain of office at a ceremony held on Tuesday 27th May 2014.

Gillingham's new Deputy Mayor is Cllr David Walsh.



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What is Gillingham Direct?

Gillingham Direct is an amalgamation of joint services from Gillingham Town Council, North Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council, available at the Town Hall from Monday to Friday 9– 1pm. Providing information on any council service provided by the three tiers of local government.

The following surgeries are held:

  • Housing Accomodation Services: Available by appointment only on a Tuesday and Friday 9.00am-1.00pm. Please phone 01258 484358 to book an appointment.
  • Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support : Available Tuesday's only as a drop in service - 9.30am - 3.45pm (Closed for lunch 1 -2 pm).
  • DCC Registrar: Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons by appointment only, for those wishing to register births, deaths and marriages. Please tel: 01305 225153 to book an appointment.
  • NDDC Building Control: Drop in every Thursday 2.00pm-4.00pm. Ensures Buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with Building Regulations and associated legislation.
  • Gillingham Job Club: Every Friday 10.00am-1.00pm in the Jubilee Room. This is a resource for helping people get back into employment. No appointment necessary.
  • Licensing: Wednesday by appointment only, please ring 01258 484 022 to book. Licensing deal with a wide range of different licences, permits and registrations.
  • Dorset First Point: For help and advice with tenancy problems, working in partnership with DCC. Appointment only. 


Our friendly customer service team will be happy to help you with any enquiries or point you in the right direction. Pop in or call 01747 823588. 


Download the Gillingham direct leaflet here for further information. 



Quarterly Newsletter Issue 2

The second edition of our restyled quarterly newsletter is now available for download, providing lots more news and information on the work of the Town Council and the services provided by Gillingham Direct.

 Please click here to download your copy.

The newsletter is also available in hard copy from the Town Council offices, Gillingham Library, RiversMeet, the Forge Garage at Milton, and various retail outlets. 

 Look out for our next newsletter in December





Gillingham Town Council Info Exchange Emailing List

 Would you like to be kept up to date with local information from within the parish of Gillingham, ranging from upcoming events, to council quarterly news, to volunteering opportunities?

Then join Gillingham Town Council emailing list, The Info Exchange, for regular updates about what’s on in the Gillingham area and local information.

If you would like to join please email your name and the email address you would like to receive updates to, to GTC@gillinghamdorset-tc.gov.uk, please use the words ‘Info Exchange’ as the email subject.

You can unsubscribe from receiving emails at any time by emailing your request to leave to GTC@gillinghamdorset-tc.gov.uk.

We can also send around details of your local events or opportunities*, all you need to do is email us a PDF and Word copy of the information which can then be forwarded.

*this will be at the Town Council’s discretion as to what is deemed appropriate information to be exchanged.