The Town Council is a democratically elected body of 16 Councillors and is the first tier of local government.

When all 16 Councillors meet together, this is known as 'Full Council' and the meeting is chaired by one Councillor who has been chosen by the others and is known as the Mayor. The Town Mayor also fufills the role of representing the Council at official functions and of course at local and community events. A Deputy Mayor is also elected to assist and deputise for the Mayor, when necessary.

The statutory powers and functions of the Council are defined in law, however the Council's role in the local community is much more far reaching. In Malmesbury the Council directly looks after many local facilities, such as play parks, St. Aldhelm's Mead, the Tetbury Hill Cemetery and Cloister Gardens. The Town Council is also requested to comment on Planning Applications as an 'official consultee', but does not have the power to pass or reject applications, which is the responsibility of Wiltshire Council and government.


The work of the council takes place mainly at the committee level.  Committees are small focused teams of elected members working on your behalf within the scope of that committee's remit.

Some decisions may be taken by committees themselves, but they must report these together with their findings and other recommendations to Full Council which acts to either ratify or reject them. Responsibilities of the Town Council are described in Standing Orders, being the rules which govern the Council.

Town Councillors 2023-2024

The Committees

To contact a specific committee please address your comments to the clerk for that committee. You can find who this is by clicking on the individual committee links below.

The committees that exist within Malmesbury Town Council are as follows, starting first with a calendar of meetings:

Malmesbury Town Council - Staff Structure



Local stories in and around the Malmesbury area to keep you up-to-date.


A wonderful place to visit with a wealth of attractions right on the doorstep.


Malmesbury is a beautiful town to visit in its own right and attractions include the jewel in our crown being Malmesbury Abbey, the fabulous Abbey House Gardens, and Malmesbury’s 15th century Market Cross.

For more than two and a half millennia successive generations have populated this hilltop, which forms the centre of the community we now call Malmesbury.


Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9BZ

The Council Office is open for Council business from 9am until 5pm Monday to Thursday & Friday 9am to 4.30pm, except for Bank Holidays.

Please call us on 01666 822143, or visit our contact page here to contact a specific councillor or member of the council staff directly.