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Tisbury Parish Council

Tisbury nestles in the south-west corner of Wiltshire close to the county of Dorset and is located in the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

In the 2001 census, the population of Tisbury was 2056 persons.

The High Street boasts a wealth of independent shops together with a small Co-operative food store and a Boots chemist shop. Other facilities include a sports centre, outdoor swimming pool (May to September) and railway station that connects to Salisbury, London Waterloo, and towns to the west including Sherborne and Exeter.

The Square

The village centre is called 'The Square' (although it is not square) and is characterized by a two-way roundabout!

What is a Parish Council?

There are approximately 8,500 parish councils in England; in addition, there are County Councils, Town Councils, Unitary Authorities etc. Most parish councils were established in 1894 by an Act of Parliament, creating civil parishes that are quite distinct from those of the church.
A typical parish council represents around 1,700 people, but some have much smaller and some much larger populations.
The most effective parish councils will have councillors and a clerk that works as a team to provide a service to the community.

What does a Parish Council do?

The parish council represents the interests of the whole community; these can be diverse and discovering the needs of different groups is an important part of the work of each and every parish councillor. Occasionally there will be a conflict of interest between the groups within the village and making difficult decisions in an open and reasoned way is something that all parish councils must do well. Consultation with the residents is, therefore, a very important tool.

Powers and Duties

Each parish council throughout England has powers and duties to help the community to thrive. A parish council must not do anything unless it has the legal power to act, granted by law.
Councillors must therefore always ask the question "Does the council have a legal power to act?"
This is especially important when spending public money.

History, Charm & Community Spirit

Latest Parish News

Station Works News

Tisbury - Station Works Development


June 2021
Photograph of Station Works

The Latest Update - following the 6th July Meeting of the Council:

The Joint Working Group continue to work towards the best deal for the community during the regeneration of the site in line with the Neighbourhood Plan. Recent work includes more meetings and on-line discussion with Intelligent Land, Network Rail and the Access to Tisbury Group; information and guidance from Wiltshire Council on the status of the Master Plan.

At the time of writing the Joint Working Group has not received an update of the masterplan (the Draft Design and Access Statement), but Intelligent Land has indicated the proposed pedestrian access has been accepted in principle by Wiltshire Highways, subject to further data being gathered; also that they are reconsidering the size of the care home their following meeting with the local Doctors’ Surgery.

In a recent email Intelligent Land indicated strongly that they now wished to move towards an application for outline planning, even though advice from Wiltshire Council Planners highlight the importance for the developer to agree the masterplan with the Parish Council and local community.

The Parish Council is now looking in more detail at key themes highlighted in the draft Design and Access Statement by the community, including:

• adherence to the neighbourhood plan

• impact on community services and infrastructure

• potential disruption of existing traffic flows and parking

• improved pedestrian access to site

• additional information about the options for the contaminated land

• environmental impact on River Nadder

• AONB considerations


Tisbury Parish Council has had several meetings with Intelligent Land, (agents for Tisbury Community Homes, purchasers of Station Works in 2019). There are draft plans in progress for a redevelopment of this old industrial site. At the moment, the proposals are expected to include provision for approximately 80 new dwellings, including some flats, plus a care home for the elderly; together with associated private parking and a new pedestrian access into the village via the Three Arch Bridge. Intelligent Land has yet to finalise its plans.

Tisbury Community Homes is inviting the local community to look at the plans and provide feedback online at stationworks-tisbury.co.uk. Residents can also provide feedback by calling 0800 080 3160 or by emailing tisbury@devcomms.co.uk.

While we welcome the development of the Station Works site there are several outstanding issues that the Parish Council and the community has concerns about. These were aired at the public meeting held on 27th May 2021. Simon Trueick from Intelligent Land on behalf of the site owner, Tisbury Community Homes was present and gave responses.

Below are the Notes from that meeting. There is also a PDF of the PowerPoint that Councillor Gerry Murray presented which is a great visual guide to all the issues.

7 Councillors elected un-opposed and take up Office on Tuesday 18th May 2021



April 2021
Listing of Councillors elected un-opposed.

As only 7 nominations were received for the Parish council election on 6th May 2021, all persons nominated will be elected un-opposed.

Once each nominee has signed the Office of Declaration, they take become a Parish Councillor and have a duty to attend Parish Council meetings when 'summoned'!

 The first meeting for the newly elected Councillors will be held on Tuesday 18th May at 7pm.  As the current Government regulations require a face-to-face meeting at that time, the location has yet to be decided. 

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