Melksham Community Area covers 99km² and has only one town, Melksham. There are 11 parishes across the community area, which include Atworth, Broughton Gifford, Melksham, Melksham Without, Steeple Ashton, Bulkington, Keevil, Great Hinton, Poulshot, Semington and Seend
One of Wiltshire’s oldest towns, Melksham today has a strong employment and manufacturing base and benefits from having fast access to the motorway network. Its major employers include Cooper Avon Tires and Avon Technical Products and there are business parks and industrial sites at Bowerhill, Avonside Enterprise Park and Challeymead.
The proximity of the market towns of Trowbridge, Chippenham and Devizes (and the city of Bath and Swindon only 30 and 45 minutes away respectively) ensures strong competition between these centres for economic advantage. Melksham town centre provides a range of local services and convenience shopping.
Wiltshire as a whole is a fairly affluent local authority, however there are pockets of deprivation. A map of deprivation in Melksham Community Area is provided below.
The Index of Multiple Deprivation uses a collection of indicators grouped into seven Deprivation Domains to provide a relative estimate of deprivation within England. These domains are weighted to indicate their impact on deprivation and are collated to provide a single Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).
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The information pack highlights key data across 9 different themes for Melksham Community Area. You can download a PDF version of the information pack by clicking below.