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.