Venue: The Pound Arts Centre, Pound Hill, Corsham, SN13 9HX
Contact: Max Hirst Email: email@example.com
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 7 June 2023.
To approve and sign as a true and correct record of the minutes of the meeting held on 7 June 2023.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.
The Chairman will give an update on outcomes and actions arising from previous meetings of the Area Board:
· Five to Thrive
The Chair gave an update on outcomes and actions arising from previous meetings of the Area Board:
· Five To Thrive Corsham
The chair also informed those in attendance that the meeting was not officially quorate and therefore the Board could not make any formal decisions at this meeting.
The Board is asked to note the following Information items:
· Community First
· Healthwatch Wiltshire
· Update from BSW Together (Integrated Care System)
· Wiltshire Council Consultation Portal
· Wiltshire Council Information Items:
o Special School Developments
o Wiltshire AGE UK Newsletter
o PCCs across the Southwest launch new rural crime survey and quarterly newsletter
o Update on the Council's activity and progress on the Climate Emergency
o Multiply - Online Courses
o Local Plan
Full details can be found in the agenda pack.
Partner and Community Updates
To receive any verbal updates from representatives, including:
a) Wiltshire Police – Inspector Pete Foster
b) Fire & Rescue – Station Manager Dean Hoskins
c) Town & Parish Council Nominated Representatives
d) Corsham Climate Action – Adam Walton
e) Pound Arts
The Board is asked to note the following written and online updates attached to the agenda:
· PC Updates
· Campus Update – Implementation of parking restrictions and EV chargers
Corsham Health Centre Update
Wiltshire Integrated Care Alliance Director, and BSW ICB Executive Lead for Primary Care NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board (ICB)
Over the last year and a half, opportunities to reopen the site had been explored. No interest was received to re-opening the Corsham Health Centre in a clinical capacity. There was however interest in opening for Primary Care and ongoing discussions over the next two months will take place.
If there is no defined opportunity, then the centre will be up for disposal with government institutions having the first opportunity to absorb the site.
An opportunity was highlighted to apply for the Corsham Health Centre to be designated as a community asset which would give more time for the community to make use of the site.
Clarification was sought and given that the NHS does technically own the site and local commissioners ultimately decide what action is taken.
To receive a presentation on Greensquare from Clare Cotterill and David Loon.
Green Square Accord provide affordable homes and care and support services for those in need. More locally in Wiltshire, there are 4 officers who cover the local area. Officers had engaged in the local community to establish an understanding of issues that are faced and to answer queries. Green Square also engaged with and encouraged residents to get involved by becoming panel members.
Green Square highlighted their determination to be different to large national organisations who are often criticised for not understanding the areas where they own properties.
The Board praised Green Square for providing specialist tenancy support where it hadn’t been as readily available before. The Board emphasised the opportunity to hold an engagement with the residents of Rudloe, one of the most deprived areas in Wiltshire where there are major issues with accessibility and transport infrastructure. Cllr Derek Walters was especially keen to work with Green Square regarding Rudloe.
It was clarified that the Green Square Panel has an application process and regularly meets through Microsoft Teams.
Area Board Priority Areas Update
Update on our Priority Areas:
· Youth engagement and positive activity opportunities (Cllr Helen Belcher)
· Addressing climate change (Cllr Derek Walters)
· Promoting wellbeing and reducing social isolation in older and vulnerable people (Cllr Brian Mathew)
· Supporting the local economy (Cllr Ruth Hopkinson)
The Board received an update on some of its Priority Areas:
· Promoting wellbeing and reducing social isolation in older and vulnerable people (Cllr Dr Brian Mathew)
Cllr Brian Mathew invited two organisations that work with Corsham Area Board under Priority Areas to speak.
SHED – described their work as an Alzheimer’s and Dementia support group that aims to work with larger organisations in the area to help those living with the conditions to regain practical skills.
Corsham Community Club - thanked Corsham Area Board for the grant awarded at the last area board meeting and described their work to help those who are isolated or lonely. The importance that their work demonstrates to encourage those who attend to branch out and live their life as fully as possible was highlighted.
· Supporting the local economy (Cllr Ruth Hopkinson)
Cllr Ruth Hopkinson, Chair, praised the work being driven by Corsham Town Council with good local knowledge to begin work with local businesses to improve the local area and economy.
Area Board Funding
To note the
remaining budgets and to consider any applications
Griffiths, Strategic Engagement & Partnerships
Community Area Grants:
Young People Grants:
on the Area Board Grant system can be found
Applications under £1000 will be considered and can potentially be awarded under delegated authority.
Local Highways and Footpath Improvement Group (LHFIG)
To note the minutes and consider any recommendations arising from the last LHFIG meeting held on 19 July, as set out in the attached report.
Report to follow.
Further information on the LHFIG process can be found here.
LHFIG had its most recent meeting on 19 July 2023 and the Board noted the minutes.
The Chair referred to the opportunity to make a substantive bid for significant extra funding for LHFIG projects and noted it’s success last financial year.