Agenda and draft minutes

Malmesbury Area Board - Tuesday 19 September 2023 7.00 pm

Venue: Crudwell Village Hall, Tetbury Lane,Crudwell, Wiltshire, SN16 9HB

Contact: Max Hirst  Democratic Services Officer

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7.00 pm

31.

Chairman's Welcome and Introductions

The Chairman will welcome those present to the meeting.

Minutes:

Cllr Martin Smith, Vice Chairman, welcomed those present to the meeting and explained that due to Cllr Elizabeth Threlfall’s absence he would be Acting Chairman for the meeting.

32.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from:

 

Cllr Elizabeth Threlfall

Dean Hoskins

 

Nick Hare

Andrew Tremellen

Peter Gilchriest

Louis Mccoy

Katharine Smith

Dave Wingrove

33.

Minutes

To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2023.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2023 were presented for consideration and it was:

 

Resolved:

 

To approve and sign as a true and correct record of the minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2023.

34.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

7.10 pm

35.

Chairman's Announcements and Information Items

To receive the following announcements through the Chair:

 

·       Wiltshire Local Plan Review

·       Special School Developments

·       Warm and Safe Wiltshire

·       Wiltshire Life Awards 2024

 

To receive the following information items:

 

·       Update from BSW Together

·       Update from Community First

·       Healthwatch

·       Council's activity and progress on the Climate Emergency (https://youtu.be/LP2FzC7rHSw)

·       PCCs across the South West launch new rural crime survey and quarterly newsletter

·       Wiltshire AGE UK Newsletter

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Board received the following announcements through the Chair, full details of which can be found in the agenda pack:

 

         Wiltshire Local Plan Review

         Special School Developments

         Warm and Safe Wiltshire

         Wiltshire Life Awards 2024

 

The Board received and noted the following information items, which can be found in the agenda pack:

 

         Update from BSW Together

         Update from Community First

         Healthwatch

         Council's activity and progress on the Climate Emergency

(https://youtu.be/LP2FzC7rHSw)

         PCCs across the South-West launch new rural crime survey and quarterly newsletter

         Wiltshire AGE UK Newsletter

36.

Partner Updates

To receive updates from the following partners:

 

·       Wiltshire Police

·       Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

·       Health & Wellbeing Update

o   Malmesbury Area Health and Wellbeing Forum

o   Health and Wellbeing Champion

·       Town and Parish Councils

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Board received updates from the following partners:

 

         Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

 

Jamie Johnson, Malmesbury Fire Station, stated they had 8 new members of crew and recruitment was still ongoing. Wait times have been reduced, with 17 incidents attended in August and 8 to date in September. Safe and Well visits and Campaigns for Safety in the summer had been undertaken to increase prevention and awareness. There had been particular attention on e-bikes from certain manufacturers that are not safe and prone to exploding.

 

         Health & Wellbeing Update

 

Malmesbury Area Health and Wellbeing Forum

 

The written update was summarised verbally by Mrs. Kim Power, Chair of Malmesbury Area Health and Wellbeing Forum. The update is included in the agenda pack.

 

Health and Wellbeing Champion

 

Julie Dart, the Health and Wellbeing Champion, was unfortunately not present but the Board, and Andrew Jack the Strategic Engagement Partnership Manager (SEPM) commended the amazing work that she is doing in the area to assist especially older and vulnerable adults.

37.

Local Priorities Update

To report on progress made in addressing the Area Board priorities selected for 2023/24

 

  • Positive activities for young people – Cllr Gavin Grant
  • Green Issues – Cllr Martin Smith
  • Reducing loneliness and social isolation – Cllr Chuck Berry
  • Highway Safety – Cllr Elizabeth Threlfall
  • Community resilience – Cllr Gavin Grant

 

Minutes:

The Board reported on the Area Board priorities selected for 2023/24:

 

Positive activities for young people – Cllr Gavin Grant

 

Several initiatives were highlighted:

 

·       Local Youth Network meetings

·       RISE Trust Outreach & Safe Space Initiative

·       HEALS Summer Programme

·       Malmesbury School & the Stay Safe Initiative


Green Issues – Cllr Martin Smith

 

Work being driven by multiple groups across the area:

 

·       Networking event on Climate Action planned for 13th February 2024 in Malmesbury Town Hall before Area Board meeting.

·       Public EV charging points – installation in Sherston is in progress; installations in Malmesbury & Cowbridge in design.

·       Encourage MTC and other PCs to adopt a Climate Action Plan

·       Signed cycle route between Sherston and Malmesbury to be officially ‘opened’ on 23rd September; another route to link up the Camp (aka Whitewalls) business estate under consideration.

·       River water quality testing initiated in the Sherston Avon – encourage wider testing downstream as well.

 


Reducing loneliness and social isolation – Cllr Chuck Berry

 

·       Completed the Charity Symposium in February ‘23

·       The Men’s Shed had continued to progress

·       Trial run in Chelworth & Crudwell for WhatsApp + successful Oaksey Buzz

·       Malmesbury Living Room continued to excel

·       A new Community Bus had been procured but more drivers are needed.

·       Rethink Mental Wellness had been developing engagement activities.

·       Various Luncheon Clubs all run to serve various communities.

·       Plus, a social prescribing offer from our surgeries

 


Highway Safety – Cllr Elizabeth Threlfall

 

·       Coordinating with police to enforce speed limits.

·       Police now using data from SIDs to inform attendance - large increase in tickets issued.

·       Using LHFIG to identify minor schemes which improve road safety e.g. Lea Top

 


Community resilience – Cllr Gavin Grant

 

·       Extra support for Food & Heating Support Providers

·       Malmesbury High Street funding & Place Shaping Symposium

 

38.

Police and Crime Commissioner

Minutes:

Malmesbury Area Board was pleased to welcome Phillip Wilkinson OBE, the Police and Crime Commissioner to the meeting where he gave a verbal update on progress since his appointment 2 years ago.

 

The Police and Crime Commissioner described his main role as to challenge Wiltshire Police Force to perform better in order to remove itself from special measures.

 

·       A more effective and efficient Police Force, including an improvement to response times.

·       A reduction in violent crimes, specifically sexual crimes which has improved from a 2% conviction rate to currently 14%, with the expectation that this figure will continue to improve. Drug crimes have also been prioritised through Operation Scorpion to focus on specific targets committing drug crimes. Wiltshire Council is now the top Force in county line drug disruption.

·       Tackling crimes highlighted by the community, specifically road safety. Community Speedwatch was highlighted as really important to this priority and enforcement statistics had massively improved through ticketing and other enforcement actions. Antisocial behaviour was also highlighted as a community priority.

·       Rural Crime. The local Rural Crime Unit had been given better equipment in the form of drones and night vision to better tackle specifically organised crime gangs committing rural crimes against farmers. Operation Ragwort was highlighted as a specific initiative to tackle this.

 

A question was asked regarding GPS devices being stolen off tractors in the area. The Police and Crime Commissioner clarified that there was work being done regarding legislation to ensure manufacturers install trackers in commercial vehicles and not just personal vehicles.

 

39.

Local Highways and Footways Improvement Group (LHFIG)

The Area Board will be asked to consider the recommendations from the most recent Malmesbury Local Highways and Footway Improvement Group (LHFIG) meeting outlined in the report.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered the notes and recommendations from the recent meeting of the Local Highways and Footways Improvement Group (LHFIG) which took place on 27 June 2023.

 

Proposed by Cllr Chuck Berry and seconded by Cllr Gavin Grant it was:

 

Resolved

 

To approve the recommendations from the meeting of the Local Highways and Footways Improvement Group on 27 June 2023.

 

40.

Local Youth Network (LYN)

The Area Board will receive an update on the outcomes of the most recent meeting of the Local Youth Network (LYN).

Minutes:

The Area Board received a verbal update from Cllr Gavin Grant on the outcomes of the most recent meeting of the Local Youth Network.

 

The key focus remained to support secondary schools to improve what is already a good attendance rate. There was a difference in attendance from those in receipt of free school meals and work was being done to support and improve those statistics.

 

Helean Hughes, Director of Education and Skills, spoke to the wider support that Wiltshire Council is giving to secondary schools in the area. Helean also explained that Covid-19 unfortunately engrained in some an assumption that learning could be done solely online. The offering of support to parents and carers rather than prosecution was emphasised as the most effective method. Helean also spoke about the insight that the young people themselves, especially those living in poverty, can give into why they aren’t attending school.

 

41.

Area Board Funding

To consider the following applications for funding:

 

Community Area Grants:

 

 

Older and Vulnerable Adults Funding:

 

 

Youth Grants:

 

 

The Board will also take the opportunity to talk about the good work that has been going on in between Area Board meetings as a result of grant funding.

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered the following applications for funding:

 

Community Area Grants

 

 Malmesbury Bowls and Social Club Limited requested £1,800 towards toilet facilities for disabled users.

 

 Proposed by Cllr Gavin Grant and seconded by Cllr Chuck Berry

 

 It was:

 

Resolved

To award Malmesbury Bowls and Social Club a reduced amount of £1000 for toilet facilities for disabled users.

Reason – The application met the Community Area Grants Criteria 2023/24, however the amount needed to be reduced to ensure awarded grants remained within the Area Board’s budget.

 

 

 Sherston Drama Group requested £500 towards new costumes.

 

 Proposed by Cllr Martin Smith and seconded by Cllr Gavin Grant

 

 It was:

 

Resolved

To award Sherston Drama Group £500 for new costumes.

Reason – The application met the Community Area Grants Criteria 2023/24.

 

 

Older and Vulnerable Adults Grants

 

Wiltshire Music Centre requested £1,500 towards Celebrating Age Wiltshire.

 

 Proposed by Cllr Gavin Grant and seconded by Cllr Chuck Berry

 

It was:

 

Resolved

To award Wiltshire Music Centre £1500 for Celebrating Age Wiltshire.

Reason – The application met the Older and Vulnerable Adults Grants Criteria 2023/24.

 

Youth Grants

 

The Stay Safe Initiative CIC requested £725 towards their 2024 Digital Empowerment Programme.

 

 Proposed by Cllr Gavin Grant and seconded by Cllr Chuck Berry

 

It was:

 

Resolved

To award The Stay Safe Initiative CIC up to £725 towards their 2024 Digital Empowerment Programme.

Reason – The application met the Youth Grants Criteria 2023/24.

 

42.

Urgent items

Any other items of business which the Chairman agrees to consider as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

43.

Close

The next meeting of the Malmesbury Area Board will be held on 21 November 2023.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Malmesbury Area Board will be held on 21 November 2023.