Agenda item

Partner Updates

To receive an update from the partners listed below:

a. Wiltshire Police

b. Wiltshire and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service
c. NHS Wiltshire
d. Healthwatch
e. Older People’s Voices – Diane Gooch
f. Calne Health and Social Care Forum (Health & Wellbring group) – Alison Ingham
g. Rise Youth – Danielle Blake
h. Town and Parish Councils



a)    Wiltshire Police


The Area Board considered the update report from Insp James Brain,  Wiltshire Police. Comments from the Area Board included the use of the vehicle in Calne to observe suspicious activity and the potential for it to used to observe hare coursing during the hours of darkness.


b)    Wiltshire Fire and Rescue


The update report of Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service provided by Darren Nixon, Station Manager was noted.


c)    NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group


There was no update report.


d)    Healthwatch Wiltshire


The written update was noted.


e)    Older People’s Voices


The update report provided by Diane Gooch was noted.


f)      Calne Health & Social care Forum (Health & Wellbeing Group)


There was no update report. 


g)    Rise Youth


Danielle Blake, Youth Co-ordinator from the Rise Trust and Gemma Blake provided an update about the work undertaken during the lockdown with young people. Gemma explained that they provided a listening ear, offering support and the importance of young people making good choices going forward.


Over the past few weeks, they have begun to see young people more and noted that relationships with young people have got stronger, with them often messaging staff regarding issues that might be troubling them.


It was noted that a new meeting space was needed for the youth and the Area Board suggested that funding may be available to support a more suitable venue.


h)    Town and Parish Councils


·       Bremhill Parish Council – Isabel McCord provided an update for the Area Board. Isabel reported that the Parish Council was now holding ‘in-person’ meetings and their Annual Parish Meeting would be held soon. The Parish Council had recently responding to the Local Plan Review Consultation and the Future Chippenham Project Consultation, and were due to review their Neighbourhood Plan which was now out of date.


·       Compton Bassett – Julian Barlow provided an update for the Area Board. Julian reported that the Parish Council was now holding ‘in-person’ meetings. One of the main issues being considered by the Parish Council included traffic management. Road Closures in Calne were impacting the road through the village as cars were using it as alternative route. It was suggested that the CATG could consider proposals to alleviate the issue. The Parish Council were also considering the creation of a village green.


·       Calne Town Council – Alan Hill provided an update for the Area Board.  Alan reported on the following matters


o   Cllr Rich Jones was elected Town Mayor at the Annual Meeting and Mayor Making on 17th May,

o   the Town Council will be hosting a number of family events during the school summer holidays,

o   The next meeting of the Town Council is scheduled for Monday 26 July 7pm in Town Hall.

o   Issues with the obstruction of public thoroughfare and use of storage provided for Wheelie bins in the underpass between Church Street and the Heritage car park; The Area Board agreed to support the Town Council in its efforts to resolve the situation.

o   Works to commence on the footpath between the Cherhill View estate and Kingsbury Green Academy. Cllr Pearce-Kearney confirmed that he was working positively with the Town Council and work in this area was ongoing.

o   Discussion about the devolution of services. It was noted that discussions had been delayed due to problems relating to the Overage associated with Beversbrook; These had now been resolved. The Area Board agreed to support the Town Council in its desire to resume these discussions.

o   Complaints received about the unkempt state of the Heritage Quarter car park; It was suggested that the issue be reported to Wiltshire Council on the ‘My Wilts’ app.

o   As a collaboration between the Town Council and Area Board 4 new defibrillators are due to be installed outside of Quemerford Post Office & Stores, outside of Colemans Farm Community Centre, outside of Bremhill View Social Club and outside of Calne Recreation Club. A community training session is to be arranged by the Town Council in early August.


i)        Abberd Way – Cllr Tony Trotman raised an issue about access to Abberd Lane from the Sandpit Rd estate.  The Area Board also heard from Mrs Bedford and Danielle McFarland, representing local residents, about the  possibility of formalising a pedestrian route from the estate through a hedge onto Abberd Lane for residents to access schools and the Town.


The Chair suggested that Cllr Trotman raise the issue with the S106 Working Group and the Town Council to seek a resolution.


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