Highways and Transport Matters
To receive a presentation covering the
Strategic Business Plan Priorities
Local Transport Plan
The event began by
providing context about highway infrastructure and its importance
An overview was
presented of how highways in Wiltshire were funded and what
investments were being planned by the Council for the future. This
included initiatives to tackle speeding and flooding.
The presentation then
focused in specifically to Corsham, highlighting the following
Corsham Town Council
also gave a short presentation highlighting their input into
highways and transport priorities in the area.
Their overall strategic
and Climate Change
and the Economy
Pointing specifically to their
- Affordable, well-connected and
regular public transport.
- Well-maintained roads and routes for walking and
traffic speeds and improved road safety measures.
- Plans in
place for new transport infrastructure.
slides are attached to the minutes.
Question and Answer Session
An opportunity to ask any highways
The panel then opened
the meeting up to the floor and invited questions and comments from
those present. They also explained that they would provide written
responses to the questions submitted in advance of the meeting
which would be attached to the minutes.
- A question was asked
about work on white and yellow lines in Colerne, to which it was
stated that inspections would be taking place. Prioritisation is
given to the highest built-up areas and through a specific set of
- Much attention was
given to a question about ongoing issues, including two very
serious collisions on Bradford Road. Comments from attendees
included safety concerns for children, the inconsistency of speed
limits and enforcement of those limits, and the current junction
noted that a Cabinet Member decision was being made on this
particular issue on the reduction of the speed limit. Site visits
had been made and the concerns of local residents had been
considered amongst many other factors, including guidance from
various transport groups. Steps to ensure drivers slow even further
outside the school situated along the road were also being
accepted that further communication and collaboration with local
residents was needed.
- Issues on Vellay Hill were raised where there was a 30mph
limit which was not being adhered to. Enforcement measures were
asserted to be in place and police officers do attend, however it
was stressed that this was balanced between multiple areas of
concerns. Traffic management and calming measures were in place,
and arguments made for different interventions were being
- A question was asked on
the use of data from Speedwatch cameras and their effectiveness in
catching speeding motorists and enforcement through fines and other
penalties. It was responded that attendance to the next area board
meeting would be sought from PCC’s office to answer this
question in more detail, but difficulty procedurally with deploying
Speedwatch cameras was explained and it was stressed that there was
no wish to</AI2> leave a situation that
- Further questions were
asked on certain road projects that would require attention
pavement on the road into Corsham from Gastard.
the junction between Skynet Drive and Park Lane
a lack of cat’s eyes on numerous roads causing issues when
driving at night
pedestrian crossing in Box which was in need of repair.
It was reassured that
all of these issues were known, and work had either already begun
or was due to start soon.
Session Summary and Next Steps
To consider the next steps arising from the
Those who submitted
written questions would receive written responses. This document is
still being prepared and will be published separately to these
The board thanked those
who attended and gave their views and concerns.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 12
from the 12 October 2023 were approved as a true and accurate
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations of
disclosable interests or dispensations
granted by the Standards Committee.
There were no
declarations of interest.
The Chairman will give an update on outcomes
and actions arising from previous meetings of the Area Board.
Police and Crime Commissioner’s Annual Report 2023.
Cost of Living Update
The Chair updated the
board on the following items:
Crime Commissioner’s Annual Report 2023
The Board is asked to note the following
Wiltshire Age UK Update
Update from BSW Together (Integrated Care System)
FACT Family Help Programme Update
Archaeology Service Annual Newsletter 2023.
The Board noted the
following information items:
Age UK Update
BSW Together (Integrated Care System)
Help Programme Update
Service Annual Newsletter 2023.
Partner and Community Updates
To receive any verbal updates
from representatives, including:
Fire & Rescue
Town & Parish Council Nominated
Corsham Climate Action
The Board is asked to note any
written and online updates attached to the agenda:
The chair directed
attendees to the Agenda Supplement for the Police and Road Safety
All written updates
were noted and were attached to the Agenda.
Area Board Priority Areas Update
Update on our Priority Areas:
Youth engagement and positive activity opportunities (Cllr Helen
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)
Youth engagement and
positive activity opportunities (Cllr Helen Belcher)
- A LYN meeting took
place at Corsham School in November, with good discussion about
getting younger people involved into the community.
change (Cllr Derek Walters)
- Visits are being
arranged, specifically to the biogas plant in Warminster for
inspiration for future projects in Corsham.
Promoting wellbeing and
reducing social isolation in older and vulnerable people (Cllr
- Nothing of significance
to update but a meeting was being organised soon.
Supporting the local
economy (Cllr Ruth Hopkinson)
- A Business Breakfast
meeting was planned for 19th January 8-10am at Pound
Area Board Grants - Budget Update
The Strategic Engagement and Partnerships
Manager for Corsham, Ros Griffiths, will update the Board on the
budget for Area Board grant applications.
There were no grants to
consider, however the Strategic Engagement & Partnerships
Manager Ros Griffiths gave an update on the Board’s
It was stated that
although the Community Area budget and Youth budget were fully
allocated, the Older and Vulnerable grants budget had almost
£1000 left and so attendees were urged to submit
Local Highways and Footpath Improvement Group (LHFIG)
To note the minutes and consider any
recommendations arising from the most recent LHFIG meeting.
Further information on the LHFIG process can
Proposed by Cllr Ruth
Hopkinson and seconded by Cllr Helen Belcher OBE, it
the recommendations from the meeting of the Local Highways and
Footways Improvement Group on 11 October 2023.