Agenda and draft minutes

Melksham Area Board - Tuesday 12 September 2023 7.00 pm

Venue: Melksham Library, Community Campus, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES

Contact: Matthew Hitch  Email: matthew.hitch@wiltshire.gov.uk

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18:15

28.

Guided Heritage Walk Around Melksham

To undertake a walking tour of the town centre, with refreshments available in the community campus café area until 7:00 pm.

Minutes:

The Chairman thanked Paul Carter, the Chairman of Melksham and District Historical Association for leading the heritage walk around the town, which was attended by nearly 50 people.

19:00

29.

Chairman's Welcome

To welcome those present to the meeting.

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed attendees to the meeting. Members and officers then introduced themselves.

30.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for Absence had been received from:

 

·       Cllr Nick Holder

·       Inspector Andy Lemon

·       Cameron Osborn – Apprentice Democratic Services Officer

31.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 14 June 2023.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

On the proposal of Cllr Jon Hubbard, seconded by Cllr Jack Oatley, it was resolved to make the:

 

Decision

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting, held on 14 June 2023, as a true and correct record.

32.

Declarations of Interest

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

 

Minutes:

In relation to agenda item 12, Cllr Jon Hubbard and Cllr Jack Oatley declared that they were trustees of 4Youth. They did not participate in the debate, or vote on, the two grant applications from 4Youth.

19:05

33.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive the following announcements through the Chairman:

 

·       Wiltshire Local Plan Review (session on 4 October)

·       Climate Emergency update - https://youtu.be/LP2FzC7rHSw

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman noted that Wiltshire’s Local Plan set out the framework for housing infrastructure for employment for the next 15 years. It was noted that there would be a consultation event on the Local Plan in Melksham at the Community Campus on Wednesday 4 October between 3pm and 7pm. There would also be an online webinar covering the whole of Wiltshire between 6:30pm and 8:00pm on Tuesday 10 October. Further information was on pages 7-9 of the agenda pack.

 

He also read out a statement on Melksham House, which has been attached to these minutes.

19:10

34.

Partner Updates

To receive updates from any of the following partner organisations:

 

·       Wiltshire Police

·       Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS)

·       BSW Together (Integrated Care System)

·       Healthwatch Wiltshire

·       Community First

 

·       Melksham and Bradford-on-Avon Primary Care Network

·       Town and Parish Councils

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Area Board noted the partner updates as set out in the agenda pack; these were:

 

·       Wiltshire Police – Neighbourhood Team pg. 11-34

·       Community First pg. 35- 37

·       BSW Together (Integrated Care System) pg. 39-80

·       Healthwatch Wiltshire pg.81

·       Wiltshire Police - Road Safety – Agenda Supplement 1 pg.1-13

·       Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) Agenda Supplement 1 pg.15-21

·       Melksham and Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network Agenda Supplement 2

 

The Area Board also received an update from Social Prescriber, Sasko Spirovski, and Dr Amy Gately from Melksham and Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network (PCN). The representatives explained that the PCN involved collaborative working between the three local practices. Key points included:

 

·       The Joy app would soon be available to allow patients to self-refer to local health services and it was envisioned that this would assist GPs in making the most effective use of their consultation time.

·       The PCN were recruiting a Clinician Associate.

·       Queries were asked about the PCN’s view about the need for a medical centre at Verbena Court, given proposals for a new care home on the site. It was also asked whether staff had been moved from Giffords Surgery to Melksham Hospital. It was highlighted that the PCN had stated that they did not see the need for a new medical practice on the site in a letter written on 26 October 2022 in relation to a variation on a S106 agreement. The PCN emphasised the importance of communication with developers and health providers to ensure that there was appropriate health infrastructure in place for new developments.

·       It was noted that Melksham Hospital was not suitable for lone working and challenges had been faced with the PCN’s Estate Toolkit Delivery Programme.

19:25

35.

Special Schools Developments

To receive an update on the work being undertaken by the Special School Transformation Team in Melksham and the wider area from Matthew Look, SEND Place Planning Commissioning Programme Lead.

Minutes:

Matthew Look, SEND Place, Planning and Commissioning Programme Lead, provided an overview of the requirement for special needs school provision in Wiltshire, before going to provide detailed information about work to transform Melksham House into a special school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). The Area Board were informed that, although Wiltshire had a number of special schools, it was reliant on the independent sector for SEMH provision, meaning that children sometimes had to be placed outside of the county. He explained that Melksham House would provide 42 places for primary age children, and between 25 and 35 secondary age children, when it opened in September 2024.

 

The Area Board thanked the Programme Lead for providing valuable insight into the progress at the school. During the discussion, points included:

 

·       Primary age children would be based on the ground floor at Melksham House, with secondary age pupils on the first floor. There would be no classrooms on the second floor as the building was listed, so it was not possible to make the necessary alterations to the staircase.

·       It was envisioned that primary age children would be at Melksham House full time, although there might be a slightly more flexible model for secondary age pupils.

·       In response to a query about whether the school’s hall could be used by the wider community outside of school hours, the Programme Lead said that he would make further enquiries. The Chairman noted that he would welcome the opportunity to hold an Area Board in the building.

·       When asked about how places would be allocated, the Programme Lead noted that children with an Education, Health and Care Plan would have their needs assessed by an expert panel and that parental preference would also be taken into consideration.

·       The Area Board stated that they thought it was fantastic that the future of an important historical building could be secured through the provision of a vital public service.

19:45

36.

Heritage and Culture

To hear from the following on the work being done towards heritage and culture in the community:

 

·       Heather Perry – Conservation and Museums Advisory Service Manager

·       Ruth Butler – Heritage Education and Digital Engagement Officer

Minutes:

Ruth Butler, Heritage, Education and Digital Engagement Officer at Wiltshire Council, provided information about the Explore Wiltshire app, a new, free, easy to use location-aware app that featured information about historical landmarks, cultural sites and events that have helped to shape Wiltshire’s towns and villages. It included interactive maps, walking trails, hunts and challenges, plus photographs, audio and visual clips. She explained that the app would support the Wiltshire Towns Programme, aiming to increase the footfall in market towns. It was designed to allow town and parish councils, or local heritage organisations, to add their own trails and marketing messages. The officer highlighted that Melksham had a fantastic industrial heritage, including Cooper Tyres and Avon Rubber that could be included on the app.

 

 

·       The Area Board thanks the officer for her presentation and said that they would welcome the opportunity to register Melksham on the app.

·       The Chairman highlighted that Melksham had more listed buildings than Bradford on Avon.

·       The Area Board expressed regret that they had not been included in the first tranche of towns to be added to the app. It was clarified that the Market Town Team had drawn up the list of the first 10 towns and that local stakeholders, such as heritage groups, the town council and Area Board could contact them to join the app.

·       The Strategic Engagement and Partnerships Manager had been discussing Melksham being the next town to join the app with Wiltshire Council’s Heritage Services Manager and there was complete agreement that he should now express the Area Board’s wish for this to happen.

·       The Chairman of Melksham and District Historical Association, Paul Carter, said that his organisation would be keen to be involved.

·       Material that could potentially be included on the app about Melksham included information about Victorian philanthropist Rachel Fowler and Great War stories from the Melksham Remembers project. 

·       It was highlighted that Melksham Football Club were amongst the oldest in the Southern League and it might be possible to advertise Melksham Food and River Festival on the app. 

 

 

Heather Perry, Conservation and Museums Advisory Service Manager at Wiltshire Council, provided information about different ways in which Melksham could promote its heritage, including contributing to historic collections, or opening its own museum. She explained that there were 40 museums in Wiltshire, operating a variety of different operating models. Some museums were entirely volunteer run including Aldbourne Heritage Centre, which was based in a former public toilet. It was noted that there was an accreditation scheme to start collecting items and that her team were available to assist with issues such as governance, visitor experience and managing collections. 

 

The Chairman of Melksham and District Historical Association agreed that consideration should be given to the best way to display the town’s history. He reported that his association had first tried to set up a museum in 1962 and had made further attempts in the 1990s. It was also noted that the Melksham Hoard, a collection of Bronze Age artifacts were displayed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

20:15

37.

Area Board Priority Update

To receive updates from Lead Councillors on the local Area Board priorities.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Cllr Phil Alford noted that the planning inspector had agreed a new right of way in Melksham linking Murray Walk to an area near Woodrow. He also noted that Wiltshire’s Cabinet had, earlier that day, agreed an additional £10 million investment in Highways and Transport .

20:20

38.

Local Highway and Footway Improvement Group (LHFIG)

To consider the recommendations from the LHFIG meeting from 3 August 2023:

 

1) To close the following Issues:

·       9-22-1 Melksham Lighting off Hazelwood Road

·       9-22-6 Melksham Signing to Sandridge Farm

 

2) To add the following Issue to the Priority Schemes List with funding:

·       9-22-21 Melksham Snarlton Lane Crossing Point (£1,454.58).

 

3) To add the following Issue to the Priority Schemes List without funding:

·       9-23-13 Steeple Ashton Sandpits Lane pedestrian access to playing field

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Vice-Chairman paid tribute to the former Melksham Without Parish Councillor, Don Millard, who had sadly passed away.

 

On the proposal of the Vice-Chairman, seconded by Cllr Jack Oatley, it was resolved to make the:

 

Decision

 

1)    To close the following Issues:

 

• 9-22-1 Melksham Lighting off Hazelwood Road

• 9-22-6 Melksham Signing to Sandridge Farm

 

2)    To add the following Issue to the Priority Schemes List with funding:

 

• 9-22-21 Melksham Snarlton Lane Crossing Point (£1,454.58)

 

3)    To add the following Issue to the Priority Schemes List without funding:

 

• 9-23-13 Steeple Ashton Sandpits Lane pedestrian access to playing field

20:25

39.

Grant Applications

To consider the following applications for grant funding:

 

Community Area Grants:

 

·       Wharf Court Residents - £5,000 towards residents’ lounge refurbishment

·       Melksham Music and Drama - £1,000 towards radio microphones

·       St John’s Ambulance - £5,000 towards Wiltshire Community Support Unit vehicle

·       West Wilts Radio - £1,875 towards digital audio broadcasting transition

·       Meadowbrook CIC - £1,600 towards improvements to entrance track and car park area

 

Older and Vulnerable Adults Grants:

 

·       Rainbow Day Centre and meet at The Riverside Centre - £2,000 towards Rainbow Day Centre for the Elderly

·       Melksham Free Dining - £845.51 towards disposables

·       Wiltshire Music Centre - £1,500 towards Celebrating Age Wiltshire

 

Youth Grants:

 

·       Youth Success Academy CIC - £5,000 towards Mental Health and Entrepreneurship Programme for Disadvantaged Young People

·       4 Youth South West - £5,000 towards remote villages street-based youth work

·       4 Youth South West - £5,000 towards Detached Youth Work Melksham

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Area Board noted the budgets remaining for allocation at the meeting and heard from representatives in attendance who gave a brief overview of their project followed by any questions by the Area Board. It was noted that the full list of applications for the meeting was included in Agenda Supplement 1.

 

Community Area Grants

 

West Wiltshire Radio Requesting £1,875 Towards Transition to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB)

 

In response to queries from the Area Board, the applicants confirmed that they would target 3,500 listeners if they were able to provide Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB). They were a not-for-profit company and would broadcast in Melksham. They had been awarded £1,250 by Bradford on Avon Area Board and were due to apply to Trowbridge Area Board. During the discussion, some members raised concerns about the schedule being Bradford on Avon centric and the wider benefit to Melksham over other stations.

 

On the proposal of Cllr Jon Hubbard, seconded by Cllr Phil Alford it was resolved to make the:

 

Decision

To refuse the application from £1,875 by West Wiltshire Radio towards the transition to digital audio broadcasting.

 

Reason

Insufficient evidence was presented to demonstrate the additional benefits to residents in the Area Board’s area. 

 

Meadowbrook Community Interest Company Requesting £1,600 Towards Improvements to their Entrance Track and Car Park Area

 

On the proposal of Cllr Alford, seconded by Cllr Hubbard, it was resolved to make the:

 

Decision

To award Meadowbrook Community Interest Company £1,600 towards improvements to their entrance track and car park area.

 

Reason

The application met Community Area Grant Criteria 2023/24.

 

 

Older and Vulnerable Adults Grants

 

Wiltshire Music Centre Requesting £1,500 Towards Celebrating Age Wiltshire

 

On the proposal of Cllr Hubbard, seconded by Cllr Jack Oatley, it was resolved to make the:

 

Decision

To award Wiltshire Music Centre £1,500 towards Celebrating Age Wiltshire.

 

Reason

The application met Older and Vulnerable Adult Grant funding criteria for 2023/24.

 

 

Youth Grants

 

Cllr Hubbard and Cllr Oatley did not participate in the debate, or vote on, the applications from 4Youth South West.

 

4Youth South West Requesting £5,000 Towards Remote Village Street-Based Youth Work

 

On the proposal of the Chairman, seconded by Cllr Alford, it was resolved to make the:

 

Decision

To award 4Youth South West requesting £5,000 towards remote village street-based youth work.

 

Reason

The application met Youth Grant criteria for 2023/24.

 

 

4Youth South West Requesting £5,000 Towards Detached Youth Work Melksham

 

On the proposal of the Vice-Chairman, seconded by Cllr Alford, it was resolved to make the:

 

Decision

To award 4Youth South West requesting £5,000 towards detached youth work in Melksham

 

Reason

The application met Youth Grant criteria for 2023/24.

 

20:45

40.

Urgent items

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

 

Future meeting dates were confirmed as:

 

7:00pm – 9:00pm

 

·       Wednesday 6 September 2023

·       Wednesday 6 March 2024

·       Wednesday 22 May 2024

 

It was noted that the next meeting on 6 December 2023 would be a special meeting about All Things Roads.