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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Melksham United Church

Contact: Kevin Fielding  (Democratic Services Officer)

No. Item


Chairman's Welcome, Introduction and Announcements

Chairman’s Announcements:


·         Annual Electoral Canvass


Supporting documents:


The Chairman welcomed everybody to the Melksham United Church for the  meeting of the Melksham Area Board.


The following Chairman’s Announcement contained in the agenda pack was noted:


·         Annual Electoral Canvass


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Inspector James Williams – Wiltshire Police



Supporting documents:



·         The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 6 June 2018 was confirmed as the correct record



Declarations of Interest

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



Cllr Jon Hubbard – Young Melksham grant funding application (Chairman of Young Melksham – will not vote on this application)


Melksham Community Campus

Wiltshire Council, Deputy Leader John Thomson to provide an update on the Melksham Community Campus. Community Campus.

Supporting documents:


John Thomson - Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities, Campuses, Area Boards and Broadband gave the Campus update.


Points made included:


The Budget


      That £15.2m had been allocated for the new centre.


      That this budget included £150k funding support for indoor bowls future facility, MUGA and four new tennis courts.


      Working with the design team and QS to refine and finalise detail and specifications.


      That the project had to be delivered on budget.



New centre facilities


      Atrium and café

      6 Lane 25-meter pool with accompanying learner pool

      Wet and accessible change

      6 Court Sports Hall

      Dry change facilities

      Fitness suite – 75 stations

      Fitness studio


      Office accommodation (third party)

      Small meeting room

      Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

      4 x tennis courts

      GP Surgery – stand alone

      Investment in Outdoor Bowls



Community campus delivery timeframe


      Planning application submission and public consultation – end of 2018


      Finalise site layout and centre design


      Procure contractor and appoint


      Development work starts - autumn 2019


      Completion of centre - end 2020


      New centre opening - early 2021






Canberra Update


      The Canberra site was declared surplus as part of the campus programme.


      Much of the land is held in trust. Our obligations under the trust mean that it is not viable to sell all of the site.


      The Youth Centre – This will not be sold. We are working with Young Melksham to extend their lease.


      The Children’s Centre – The Children's Centre will continue with their current lease.


      Options for the land outside the trust will be considered, including a declaration to give permission to dispose of surplus land.



Christie Miller Sports Centre – update


      That the centre had been operated by Places for People on behalf of the council.


      That Wiltshire Council had always stated that there would be no further investment in this building.


      Any cost would be met from new campus budget.


      That the building had been kept functioning for as long as possible.


      Recent 5 year fixed wire testing highlighted had raised concerns, risks and urgent need for work.


      The cost of work required was prohibitive – with the need to address asbestos and water ingress in roof.


      That Wiltshire Council had to ensure staff and user safety and provide best value for the taxpayer.



Christie Miller Sports Centre – Options


      The cost of the works required to complete investigations and rectify all outstanding issues - £1m.


      That the re-provision of facilities was given due consideration.


      That the cost of re-providing Studio and Fitness Suite- £300,000. This would not have included any other provision.


      The above options would have had to be funded from the campus budget. If this money had been spent the campus would no longer be viable.


Christie Miller Sports Centre – closure process


•  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37.


Community Connections project update - Carer Support project

Lizzie Rapley from Carers Support Wiltshire to introduce the local project that will tackle social isolation and loneliness



Lizzie Rapley from Carers Support Wiltshire gave a short presentation that outlined Carers Support Wiltshire’s local project that aimed to tackle social isolation and loneliness.


Points made included:


·         That Carers Support Wiltshire were planning to deliver postcards to over 16,000 homes in the Melksham community area this autumn.


·         The aim was to reach lonely and isolated people, regardless of circumstance, and connect them with appropriate social groups and support services.


·         Carer Support Wiltshire (CSW) was a local charity that supported unpaid carers.


·         There were over 47,000 carers in Wiltshire.


·         Carers were 37% more likely to report feelings of loneliness.


·         75% of people who were regularly lonely did not know where to find support.


·         That anew approach was required to reach those most affected by loneliness.


The Chairman thanked Lizzie Rapley for her presentation


Melksham Community Area Family Learning Festival 2018

Introduction to the 2018 family learning festival programme for Melksham, Rhys Schell - Melksham Community Engagement Manager



Rhys Schell - Melksham Community Engagement Manage gave a brief overview of the 2018 family learning festival programme for Melksham.


Points made included:


·         That the event would be held during October and November 2018.


·         That funding from Tesco had been secured.


·         That information leaflets were being distributed to all local schools.


The Chairman thanked Rhys Schell for his update


Melksham Young Persons project outline

The Melksham Area Board will outline their views on how the 2018/19 allocation of funding for young people will be spent

Supporting documents:


Cllr Phil Alford outlined how the 2018/19 allocation of funding for young people would be spent.


Points made included:


·         That the Melksham Area Board was devolved funding from Wiltshire Council each financial year to support the delivery of positive activities for young people aged between 13 – 19 years.


·         Typically this funding had been used to support existing local provision offered by local organisations. 


·         That the Area board were looking to commission an organisation to deliver an intervention and support project that looks to work with some of the most vulnerable young people within our community area.




·         That the Area Board approved the project proposal and allowed the Community Engagement Manager to move to the procurement stage


·         That the Area Board ringfenced a maximum of £10,000 of youth funding for this project


The Chairman thanked Cllr Alford for his presentation


Area Board sub groups


Melksham Wellbeing Group Cllr Aves


  • To include any Wellbeing grants



Community Area Transport Group Cllr While


·         To include recommendations to the Area Board



Supporting documents:


Melksham Wellbeing Group – Cllr Aves


To include any Wellbeing grants



Wiltshire and Service Users Network – The Singing Group, Neurological Choir in Seend awarded £1,980



Age UK Wiltshire – Fitness and Friendship Club in Bowerhill awarded £1,000



Community Area Transport Group – Cllr While


To include recommendations to the Area Board


·         That the following issues are closed: 4789, 5132, 5256, 5326, 5327, 5328, 5284, 6089, 5682, 6236


·         That issue 6166 be moved to the Priority List and that £80.00 be allocated for this work



Coronation Road area 20mph request

The implementation of a 20mph speed limit reduction was considered by the CATG in June 2018. The following roads were assessed as part of the 20mph assessment:


Coronation Road,Martigny Road, Milton Avenue, Sangster Avenue, Pembroke Road, Somerset Crescent, Williams Close, Rowley Place,

Thackery Crescent, Byron Close and Ruskin Avenue


The implementation had a guide cost of £13,000.00 - £15,000.00. Melksham Town Council had agreed a £5,000 contribution. The CATG were yet to confirm their allocation of funding for this project. The Area Board were asked to consider a £5,000 contribution from the Community Area Grants funding




·         That the Area Board agreed a £5,000 contribution from the Community Area Grants funding





Written Partner Updates

To receive any written updates from the following partners:


·         Community Area Partnership

·         Wiltshire Police

·         Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner

·         Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

·         NHS Wiltshire/Clinical Commissioning Group

·         Healthwatch Wiltshire

·         Melksham Town Council

·         Parish Council Nominated Representatives

·         The Chamber

·         Melksham Senior People’s Forum

·         Older Persons Champion

·         Young Melksham

·         Trans Wilts Cic

Supporting documents:


The following written partner updates were noted:


·         Wiltshire Police


  • Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service


·         Wiltshire CCG


·         Healthwatch Wiltshire


·         Melksham Community Area Partnership


·         TransWilts CIC


·         Melksham Seniors Forum


The Chairman thanked all partners for their updates



Grant Funding

The Area Board members are asked to consider applications to theCommunity Area and Youth Grants scheme. Full details of all grant applications are contained in the agenda pack

Supporting documents:


The Area Board members are asked to consider five applications to the Community Area Grants scheme and two Youth Funding Applications:


Community Area Grant applications



Semington Village Hall Management Committee awarded £2,500 for Semington Village Hall - Doors and Windows Replacement




TransWilts CIC awarded £5,000 for Melksham Station Community Building subject to other funding streams being awarded



Broughton Gifford Safer Access Group awarded £500 for New Seats Broughton Gifford Play Area Cemetery




Bulkington Parish Council awarded £928 for Defibrillator




Melksham Town Council awarded £1,500 for Benches


Youth Funding Applications



Young Melksham awarded £5,000 for Young Melksham - No Limits Club


Note: Cllr Seed in the Chair for this application. Cllr Hubbard did not vote



Melksham Rugby Football Club awarded £511.60 for Melksham RFC Girls Rugby equipment



Public questions

Members of the public are invited to ask questions relating to Area

Board business


There were no public questions






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