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Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Laverton Hall, Westbury BA13 3EN

Contact: Stuart Figini  (Democratic Services Officer)

Items
Note No. Item

7:00pm

1.

Chairman's Welcome and Introductions

Minutes:

Cllr Gordon King, Vice Chair in the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting of the Westbury Area Board.

 

2.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr David Jenkins – Chairman.

 

3.

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2018.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Decision

The minutes of the meeting held on 13th December 2018, were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

4.

Declarations of Interest

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

 

Minutes:

Cllr King declared an interest in agenda item 10 – Community Area Grants, as a member of the Westbury Community Project, who had a grant application being considered by the Area Board. Cllr King remained in the meeting spoke and voted on the matter.

 

7:05pm

5.

Chairman's Announcements

The Chairman will make the following announcements:

 

·       Polling District and Polling Place Review

·       Special Schools

·       Children’s Centres

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman drew attention to the following written announcements included in the agenda pack:

 

·       Polling District and Polling Place Review

·       Special Schools

·       Children’s Centres – The Area Board also heard from Cllr Sheila Kimmins, Westbury Town Council, who asked Wiltshire Council to take into account the needs of the most vulnerable in the community during discussions about the proposals to build on the successful community model for Children’s centres Services.  

·       Electoral Review

 

 

7:15pm

6.

National Armed Forces Day 2019

To receive an update from the Community Engagement Manager on the funding issues raised at the last meeting of the Area Board, as detailed below

 

Resolved:    

 

1.    That the National Armed Forces Day 2019 be supported in principle, subject to the funding issues being considered at a later date.

2.    That the Community Engagement Manager be asked to investigate the funding contribution from Westbury Area Board, with the aim that it reflects the funding formula contribution received each financial year.

 

Minutes:

The Area Board received an update from the Community Engagement Manager (CEM) about funding issues associated with the National Armed Forces Day 2019.

 

Members were reminded that at their last meeting on 13th December 2018, they had resolved the following:

 

Resolved:         

 

1.    That the National Armed Forces Day 2019 be supported in principle, subject to the funding issues being considered at a later date.

 

2.    That the Community Engagement Manager be asked to investigate the funding contribution from Westbury Area Board, with the aim that it reflects the funding formula contribution received each financial year.

 

The CEM reported that, following a request for each Area Board to contribute £1,500 toward the event and based on Westbury’s grant allocation funding formula, the Area Boards revised contribution would amount to £1,120.50.

 

Resolved: That Westbury Area Board make a contribution of £1,120.50 towards the National Armed Forces Day, based on their grant allocation funding formula.

 

7:30pm

7.

Older Peoples Day - Update

To receive an update on the Older Peoples Day held on 21st January 2019.

Minutes:

The Area Board received an update report from Sandie Lewis, Older Peoples Champion, about the Older Peoples Day event that was held on 21st January 2019, at the Laverton Hall, Westbury.

 

The Area Board noted that the event was funded from unspent Westbury Health and Wellbeing Group funding during 2017/18, and allocated under delegated powers by the Community Engagement Manager to the Older People’s Champion, in order to fund the event and to produce a local directory of services.

 

The report indicated that 60 older people attended the event, which included a lunch and stands from Westbury Shed, the Fire and Rescue Service, Age UK Wiltshire, the Bobby Van, Alzheimers Support and Public Health, were in attendance to offer advice and information. In addition, a Wellness Therapist offeredhand massage and music was provided by Wiltshire Music Centre. The Older Peoples event proved to be was very successful and feedback received was positive.

 

The report also identified future action to be taken by the Older People’s Champion, including the launch of an information brochure, ‘The Pub is the Hub’ project, voluntary efforts to combat loneliness and social isolation in the community, and liaison with older people in Dilton Marsh and Hawkeridge.

 

The Area Board thanked the Older People’s Champion for facilitating an excellent event.

7:45pm

8.

Partner and Community Updates

To receive any updates from partners including:

 

·       Wiltshire Police

·       Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service - video

·       Westbury LYN

·       BA13+ Community Area Partnership

·       Healthwatch Wiltshire

·       NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group

·       Town and Parish Councils

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Area Board received and noted the following updates from key partners:

 

(a)  Wiltshire Police     Sgt Neil Duffin presented his report which referred to (i) a reduction in violent crime, in particular knife crime in Wiltshire since September 2017, (ii) staffing update; (iii) crime exceptions data for Westbury; (iv) community policing priorities in the Westbury area; and (v) community speedwatch. Sgt Duffin responded to a number of issues raised at the meeting including, vehicle crimes at beauty spots and drug activity in the Westbury area.

 

(b)  Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service  The written report was received and noted.  The Area Board also viewed a video about the work undertaken by the Fire and Rescue Service.

 

(c)  Westbury LYN       The written report was received and noted. The Area Board were reminded that the Local Youth Network had allocated its budget for the current year, and therefore, there were no requests for funding.

 

(d)  BA13+ Community Area Partnership The written report was received and noted. 

 

Carole King (Chairman of the BA13+ Community Area Partnership) presented the report and commented on a scheme called Baby Bundles that offered support to families in financial need and have a young baby or are expecting a baby. It was noted that a local church had offered to store the clothing and other equipment for the scheme.

 

(e)  Healthwatch Wiltshire           The written report was received and noted.  The Chairman highlighted an opportunity for the public to make comments to Healthwatch Wiltshire, about their experience of health and social care services in Wiltshire.

 

(f)    Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)           The written report was received and noted. The Chairman highlighted (i) a new non-emergency patient transport service across the area to be provided by E-zec Medical Transport Services and, (ii) the appointment of Julian Kirby as a Lay Member on the CCG Governing Body.

 

(g)  Town and Parish Councils   There were no updates from Town and Parish Councils.

 

 

8:00pm

9.

New Communities Structure

To receive an update from the Community Engagement Manager about the new Communities structure and how this will operate in the future.

 

Minutes:

The Area Board received an update from Liam Cripps, Community Engagement Manager (CEM) about recent changes to the Communities Team structure and how it would operate in the future.

 

The CEM reported that each community area had historically been serviced by one CEM.  This was no longer sustainable and the structure had been revised to reflect this, with a reduction in the number of CEMS from 18 to 12.5 and the Youth Facilitator role removed. The Area Board noted that its current CEM had be reallocated to the Trowbridge Area, and that the Westbury Area would now be serviced by Graeme Morrison.

 

Liam Cripps thanked the Area Board members for the opportunity to work alongside them to facilitate closer working relationships between community groups and the Council. 

 

8:15pm

10.

Community Area Grants

To consider applications for funding from the Community Area Grants Scheme, and receive an update from the Community Engagement Manager on the latest position on the funding available in the Grant Fund.

 

The Area Board will also receive an update from Clive Short about the grant funding recently received for Dilton Marsh Memorial Hall.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Area Board considered two applications for Community Area Grants Scheme funding as detailed in the agenda packs.  The applicants gave a brief statement about the reasons for the grant request.

 

The Area Board also received feedback from Clive Short following the receipt of Area Board grant funding, as a previous meeting, for a storage space at Dilton Marsh Memorial Hall.

 

The Community Engagement Manager provided an update about the grant budget and funds available to be allocated. He explained that there was an underspend of £6,929.92 available to allocate towards capital projects, and commented that applications were actively encouraged from the community that were in line with JSA local priorities.

 

Resolved:

 

1.             That the following grant applications be agreed:

 

a.    Heywood Parish Council - £288 towards a replacement noticeboard at Ham Post Office Stores

 

b.    Westbury Community Project - £10,000 to address significant local disadvantage in Westbury, particularly in the Oldfield Park Area, to provide a community space for residents to meet and participate in activities and make use of the facilities on offer.

 

2.             That grant applications be encouraged from community groups, in line with JSA local priorities, to be approved under delegated powers and reported back to the next Area Board meeting.

8:40pm

11.

Community Area Transport Group

To consider any recommendations arising from the CATG meeting held on 8th February 2019.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Area Board received the notes of the Westbury Community Area Transport Group (CATG) meeting held on 8th February 2019.

 

Resolved:   

i)               Notes the discussions and updates outlined in the minutes of 8th February 2019.

ii)             Approves the following:

a.    An allocation of £5566 towards works on the B3098 Bratton Road – Issue no. 6667

 

iii)           To remove the following issues from the system as they are now complete:

a.    issue no. 5088 – Bitham Mill – Signing

b.    Penwood Close, Westbury

c.    Issue 6328 – A350 Roundabout – The Mead/Bitham Park

d.    Issue no. 6199 – A3098 Leigh Park Way – waiting restrictions

e.    Issue nos. 6500, 6504 and 6505 – Speeding – The Mead

 

iv)           To note the following updates:

a.    Issue no. 5674 – Coulston 20mph request

b.    Issue no. 5874 – Footway/path conditions, Westbury

c.    Issue no. 6502 – The Mead – footway

d.    Leighton Green – Parking restrictions

e.    Pedestrian signing and crossing – White Horse Health Centre, Mane Way

f.      Issue 6888 - Bratton Primary School, Bratton – Item referred to Taking Action on School Journeys

8:50pm

12.

Urgent items

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

Minutes:

Liam Cripps – Community Engagement Manager - Westbury

 

The Chairman reported that following the review of the Communities Team structure, Liam Cripps, Community Engagement Manager for Westbury, had been re-allocated to the Trowbridge area from 1st April 2019, and this would be his last meeting as the Westbury Area Board Community Engagement Manager.

 

The Chairman, on behalf of the Area Board, thanked Liam for the excellent support and advice provided to the Area Board and the Westbury community over the years. He commented on the positive impact and contribution to the Westbury Community, which local people had indicated was outstanding. 

 

The Area Board wish Liam a fond farewell and wished him well for his future appointment as Trowbridge Community Engagement Manager.

13.

Future Meeting Dates, Forward Plan, Evaluation and Close

With The next meeting of the Westbury Area Board will take place on:

 

Thursday 4th April 2019 at The Laverton Hall, Westbury BA13 3EN

 

Future Meeting Dates

 

Thursday 6th June 2019 at The Laverton Hall, Westbury BA13 3EN

Thursday 25th July 2019 at The Laverton Hall, Westbury BA13 3EN

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Westbury Area Board will be held on:

 

Thursday 4th April 2019 at The Laverton Hall, Westbury BA13 3EN

 

 

Future Meeting Dates:

 

Thursday 6th June 2019 at The Laverton Hall, Westbury BA13 3EN

Thursday 25th July 2019 at The Laverton Hall, Westbury BA13 3EN

 

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