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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Antrobus House, 39 Salisbury Road, Amesbury, SP4 7HH

Contact: Jessica Croman  Democratic Services Officer

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Welcome and Introductions


Councillor Rob Yuill acted up as Chairman for the meeting.


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting of the Amesbury Area Board and thanked Antrobus House for hosting the meeting.


At the Chairman’s invitation, the Councillors introduced themselves.



Apologies for Absence


There we no apologies.




To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2017

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The minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2017 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Declarations of Interest

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


There were no declarations of interest.



Chairman's Announcements

The Chairman will introduce the announcements and invite any questions.

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The Chairman referred to the announcements included in the agenda pack.


Updates from Partners and Town/Parish Councils

To receive updates from the Town and Parish Council Representatives, and from other partner organisations, including outside bodies on which the Area Board is represented.


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The Chairman referred to the updates set out in the agenda and invited further updates from Town/Parish Councils and other Partners, including outside bodies.  It was noted that the preferred option was for written updates, to minimise time spent during the meeting.


Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service


There had been a recruitment drive for on-call staff which had resulted in 6 applications for the Amesbury area. It was hoped they would have an active role within 6 months following the recruitment process.


The service was looking for help from partner groups to help locate vulnerable people and ensure their homes were safe and to ensure they had up to date safety information.



Farleys Malone/ Older Peoples Champion – Jan Tidd


An update was given on activities throughout 2017. It was noted that 48 lunches had been arranged throughout the year with nearly 1000 in attendance. Other activities included a summer garden party, afternoon teas, Christmas meals, produced hampers and Christmas presents.  


Health & Wellbeing Group


Cllr Wright thanked Jan Tidd and her team for all of their work throughout 2017 and the board looked forward to events in 2018.


An update was given on the Christmas event held at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. 60 people were in attendance and enjoyed mulled wine, mince pies and music. It was noted that all had a fantastic time and the Centre was positive in doing more events with the H&WG.


Stonehenge Visitors Centre was also working towards becoming a dementia friendly centre and all the staff would be trained by March 2018.


Local Youth Network Update and Youth Activities Grant Applications

i.              Updates

ii.            Grants

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Councillor Darren Henry gave an update on the recent Youth Joint Strategic Assessment event held at Avonvalley College. 100 students, 50 from the Stonehenge School and 50 from Avonvalley College, were in attendance. A number of important issues were identified and discussed by the youths and a in-depth report would be bought to the next Area Board meeting.


The grants applications were presented and it was;




To award God Unlimited £2500 toward GUL young peoples bursaries 2018.


A303 Highways England

To inform the area board of the forthcoming statutory consultation events being held across the community area


The Chairman welcomed Terri Harrington (Sponsorship Director), Ester Gordon-Smith (A303 Stonehenge Benefits and Legacy Lead) and Holly Taylor (A303 Communications and Engagement Manager) from Highways England, who gave a presentation on the A303 Benefits and Legacy.


The main points of the presentation were:


·        Announcement was made in September 2017 that a tunnel would be built.

·        A time scale was provided showing that work on the site would not begin until 2021 due to the Planning act and DCO timescales 

·        A consultation would be taking place from early February until early April. Public events would take place and would be advertised nationally and locally via press and social media

·        Benefit and legacy projects could take place within a number of areas such as the economy, heritage, environment, community and transport

·        The next steps would involve input from the public on the consultation, establishing governance groups, creating a community forum and looking at ideas suggested through the consultation.


Comments and questions from the public focused on; the late notification of the consultation start date; and the need to solve infrastructure issues linked to the A303 as part of the project due to the A303 having wider impacts on the surrounding communities


Boscombe - Army Rebasing

To receive an update


The Chairman read a statement provided by the Economic Development Team at Wiltshire Council with the min points focusing on: the importance of Boscombe down as a defence aerospace location; a Centre of Excellence in Defence Aerospace and security technologies would deliver growth and prosperity by creating jobs and attracting new businesses; the project would provide training and education facilities in which the local people would be able to benefit from and that a masterplan is currently being developed and the community and stakeholders would have a chance to participate in the consultation later in the year.


John Leary, Project Director – Lovell, introduced himself and gave an overview the current progress of the project. It was noted that work at Bulford had been progressing well; work at Durrington and Ludgershall was taking place but were more complex projects compared to Bulford.


Traffic and archaeology work had taken place at the Packway which finished just before Christmas. The traffic work would need to be revisited in the spring.


Comments and questions from the public focused on: communication/ consultation with town and parish councils before any work was carried out.


Clean up Wilts supporting the Great British Spring Clean

To receive a presentation


Dave Roberts, Community Engagement Manager, gave a presentation on the Clean up Wilts project. It was noted that the Great British Spring Clean event held in 2017was a great success with over 18.15 tonnes of rubbish collected in Wiltshire. The event would take place again this year from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March 2018. For more information and how to get involve please visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/cleanupwilts


Community Area Grants

To determine the applications for Community Area Grant funding.


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Councillor Westmoreland introduced the grants and it was;




Winterbourne PC was awarded £5000 towards QEII field Winterbourne play equipment..


God Unlimited was awarded £5000 towards the purchase of a multi-purpose mobile outdoor classroom.


Durrington Football Club was awarded £4454 towards the Durrington FC community football goal scheme.


Shrewton Recreational Ground Management Committee  was awarded £5000towards the Shrewton children’s play park.


The Barcroft Medical Practice was awarded £1000 towards older people digitalisation.


Wylye Village Hall was awarded £5000 towards new village hall toilets.


Urgent items

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


Councillor Darren Henry gave an quick update on the Amesbury Volunteer Awards ceremony with took place earlier that evening. Volunteers in the Amesbury area were awarded for their contribution to the community and It was a very successful event which everyone enjoyed.


Gratitude was given to the caterers and all those involved with making the event a success.


Future Meeting Dates, Evaluation and Close

The next meeting of the Amesbury Area Board will be held on 22 March 2018 at Berwick Guide Centre, Stapleford Road, Berwick St James, Salisbury SP3 4TS


It was noted that the next meeting of the Amesbury Area Board would be held on 22 March 2018 at the Berwick St James Guide Centre.


The Flood Working Group would take place at the Dinton Village Hall on the 10 February 2018.


The next CATG meeting would take place at the Redworth Centre at 10am on the 5 March 2018.


The Chairman thanked everyone for attending.





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