Agenda and minutes

Bradford on Avon Area Board - Tuesday 26 November 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: St Margaret's Hall, St Margaret's Street, Bradford on Avon

Contact: Kevin Fielding 

No. Item


Chairman's Welcome, Introduction and Announcements

Chairman’s Announcements


·         New fly-tipping campaign: We’re Targeting Fly-tippers


·         British Telecom Proposed Payphones Removal Consultation


·         Community Governance Review


·         Wiltshire Green Pledge

Supporting documents:


The Chairman welcomed everybody to St Laurence School


The Area Board members were introduced.


The following Chairman’s announcements contained in the agenda pack were noted:


·         New fly-tipping campaign: We’re Targeting Fly-tippers

·         British Telecom Proposed Payphones Removal Consultation

·         Community Governance Review

·         Wiltshire Green Pledge


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Ros Griffiths – Community Engagement Manager.



To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 19 June 2019.




Supporting documents:




·         The Minutes of the Area Board meeting held on Wednesday

19 June 2019 were signed as the correct record.



Declarations of Interest

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



There were none.


Wiltshire Mighty Girls

Marsha Mars



Marsha Mars gave a short presentation on the work of the Wiltshire Mighty Girls, a group which sought to empower and inspire girls by sharing and celebrating positive female role models from literature, film, the arts and media and business through the provision of after school clubs holiday/weekend workshops. Increasing their well-being, general health and self-esteem.


Points made included:


·         That the group had made a positive impact on 500 local girls & young women by the end of 2019 through providing positive role models and age appropriate activities.


·         To increase well being, self-confidence and sense of community amongst girls and young women, with all activities being co-constructed with young people.


·         To develop social skills and work experiences for young people to positively impact the community at large. 


·         To promoting healthy emotional, physical and mental well-being in young women.


The Chairman thanked Marsha Mars for her presentation.


Wiltshire Police Update


Inspector Dan Green presented the Wiltshire Police update.


Wiltshire Health & Wellbeing


Kate Blackburn – Consultant in Public Health, Wiltshire Council


Kate Blackburn - Public Health Consultant, Wiltshire Council gave a short presentation that outlined the health and wellbeing of the Bradford on Avon community area.


Points made included:


·         That in recent years there had been dramatic improvements in life expectancy with people across the UK enjoying longer lives. 


·         Between 2014 and 2023 it was expected that the number of people in Wiltshire aged over 65 would increase by around a quarter and the number over 85 would increase by a third.


·         That a more elderly population typically had more complex health and care needs, e.g. the number of people with dementia in Wiltshire was predicted to double by 2030. 


·         That more people were choosing or needing to delay retirement and consequently greater numbers of older people were working or caring for an elderly relative or providing childcare support to the next generation.


·         At least 1 in 4 people would experience a mental health problem at some point in their life.


·         1 in 6 adults had a mental health problem at any one time.


·         Almost half of adults would experience at least one episode of depression during their lifetime.


·         Mental ill health represented up to 23% of ill health in the UK and is the largest single cause of disability.


·         People with severe mental illnesses die on average 20 years earlier than the general population.


·         The NHS spends around 11% of its budget on mental health. This was almost double the amount spent on cancer.


The Chairman thanked Kate Blackburn for presentation.



Bradford On Avon Health Centre

Amanda Brookes Locality Manager and Dr Janice Patrick


Amanda Brookes Locality Manager and Dr Janice Patrick gave a presentation highlighting the perceived level of service received by local residents attending the Bradford on Avon Health Centre and challenges facing the practice.


Points made included:


·         That the practice valued the support of its patients in helping it to give the best possible care.


·         That the practice welcomed feedback and would continue to strive to make improvements.


·         That the practice had an active Patient Participation Group (PPG) which welcomed new members.


·         That the practice was setting up a virtual PPG to develop a wider patient feedback base.



Issues around the surgery telephony system


·         Both patients and staff were disappointed with our phone system.


·         Since upgrading the practice had spend more time sorting out issues with it and apologising to complaining patients, than any other part of the service.


·         That mornings were the busiest.


·         That patients perceived that the telephone triage system was also to blame.


The Chairman thanked Amanda Brookes and Dr Janice Patrick for their frank and honest presentation.



Traveller Inequality Project

Alice Young Julian House and Cllr Jim Lynch


Alice Young - Julian House – Travelling Community Support Service and Jessie – local boating community gave a short presentation that highlighted the plight of many of the local boating community and their experiences living and working on the local canal network.


Points made included:


·         The good work being carried by the Floaty Boat Fund.


·         Good partnership working with Wiltshire Police and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.


·         That beneficial boating workshops were now being delivered, covering such topics as boat safety and general boat maintenance.


The Chairman thanked Alice Young and Jessie for their presentation.


Air Quality, Update on Wiltshire Air Quality Management Strategy and discussion on local AQM action plan

Cllr Johnny Kidney & Cllr Sarah Gibson


Cllr Johnny Kidney advised that Area Board members had recently met with Streets Ahead to discuss the Wiltshire Air Quality Management Strategy and the local AQM action plan.


It was agreed that this topic would be brought to a future Area Board meeting for further discussion.


Health and Wellbeing Group

Updates on local projects including Carers Café and Dementia Action Alliance



Dementia Action Alliance


·         That the Bradford on Avon Men’s Shed now had 13 members.


·         That the Bradford on Avon Men’s Shed had now found a home at Braford on Avon fc.


·         That Dementia Action Alliance was currently working on the “Make someone welcome” project.



Living Well Project


·         That the Living Well Project was funded by Age UK.


·         The project was abased at the St Margaret’s Surgery.


·         The project helped people to access services across Wiltshire.



Carers Café


·         That there were around 2,000 carers across the Bradford on Avon community area.


·         That the Café was funded by Bradford on Avon Town Council.


·         The Café was situated at the Swan Hotel.


·         That the group was looking to launch a Cares support group during 2020.


The Chairman everybody for their updates.


Partner Updates

·         Wiltshire Police

·         Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

·         NHS Wiltshire

·         HealthWatch Wiltshire

·         Town Council

·         Parish Councils

·         Local Youth Network & Youth affairs


Supporting documents:


The following partner updates contained in the agenda pack were noted:


·         Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue


·         NHS Wiltshire


·         HealthWatch Wiltshire


·         Bradford on Avon Town Council



Community Grants

To determine any applications for Community Area Grants.

Grant application packs for the Community Area Grants Scheme

are available from the Community Area Manager or electronically at:




Supporting documents:


Applications for funding



Bradford on Avon Bowls Club awarded £1,500 towards specialist mover for bowling green maintenance


Funding previously approved Sept 2019 – agreed


·         Holt Cemetery Bench £500

·         Wiltshire Mighty Girls £3,500



 Westwood Pocket Parks funding application – That the Bradford on  Avon Area Board agreed to support this application



Working Group updates

Supporting documents:


The CATG notes dated 11 November 2019 were agreed.


Date of Next Meeting

·         Wednesday 29 January 2020 – venue to be confirmed


Wednesday 29 January 2020 venue to be confirmed.