The Melksham Area Board took place at the Assembly Hall on Wednesday (7 February) evening with approximately 65 people in attendance and over £29,000 awarded to local community clubs, groups and organisations.
Wiltshire Council Deputy Leader, Cllr John Thomson updated that the project team for the Melksham Community Campus has been appointed and the original architect re-engaged. The final site plan and scheme will now be progressed to detailed design and planning stage. The intention is still to submit revised planning proposals this summer.
Given the cost to maintain the Christie Miller centre and the risks associated to ensure that it is fit for purpose for public use, it is possible that the centre will close ahead of the new provision being in place. Possible re-provision of some facilities is being looked at and more detail will be available in due course.
Peter Baker from NVB Landscapes led an early consultation session on the proposed improvements at King George V Park. Attendees were asked what important considerations need to be taken into account when deciding on any changes to the park and the one thing they’d love to see introduced. The responses were collected by the architect and will help inform the further consultation events which will be taking place in March and April 2018.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Head of Operations Kevin Reed displayed the incredible progress made at the new airbase at Outmarsh Farm, Semington. It’s expected that the building will be operational by June 2018.
The Melksham Area Board were delighted to award a number of community grants to worthy clubs, groups and organisations:
- Wiltshire West District Scout Association, awarded £500.00 towards the formation of a new scout group to serve Whitley, Shaw and Atworth.
- Melksham Without Parish Council, awarded £573.00 towards a kissing gate at Shaw Playing Field.
- Melksham Without Parish Council, awarded £4000.00 towards a new footway at Hornchurch Road.
- Young Melksham, awarded £740.00 towards a new pool table and sports equipment.
- Poulshot Village Trust, awarded £940.00 towards a rights of way accessibility project.
- Larkrise Community Farm, awarded £1,500.00 towards a sensory classroom project.
- Broughton Gifford Cricket Club, awarded £2250.00 towards a community mower.
- Melksham Town Council, awarded £4,874.79 towards grounds maintenance equipment.
The Area Board also awarded a number of Youth and Wellbeing grants:
- Carers Support Wiltshire, awarded £2,980 (£630 approved pending the award of the 2018/19 budget) towards a Community Connections project
- Melksham and District Seniors, awarded £2,000 (£630 approved pending the award of the 2018/19 budget) towards Older Persons Health and Wellbeing Programme for age friendly Melksham.
- Melksham Baptist Church, awarded £500 towards meals for the elderly and vulnerable
- Young Melksham, awarded £2,513.00 towards the continuation of the 13 – 18year olds youth club.
- AFC Melksham Disabled, awarded £1,170.00 to support the running costs and for new equipment.
Congratulations to those awarded an Area Board community grant. The next Melksham Area Board meeting is on Wednesday 11th April at the earlier time of 2pm at the Melksham Assembly Hall.