Melksham Community Area Action Plan FFFFFFFFFF February 2012 Melksham Community Area Action Plan February 2012 for Atworth, Broughton Gifford, Bulkington, Great Hinton, Keevil, Melksham, Melksham Without, Poulshot, Seend, Semington and Steeple Ashton This is the summary of the February 2012 version of the Melksham Community Area Action Plan. It is compiled by the Melksham Community Area Partnership from consultation and research in the Melksham area, as well as meetings with relevant groups and individuals to identify priorities. A major event in November 2011 (Melksham Forward) identified the top priorities for action, which are outlined here, divided by theme. The full version of the plan, with background information and evidence, is on our website. The purpose of this plan is to help groups, service providers, the Melksham Area Board and Wiltshire Council to tailor their services more specifically to Melksham area needs, as well as provide a guide for community groups and individuals who want to contribute to the community. As well as statutory bodies, volunteers can take on projects where possible, and our theme groups which look at specific issues are open to anyone in the community. Our Community Area is one that already benefits from a diverse range of volunteer and community investment, which can be further supported by the priorities outlined in this plan. MCAP will support any initiatives in line with the priorities in the plan. This is a living, working document and we will update it regularly as projects progress and new priorities are identified. To get involved with any of the projects, or to comment or add to the plan, please get in touch with the Melksham Community Area Partnership coordinator on the details below. Miriam Zaccarelli, email@example.com 07865 065925, Melksham Town Hall, Melksham, SN12 6ES CONTENTS Community Safety Leisure, Culture and Sport Community Development and Inclusion Housing Health and Wellbeing Transport Children and Young People Economy, Education, Jobs and Skills Environment Waterways Background and Thanks 2 3 4 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 Glossary of abbreviations: AB – Area Board CATG – Community Area Transport Group MCAP – Melksham Community Area Partnership MCFG – Melksham Climate Friendly Group MCOC-Melksham Chamber of Commerce MACSG – Melksham Area Community Safety Group MITA – Melksham Independent Traders Association MTC – Melksham Town Council MWPC – Melksham Without Parish Council NPT – Neighbourhood Policing Team PC – Parish Council SCOB – Shadow Campus Operations Board WC – Wiltshire Council Community Safety Details Projects/Actions 1. Address night time disorderly behaviour Antisocial behaviour caused by alcohol. Some underage drinking. Strengthen PubWatch - encourage landlords to join PubWatch, need more support from licensing. Alcohol event to bring together major partners Promote family values - work with youth offending team. MACSG MACSG, NPT MACSG, YOT In progress Use local resolution for low level crimes and ASB Wiltshire Police, NPT In progress Change shifts to increase police presence when needed Wiltshire Police, NPT In progress Provide a safe cycle route avoiding town centre (via campus) Improve cycle routes in new housing development plans MCFG, SCOB Neighbourhood Plan Promote cycling safety in primary schools ES, NPT Signs in town centre re cycling on pavements CATG Provide safe cycle routes from villages into town (Beanacre) WC Promote cycle safety with vouchers for lights, florescent strips Individuals can remind people not to cycle on pavements NPT, Cycle shop MACSG 2. Promote safe cycling Young people cycling on pavements in town centre due to lack of safe route. Police can only fine16+. Other Priorities 3. Stop Dangerous parking 4. Stop Distraction Burglary 5. Stop Anti Social Behaviour 6. Stop Domestic Violence 7. Stop drug abuse 8. Support Neighbourhood Watch 9. Develop good relationship with police 10. Reduce dangerous roads 11. Reduce HGVs through villages 12. Reduce speeding 13. Improve CCTV 14. Support specific families 15. Increase street lighting 16. Address distance from fire and ambulance 17. Support victims of crime Partners/ people Progress Top Priorities In progress In progress In progress Leisure, Culture and Sports Top Priorities 1. Communication: Many activities in Melksham but people are unaware Projects/Actions Melksham Town Guide Video loop in supermarkets about what town can offer Melksham Forward website East of Melksham Development Art Plan Melksham Collection Encourage Cultural/ arts/ industrial heritage trails Encourage more unique Melksham events. 2. Enhance Pride of Melksham area Create community Art Projects Encourage community celebration for the jubilee Increase voluntary base to ensure these activities can take place Details Link to Sainsbury’s town centre map project A website with an online calendar for events, list of all sites, display posters and details of activities, clubs, groups, events. Progress In progress MCOC, MIT Supermarkets MCAP Graham Ellis In progress Encourage community involvement with it Blue Plaque Trail Gingko, WC Well House Manor Melksham Historical Association Melksham Comic Con Celebrate 200 years of the Spa in 2015 – make a conservation area Murals on drab buildings, eg See No Evil, Bristol Melksham Cows, eg Lions of Bath 2010 Get youth and elderly people to work together Support groups in accessing funding from AB Make Bowerhill Sports Field a Jubilee Field Comic Con Cttee Well House Manor, MWPC Requires group Requires group Splash AB, MCAP MWPC Advertise opportunities in Melksham News, working with Wiltshire Volunteer Centre MCAP with Wiltshire Volunteer Centre Other Priorities 3. 4. 5. 6. Partners/ people MTC Improve condition of outdoor sports facilities Increase community use of Melksham Oak facilities Address Loss of Wiltshire College facilities Remove barriers to participation in local sports or community activity for people on low incomes 7. Encourage local talent 8. Increase access to culture/art/literature 9. Protect use of field for rugby at Dunch Lane 10. Ensure sports facilities etc are accessible In progress In progress In progress In Progress Community Development and Inclusion Top Priorities 1. Involve people in local decisions 2. Increase volunteering Projects/Actions Area Board, MCAP consultations Increase voluntary base through advertising opportunities Progress Ongoing Partners Area Board, MCAP MCAP, Wiltshire Volunteer Centre Other Priorities 3. Reach lonely people 4. Ensure inclusion of all 5. Raise community spirit 6. Promote intergenerational work 7. Include and work with villages 8. Provide community spaces 9. Celebrate/educate about diversity 10. Involve churches and faith groups Housing Top Priorities 1. To provide affordable housing for people in Melksham and surrounding villages. (Sustainable tenure) Actions Build new affordable housing Details PCs to talk to Housing Allocation office from WC about options for affordable housing in villages Research need specific to each parish and area of Melksham Ensure best use of existing affordable housing Partners PCs, WC, Housing Associations Requires working group Make downsizing more attractive to people once children have left home Other Priorities 2. Address fuel poverty 3. Protect Greenfield sites from housing 4. Protect historic architectural areas 5. Provide sufficient infrastructure for new homes Requires working group Progress In progress Health and Wellbeing Top Priorities 1. Stop Alcohol Abuse (links with Community Safety) 2. Reduce Childhood Obesity 3. Improve Men's Health 4. Reduce Teen Pregnancy Actions Partners Ensure alcohol issues are covered in PSHE classes ES, Melksham Oak School Raise awareness of alcohol issues, via internet, GPs, empty shops Requires working group Encourage responsible parenting regarding alcohol ES - PSAs Write to MPs regarding role of media and culture of drunkenness. Everyone Close food outlets early to encourage people to go home earlier and therefore drink less. Requires working group Health checks in pubs NHS Wiltshire Promote fun cooking/ nutrition education Requires working group Promote fun active outdoor activities for children ES, MTC, Splash Encourage membership of sports clubs Requires working group Prevent illness through promotion of health and messages men's toilets etc, local newspapers, radio, mature times Requires working group Encourage identification of early signs of symptoms and men going to Doctor Requires working group Pop up tents for sexual health Youth Service, NHS, YAG Support children of teenagers Children’s centre Other Priorities 5. Support families and vulnerable children 6. Improve elderly Health 7. Improve Mental health 8. Ensure access to surgeries 9. Ensure efficient use of NHS 10. Ensure all have access to food/shelter/fuel 11. Reduce childhood poverty 12. Encourage exercise 13. Reduce smoking 14. Improve dental health 15. Protect public toilets in town centre Progress In progress In progress Transport Top Priorities Actions Partners Progress Meet with First & FareSaver with local residents to propose 1. Coordinate First and timetable and route changes to optimize services. Faresaver buses to provide a Survey to be undertaken of local bus users – if it can have an user friendly service impact. 2. Improve train services through Melksham 3. Improve cycle routes through town centre (link to community safety) 4. Encourage walking and cycling (link to health/environment) MCAP, AB MCAP Research into how this affects other towns on the same routes to build a campaign. MCAP Increase frequency of trains stopping at Melksham station. Support Rail Development Group led by Graham Ellis Trans Wilts Rail Everyone Improve land at Melksham Station to develop transport hub and parking for station WC – Cabinet & Area Board Reroute cycle route by river, Sainsbury’s car park and campus to avoid busy town centre Link with canal tow paths Identify cycle path needs across the area Promote walking/cycling by creating route maps with journey times. Provide dog bins where needed – research need Other Priorities 5. Road safety, especially in villages 6. improve parking in town and villages 7. Ensure people know how to request highways issues/changes. 8. Improve bus routes to villages 9. Improve bus information 10. Improve/provide pavements in villages 11. Improve footpaths 12. Reduce road works 13. Link bus and train 14. Reduce traffic congestion in town 15. Reduce HGVs in villages 16. Stop deliveries which block access MCFG, SCOB, MCAP Requires working group MCAP AB, MCAP In progress Children and Young People Top Priorities Actions/ Projects Details 1. Early intervention at preschool/early years to break cycle of deprivation and lack of educational attainment. Support and protect the mental health of young people Set up network of family mentors working with children's centres Addresses all addiction, anti-social behaviour, crime etc for future 2. Provide recreational activities/spaces for young people Enhance King George V Playing Field for sports Raise publicity and promote what is already going on 3. Develop emotional resilience Coordinate after school activities Emotional resilience project in schools Partners/ people Progress ES, Relate Mid Wiltshire ES, Children's Centres Sports clubs - Canoe, Skaters, Cricket etc ES, Splash Ongoing Bath Uni, Schools, ES Other Priorities 4. Maintain and enhance street based youth work 5. Reduce public transport fares for young people 6. Improve rail services to improve access to college/work 7. Publicise what is available for young people to do 8. Help parents with low educational levels 9. Create employment and work experience opportunities for young people (link to Economy) 10. Support employability of young people 11. Engage and give confidence to NEETS 12. Encourage local support of disadvantaged young people 13. Ensure convenient and accessible source of advice 14. Make more use of community buses for young people 15. Provide productive outlets for young people’s energy Economy, Education, Jobs and Skills Top Priorities Actions Marketing campaign for Melksham Find every opportunity to talk up the town Celebrate history of Melksham in schools Requires working group with flowers/clean signs Requires working group Pride of Melksham event Requires working group Melksham market Requires working group Encourage children to participate in community activities Schools In progress Improve visual aspect of town and village centres With flowers, repairs etc MIT, MCOC, TC, PCs Encourage participation in clubs and activities to increase residents' sense of belonging to Melksham area See arts, leisure, culture section Everyone Encourage local people to use town centre Local employment notice board MIT, MCOC To make it more attractive to retailers Compile all local jobs into one board/website Encourage large employers to the area Provide training to match employment need Prevent disability being a barrier to employment Provide CV workshops Progress MIT, MCOC Requires working group Promote events and services unique to Melksham 2. Increase employment Partners Organise 'Love your town day' Town/village entrances need improving 1. Celebrate Melksham area and strengthen identity Details MIT, MCOC Requires working group Requires working group Support ex-military/civil servants Requires working group Requires working group Increase IT skills/ access to internet Learning Curve Learning Curve, Library, WC Encourage work experience Requires working group In progress 3. Create volunteering and work experience opportunities for young people and unemployed Offer incentives for employers to take on interns/work experience/apprenticeships MIT, MCOC Work with economic development to promote internships/work experience/apprenticeships Economic development, WC Set up a Melksham Future Jobs Fund Requires working group Ensure businesses explain requirements for work experience to young people to ensure suitable match. Complaints that young people are not work ready MIT, MCOC Larger employers to work with WC to provide work experience/ apprenticeships WC with large employers Promote volunteering with Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, Volunteer Centre Promote use of Wiltshire Volunteer Centre in Melksham. Volunteer display in library Support young carers All organisations, MCAP Carers Support Wiltshire Provide support for people made redundant Personal training scheme, counselling, volunteering Requires working group Other Priorities 4. Increase local tourism 5. Encourage starting up of small businesses 6. Increase public transport 7. Ensure public money is spent wisely 8. Support local businesses 9. Protect post offices 10. Increase spending in the area 11. Provide disabled access to shops etc 12. Improve parking/access to town 13. Increase adult education 14. Provide IT/internet access to all 15. Increase parenting skills In progress Environment Top Priorities 1. Reduce carbon emissions (Links to transport, young people, health) 2. Protect countryside and wildlife 3. Emphasise sustainability Actions Details Partners Love your Planet day Celebrated annually New cycle route from Hazelwood Rd via campus to avoid town centre. Improve Countywide roundabout for cyclists MCFG Improve cycle routes Improve and encourage use of public transport In progress MCAP Requires working group Encourage careful energy use Map of footpaths – link to other maps Insulation, ‘The Green Deal,’ and Renewable Heat Initiative etc Create renewable energy source for community Develop hydro power at Melksham Wier Waterways/Energy Group Plug in points for electric cars In car parks, leisure centres, link with DECC MCFG, CATG Plant trees and bushes Involve schools, funds from supermarkets Requires working group Support Wiltshire Ramblers Resolve issues with rights of way & gates Requires working group Protect river wildlife & habitat Especially dragonflies, reedbeds etc Improve and link up bridleways Dialogue on Bridleway problem Requires working group Wilts & Berks Canal, Bridleway Association Lobby MP to lower water extraction from river Avon River over-extraction is threat to hydropower and canal Everyone Requires working group Other Priorities 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. In progress MCFG, CATG Resolve First/Faresaver issue Encourage organised walks Progress Protect/ enhance parks and green spaces Prepare for and manage flooding Provide dog walking area where dogs can be off lead Address dog fouling – more dog bins Stop littering Increase recycling Reduce waste Manage noise pollution Encourage growing local food through allotment provision Waterways Top Priorities Actions Details 1. Enhance river Avon Use river to generate electricity through town Tidy up river banks Provide facilities for tourists 2. Promote river for leisure/tourism Enhance riverside walk Promote water sports Promote appreciation of wildlife Waterways Group, Energy Group Especially near bridge - remove trolleys, tree debris etc Picnic tables, Restaurant or bistro on the river, tea shops Extend riverside walk to Lacock, improve lighting, cycle path Fishing, sailing etc Bird watching facilities Other Priorities 3. Maintain and promote Kennet and Avon Canal 4. Support the 'Melksham Link' from Kennet and Avon Canal 5. Support the restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal in general (wildlife corridor, new walking/cycling routes) 6. Clean up streams/ brooks Partners Requires working group Requires working group Requires working group TIC, clubs Requires working group Progress Background Thank You The priorities in this community Action Plan are distilled from various sets of background data, which are available on the MCAP website, www.melksham.communityarea.org.uk. The data was gathered from the following events and documents: We would like to thank all the people and groups who have helped gather the information, as well as the thousands who have filled in surveys and attended meetings and consultation events. We would like to especially thank the following people and groups for their support in 2011, and look forward to working with them in future. Consultation events Date MCAP Innaugural meeting Core Strategy consultation Greener living event Theme dating event Melksham Party in the park 2010 Seend village fete Atworth village fete Melksham organisations fair MCAP AGM Extra comments in campus consultation Melksham food festival Melksham party in the park 2011 CAYPIG - informal discussions Community Plan Priorities Survey Melksham Forward major Community Planning event Nov-09 Jan-10 Mar-10 Jul-10 Jul-10 Aug-10 Jul-10 Oct-10 Nov-10 Mar-11 Jul-11 Jul-11 2010-11 Oct-11 Nov 11 Abbi Gutierrez, Wiltshire Council Andrew Jack, Wiltshire Council Atworth Parish Council Avon Print Bulkington Parish Council Cleeve House, Seend Colin Harrison Design C S Properties David Stacey Effie Gale-Sides Graham Ellis Henry and Colleen Russell Keevil Parish Council Laura Pictor, WfCAP Lee Emergy Mavis King Melksham 1st Melksham Area Board Melksham Assembly Hall Melksham Chamber of Commerce Melksham Climate Friendly Group Melksham Community Radio Melksham Independent News Melksham Independent Traders Melksham Oak School Melksham Police Melksham Shadow Campus Board Melksham Tourist Information Centre Melksham Town Council Melksham Without Parish Council Poulshout Parish Council Relate Mid Wiltshire Seend Parish Council Semington Parish Council Sound Marketing Steeple Ashton Parish Council Tim Jalland Wiltshire Times Other sources of research Atworth Parish Plan, 2010 Keevil Village Design Statement, 2007 Melksham Independent News, 2009 - 11 Wiltshire Times, 2010 - 11 WC Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2010 WC Joint Strategic Assessment 2011 Area Board Issues sheets, 2009 - 11 Melksham online discussion forums, 2011 This document was produced by Miriam Zaccarelli, with support of the Melksham Community Area Partnership Steering Group. 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