WILTSHIRE COUNCIL UPDATE
–Extra care facility –
Cricklade Community Hub (Campus) –
A419 surface noise –
High speed broadband.
By: Peter Colmer – Wiltshire Councillor,Cricklade, Latton
& Marston Meysey
Extra care facility
As communicated previously the Cricklade Extra Care Working Group has been considering the development of an extra care scheme for older people in Cricklade. Wiltshire Council Officers have been investigating a number of potential sites that were identified at the group’s last meeting. They have concluded that while some sites are unlikely to be possible, others need more detailed investigation and discussion to establish: whether solutions could be found; what impact those solutions might have; and how the impacts might be managed. Many of the complications relate to the settlement boundary, conservation area and other planning considerations. This further investigation is ongoing by both Wiltshire Council Officers and partners in external organisations. A further update will be published after the results of these investigations have been discussed by the working group.
Cricklade community hub (Campus)
As previously reported Wiltshire Cabinet agreed funding for the aspirational split site Community hub proposal for Cricklade. This proposal covers a much enhanced Leisure Centre Building and allows a choice of High Street location dependent on more detailed and fuller public consultation and clarification on whether the existing Police Station is indeed a viable option. The SCOB are currently updating the design brief for the Leisure Centre Building (Stones Lane) and arranging to meet with architects to choose the company to work with on actual building designs for both sites. It is expected that the two Community hub sites will be worked on separately and follow a different timeline as certain items will need to be clarified particularly for the High Street location. Once the design brief has been completed the SCOB will be setting up open sessions to get input on the design work so far and will later be setting up working groups to cover identified areas of the buildings and services. These working groups will be made up of SCOB members and stakeholders to ensure wider involvement within the community. The SCOB will be working on the communications plan, as it is felt that there is a need to improve the overall communication strategy of the project.
A419 surface noise – my press release
As a result of representations made to the Highways Agency by myself via our North Wiltshire M.P. , James Gray, the Highways Agency have responded by seemingly at long last recognising that the noise created by the surface may have a detrimental impact to the residents living in close proximity to the A419 especially at Latton & Cerney Wick. They have responded by stating that we will be commissioning an investigation into the noise levels created by the surface on the A419. This investigation is to be completed by March 2013. The response is then a bit vague on any timescale to remedy the situation, if the noise levels are found to be above acceptable levels
High speed broadband.
For your information only at this stage, the project will be implemented in phases over a three-year period, completing in December 2015. The order of the phases has resulted in the highest possible coverage of superfast broadband in Wiltshire with the funding available. The physical surveying and network design will be undertaken at the beginning of each phase and by BT Telephone Exchange area geographies. It will therefore not be possible to confirm to communities what speed they are likely to get until their detailed survey has been completed.
I hold regular surgeries in my office which is situated within the Town Council offices. If you have an issue you think I can help you with, please make contact and I will arrange a suitable date and time with you. I am asked to tackle some very sensitive issues, these take time to resolve and I do have to stress that sometimes it is difficult to get an instant result and that due process needs to be followed.
Please contact me on my e-mail address, which is Peter.Colmer@wiltshire.gov.uk or by telephone 01793-750245 (home) 07720-387708 (mobile).
Peter Colmer – Wiltshire Councillor, Cricklade, Latton & Marston Meysey