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Community campuses in Wiltshire

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Wiltshire Council is working with local communities to develop exciting proposals for innovative community campuses across the county. Campuses will help deliver services which are value for money, tailored to local needs and influenced by local people and partners. This will ensure customers and their needs are at the heart of future plans.

What is a campus?

A campus is a building, or buildings, in a community area where people can access local services.

Campuses could be made up of new or existing buildings and may also be used to provide partner services. One of the main ideas behind campuses is to create flexible space which can be used for a variety of purposes and by a variety of people or organisations. We have created a list of PDFFrequently asked questions frequently asked questions 104kb which provide a response to general questions about campus proposals.

Where are campuses going to be? What will be in a campus?

Community campuses will be developed through input from local people to ensure each campus is as individual as the community it serves. What a campus will look like, what services will be provided, or where it will go, will be community led and subject to extensive consultation with local people and partners.

All campus buildings will include a shared reception, community space, accessible community IT, catering facilities and personal care facilities for disabled users . Other services, for example libraries, leisure centres and youth services, could potentially be included in a campus, along with facilities for individuals to meet with specialist services such as housing, revenues and benefits and any others that offer specific advice.

Why do we need campuses?

The aim is to make maximum and efficient use of the council’s buildings – both new and existing – while delivering more for local communities.

This will help by:

  • enabling people to have better access to services in their community area
  • creating opportunities for a variety of organisations to work with the council
  • providing space and support for small community groups
  • reducing the long-term financial, environmental and operational pressures and risks to the council of operating ageing, low quality buildings

How can I get involved?

Local community involvement is critical to the success of campuses because the point is to make sure they reflect the needs of these communities.

Community consultation and development of specific proposals for campus facilities will be taken forward by the local area boards. The council is testing the principle of community-led management for campuses in Amesbury, Bradford on Avon, Calne, Chippenham, Corsham, Cricklade, Devizes, Melksham, Pewsey, Tisbury, Tidworth, Trowbridge, Warminster, Westbury and Wootton Bassett.

Creating a campus offers a real opportunity for communities to influence the services in their community area directly, and to plan for the future. Anyone wanting to know more should attend their local area board meetings, or visit the dedicated community campus webpage for their area:

Shadow Community Operations Board (Shadow COB)

A Shadow Community Operations Board (Shadow COB) is a group of community representatives, determined by the area board and working under the auspices of the Area Board, who will influence, recommend and consider the detail of the emerging campus facilities both in terms of how they are designed and how they will operate on a day to day basis

Each Shadow COB will be decided by area board members, and could include representatives from the following broad sectors of the local community area;

  • user and community groups,
  • the wider community,
  • children and young people, or
  • town and parish council.
  • There will also be a representative of the area board on the Shadow COB

Many areas have already established a Shadow COB and the agendas and meeting notes for each are on their individual pages.

Supporting documents

At the 15 February 2011 cabinet meeting, councillors approved a programme of work to deliver community campuses across the county and – starting with a number of specific community areas over the next two years – to develop and test alternative solutions to the management of public services. Background information to the project can be found in the following documents.

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: campusconsultation@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone:
Out of hours:
Fax:
Postal Address:
In Person:
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Last updated: 19 November 2013

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