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 Frequently 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, 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:
- Bradford on Avon
- Wootton Bassett
Last updated: 6 March 2013