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19 October 2017

Council outlines Melksham campus plans

We have already invested a significant amount of money in Melksham, with great success, and what we're proposing in this final phase will deliver excellent local facilities

John Thomson, Wiltshire Council deputy leader and cabinet member for campuses

Last night (18 October) a well-attended Melksham Area Board meeting was updated on the campus plans for the town.

John Thomson, Wiltshire Council deputy leader and cabinet member for campuses, attended the meeting alongside the council's director for communities, Laurie Bell, to talk through the next phase of the campus project.

The Melksham campus project has seen almost £10 million of investment so far, including the state-of-the-art Oakfields rugby and football facilities, the Fifth Skate Park in King George V Playing Fields, the Market Place re-generation which is due for completion by the end of the month, and a new cricket and tennis pavilion on the Meksham House site.

Wiltshire Council continues to face financial pressures and needs to find £45m of savings over the next three years. This has meant a review of the Melksham House site to accommodate the provision of the final part of the campus project the new health and wellbeing centre as well as the outdoor clubs and some residential development.

The funding for the new centre will come from the sale of local assets such as the town's existing library, the Christie Miller site and the Canbarra Youth Centre Building. Funding will also be provided by using some of the site for residential land and through borrowing. A business case outlining all the details of the project and its financing will be considered by the council's cabinet in December.

The facilities in the campus include a swimming pool, fitness suite, library/community hub, sports hall, squash courts, a GP surgery, outdoor bowls, cricket and tennis facilities and a café, and office accommodation.

John Thomson said: "We know people are extremely keen for the campus to be in place as quickly as possible, but this is an extremely complex project with many elements and we have taken the time that was needed to make sure that we deliver the right facilities for the town.

"We have already invested a significant amount of money in Melksham, with great success, and what we're proposing in this final phase will deliver excellent local facilities.

"We are finalising the work required and we're determined to start delivery on a campus that the whole community area can be proud of."

Last updated: 19 October 2017 | Last reviewed: 19 October 2017

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