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The Tisbury COB (Community Operations Board) completed a number of local events, to display and discuss the plans for the campus with residents. The most talked about topics were as follows:
How much car parking is there?
The campus proposes to offer 58 marked bays and an overflow car park comfortably accommodating 12 cars. The focus is to provide appropriate parking provision as close as possible to the campus entrance and to offer a space for short duration events such as school and pre-school drop off and pick up. The main onsite partner, St John’s School is happy with the proposed parking arrangements.
A consultancy group has completed an analysis of the parking requirement on site and found that the proposed campus provision is calculated to exceed normal demand. The COB accepts that there may be one off events when parking may be tight and alternative parking and transport methods will be reviewed to address this. However, the provision of excessive parking based on infrequent events could leave the campus with tatty and empty tarmac, not only visually unattractive but likely to cause concern with ecology, biodiversity and landscaping stakeholders.
Nadder Hall stage – why is it to be removed?
The current stage is an underused facility and it was therefore felt by the COB that its removal would create space that could be used more flexibly. This increased space is now proposed to house the children’s centre. The campus will provide demountable staging that can be erected for performances and events that require it and there are options for different staging layouts. The COB sees community events and performances as a fundamental part of the campus programme.
What is happening with the swimming pool?
A recent survey has highlighted that significant investment is required in the Tisbury swimming pool to ensure its long term future. A programme of future work is to be agreed between the key partners who operate the pool, but it is likely that the major refurbishment works will start at the end of the 2015 season.
Why is the Library moving to the campus?
The campus offers the library significantly more space and resource, including an enhanced section for children’s books and resources. The library is also likely to benefit from an increase in cross-service use as already shown by other models within the county, where library usage has increased considerably when adjacent to other services. A library at the campus will improve accessibility for the preschool, children’s centre and St John’s School. For those who may find access to the campus difficult, the Tisbury COB will be looking in detail at options, such as community transport links.
Will there be soft play provision?
There will be a children’s play space within the main cafe/foyer area. This is likely to contain soft play and other play equipment, however, the detailed internal design is yet to be finalised.
What catering will be on site?
There will be a kitchen on site that can provide light refreshments to staff and customers on a day to day basis, as well as facilities to ensure that large events within the Nadder Hall space are able to offer hot and/ or cold food.
Section one – general questions
What is a campus and why are they being developed?
A “campus” refers to a collection of buildings within a community where you can access local services, delivered by Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police, together with other public sector, voluntary and community groups.
The idea behind campuses is to ensure people have better access to improved services that meet local needs. This will also allow Wiltshire Council to help protect front line services by reducing the amount of money it spends on property through better use of its buildings.
Why will Tisbury have a campus?
Tisbury is a vibrant hub for villages in south west Wiltshire, for shopping and social activities. However, given that the population is increasing, some Wiltshire Council services could be improved by being delivered from one location. The added bonus for Tisbury is that Wiltshire Council has approved the creation of a learning and skills centre in the old school premises.
Why does it have to be called a Campus?
Campus is a concept developed by Wiltshire Council. For more information on the campus programme please click here.
Section two – funding
How will it be funded?
Funding for the campus in Tisbury and other campuses in Wiltshire has been agreed by Wiltshire Council in its business and finance plan. The business case for the Tisbury campus was approved by the council’s cabinet on 23 October 2012.
How much will it cost?
The budget for the Campus is £7.574million.
What does ‘Invest to Save’ mean?
Basically “invest to save” means that by investing now, money will be saved over the longer term. Wiltshire Council intends to reduce running and maintenance costs over the next 25 years through its campus programme. In Tisbury, a mixture of refurbishment of the old buildings, together with some new construction, would be cheaper than completely new premises, and the village will gain better and more suitable buildings.
What savings will be realised?
Overall Wiltshire Council is looking to reduce the cost of running its buildings by 40 per cent.
Will the council tax go up to pay for it?
No, the capital funding for the programme is budgeted within the council’s current business and financial plan.
Is there any chance Wiltshire Council could run out of money half way through the programme?
Funding from the capital programme has been committed to Nadder Community Campus, and it has been programmed in to council spending plans to ensure the project can be completed.
Could the existing buildings not be run more cheaply?
The council’s buildings are spread out across the county and are largely inefficient and ageing. They will become more expensive to run and will eventually become unaffordable. In some cases the buildings no longer meet the needs of local people.
The most affordable option for safeguarding local services and to ensure long term sustainability is to reduce the amount spent on running these buildings by co-locating them on a single site in a modern, efficient, fit for purpose building.
Wouldn’t it be better to sell the Nadder School or lease it out, and use the money on other priority community projects?
Wiltshire Council had first refusal on the building when it was no longer needed by the previous owners and bought the site to allow the development of the campus. The council’s cabinet has approved the development of a campus on the site.
Section three – local involvement and decision making
Who decided whether the campus would go ahead?
The decision to approve the submission of the Tisbury Campus proposal to Wiltshire Council cabinet was taken by local councillors on the South West Wiltshire Area Board. Proposals for the Tisbury Campus were developed through two sets of consultation undertaken by the Shadow Community Operations Board (COB) together with Tisbury Community Area Partnership (TAPCAP) which were presented to the South West Area Board in December 2011. In addition, the COB collated the different user requirements from individual services and key stakeholders to present to an architect in summer 2012 so a feasibility study could be undertaken. A number of different options were considered and a fully-costed proposal was presented to the cabinet meeting in October 2012 and approved.
Who has been involved with the project so far?
We have held a number of meetings with Wiltshire Council’s youth services, day opportunities and early learning teams, the Nadder Hall Committee, the Neighbourhood Policing Team and Tisbury Pre-School. Wider stakeholder meetings involving representatives from local groups such as the Tisbury Local History Society (TLHS) have also taken place.
Who are the ‘stakeholders’?
We continue to engage with a wide range of organisations, exploring opportunities to work in partnership to deliver front line services to communities. For example, organisations such as RELATE and the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) have confirmed their interest in using the campus to meet with clients.
Who is developing the campus locally and what is the COB? (Community Operations Board – shadow)
The (shadow) Community Operations Board or COB is a working group made up of representatives from the Tisbury community and the South West Wiltshire Area Board. We are developing the scheme locally.
The COB is there to listen to the community, influence, recommend and consider the detail of the emerging campus facilities, both in terms of how they are designed and how they will work on a day-to-day basis. The COB members attend regular meetings with officers from Wiltshire Council.
What consultation has been undertaken?
Listening to the views of local people is essential to ensuring each campus delivers what is needed in each community. The COB and Wiltshire Council carried out two rounds of consultation with people in Tisbury.
The first round, led by Tisbury Community Area Partnership (TAPCAP), ran during the summer of 2011. Some 4,000 Questionnaires were sent to households in the community area (map diagram here); there was an online survey and questionnaires were put in the post office and library.
As part of the consultation, in October 2011, the COB used the old hardware store on Tisbury High Street as a pop-up shop to promote the campus and get feedback from local residents on the proposals.
We undertook a second round of consultation in autumn 2011 with a similar number of questionnaires being sent out alongside an online version.
The responses were used to help us to develop the Tisbury Campus proposal. You can get a full report on the consultation responses and analysis by emailing email@example.com.
Apart from this, involvement by members of the public was sought by flyers, two idea generating sessions, banners and a stall at the Tisbury jubilee event in 2012.
How many responses did you receive to the consultation?
There were more than 1,100 responses from across the community area from the two rounds of consultation. The return rate was 15.75% for the first round and 13% for the second round. More than 200 people gave their views through the pop-up shop. These figures met the Wiltshire Council requirement for a viable scheme.
Did you seek the views of young people?
Yes, we held a targeted youth survey during the second round of consultation and held a dedicated youth evening at the pop-up shop to promote this consultation. We have also met regularly with the Tisbury Children and Young People’s Voice and Influence Group.
What did the consultation results say?
Themes from the consultation include:
Phase 1 consultation
- 76.7% respondents in favour of a campus.
- Services and facilities respondents would most like to see in the campus: social care services for elderly/disabled (81.1%), leisure/sports centre (79%), library (72.7%), large community hall (72.5%), youth services/activities (72.3%), activity rooms e.g. dance/aerobics (69.9%), partner services such as health and police (69.7%), learning and skills centre (69%).
- The three most important things that would enable respondents to access services or facilities more easily were: longer opening hours i.e. evenings or weekends (72.5%), cost of services/sessions (68.4%) and the programming of activities (64.5%).
- In terms of campus travel planning, respondents felt that sufficient parking, safe pedestrian access and a reliable mini-bus service were the three most important travel factors that would assist them in accessing the campus site more easily. Improved public transport/access to the site was of key importance to the majority of respondents.
Phase 2 consultation
- Discussions with the youth club confirmed their enthusiasm for the youth service to be located on one site and 97% of respondents to the second were in favour of youth services and activities being located on the campus. 90.9% of respondents to the youth survey said that they would like to see extended learning provision on the campus with classes available such as cookery, rural craft skills, dance, mechanics, building and construction etc. Youth club members have also confirmed that they are keen to build an eco friendly straw bale structure as a project on the site, and this is being considered in the plan.
- There was much positive feedback received about the vision for the Learning and Skills centre and the potential courses and activities that could be run for all ages. 66% of respondents to the second phase consultation and many attendees at the Pop up shop said that they knew of someone who would use the centre.
- 78.3% of respondents said they were in favour of an extended library at the campus as part of the learning and skills centre which would have more space and access to meeting rooms for book clubs, readings and children’s activities, which would replace the facilities currently offered at the Tisbury Library on the High Street.
- When asked which services and facilities residents and their families would support and use on site, the majority responded as saying they would use an ‘enhanced open air swimming pool,’ ‘catering facilities’ and a ‘multi-use indoor sports hall’.
- 85.5% of respondents supported the idea of using the school building for start up units, 84% for work shop units and 79.8% for office units.
Section four – what will the campus be like?
What facilities and services will be provided at the campus?
These are the main campus proposals:
- Main facilities:
– single point of contact (a shared reception area for all on-site facilities and services)
– personal care room a (changing facility for people with highly complex needs – changing places website)
– spaces that can be used for a variety of uses (for council, partner and community use)
– office accommodation for council and partner staff
– facilities for neighbourhood policing team
– community catering facility
– medical room (for low level community health activity).
- A learning skills centre to incorporate formal and community-type skills training
- A variety of business incubation units, linked to the skills centre, to support new and growing local businesses
- Enhanced library facilities, linked to the skills centre
- Computers that can be used in by people in the community, linked to the skills centre and informal community areas
- Appropriate spaces for use by young people
- A variety of multi-purpose activity rooms (to provide additional space for other services such as learning disabilities amongst others and local community activities, as needs are identified).
- The agreed campus proposal includes moving of the sports hall, currently located in the leisure centre, closer to the outdoor pool and the sports pitch, with exercise and gym facilities located within the Nadder School building. The re-location of leisure facilities and refurbishment of the outdoor pool will provide a key leisure element within the campus, as previously approved by Wiltshire’s Cabinet in December 2010.
Who will use the desk and office spaces?
The campus will be used by a wide range of people. Shared desk-space – or hot desking space – will be used by council and partner staff who are working in the area. For example this may be social workers or neighbourhood policing team staff or council staff by arrangement e.g. housing or planning services. Further desk space could be available for other partners such as local town and parish councils or voluntary/community sector groups.
Why is the library moving?
The decision to move the library is based upon the responses and feedback received through the consultation along with a view from Wiltshire Council that putting the library in the same place as other services and facilities will encourage more use. This approach has been carried out in other parts of the county and library use has significantly increased on those sites.
Locating the library on the same site as other services, such as the community computers and the learning and skills centre is a natural fit that will benefit local people and provide more opportunities.
Will the Nadder Hall be included in the campus?
Yes, the Nadder Hall will come under the umbrella of the campus. The Nadder Hall Committee is a key stakeholder in the project and will work closely with us during the design phase to find ways to improve the hall and increase use.
What will the leaning and skills centre provide?
The brief of the skills centre will be to make people’s lives better through education, training, life and leisure skills and personal growth, to include all ages. This will benefit the community’s desire to encourage young people to stay in the area, to promote new work opportunities and to extend support to older people living within the community.
In the Tisbury consultation, the community expressed a strong desire for leisure courses to be provided in the village, such as teaching the use of mobile phones and computers, to cookery courses for beginners, as part of continuing learning, for all age groups. This would be a great asset to the village and the COB supports the idea wholeheartedly.
What is business incubation and what is planned for Tisbury?
Business incubation is a business support process that speeds up the successful development of start-up companies by providing entrepreneurs with access to targeted resources and services. The Enterprise Network is a major project to create a network of business incubation sites across Wiltshire and Swindon. The project will be based upon an administrative core with a number of satellite enterprise centres to provide cost-effective out-reach. A satellite enterprise centre is planned for inclusion within the Tisbury Campus and will provide businesses with, amongst other things, start-up business space with on-site support, specialist and generalist advice and guidance, flexible offices, central services, network spaces, meeting/training rooms and WiFi access.
The sports centre is in perfectly good condition, why are you moving it and what is the vision for leisure facilities at the campus?
The existing sports centre holds an important place within the community and the facilities are valued by the leisure users. Wiltshire Council and the COB recognise this and are keen to ensure that the new facilities will be even better, in a more energy efficient and sustainable building that would be easier for people to access, allow longer opening hours and provide an opportunity to make more efficient use of staff and volunteers.
The agreed campus proposal includes moving of the Sports Hall closer to the pool and the sports pitch, with exercise and gym facilities within the Nadder School building.
What is happening to the swimming pool?
The swimming pool committee has obtained a sizable grant from the parish council to refurbish the swimming pool. It will remain as an outdoor pool.
What facilities will there be for young people?
Young people will be welcome to use the campus. It is hoped that existing clubs, such as the film club, motorcycle club and cricket club will continue and attract more young people.
Why is the Youth Club being moved from the centre of Tisbury?
The rationale for moving the youth centre is the same as that for placing other services on a single site. There are obvious links between the existing dedicated youth service provision with that of the proposed learning and skills element of the campus and with leisure services in particular.
There will also be more scope for outdoor activities on campus site and we know from consultation responses young people like the idea of having lots of facilities in one easy-to–get-to location, such as the pool, the Skate Park and the sports pitch. Activities for the youth club would be easier for the staff to administer as well.
What is happening about the skate park?
The skate park development is a community driven project funded by the parish council (pay-back money to the community from the new development on Hindon Lane) in response to local demand. It is not therefore part of the campus development, but will be created at a very good time to complement the proposed new facilities for young people.
Is the community garden anything to do with the campus?
No; like the skate park, this is a community project again funded by the parish council R2 money, and in conjunction with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. However, it will be an additional asset close to the campus site, with potential to work in tandem with the learning and skills centre, and maybe even to encourage young people to become involved in growing things.
Why is the Neighbourhood Policing Team re-locating to the Campus?
Sharing buildings is a key way for Neighbourhood Policing Teams to work more closely with partner agencies, including Wiltshire Council, to improve the service provided to the public. Being under the same roof will enable ‘real time’ information sharing, enhanced engagement with communities and will result in more efficient use of resources.
The Crime Commissioner’s Draft Police and Crime plan outlines a commitment to co-locating Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) within Campuses across the County.
Why isn’t the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service relocating to free the whole of the site on The Avenue?
Initial discussions with Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service indicate it does not wish to be co-located at the campus at this time.
Many people are concerned that the campus will detract from the High Street. What is being done to ensure this doesn’t happen?
This is a really important question. Most of the COB members live in Tisbury and some sit on the parish council; all of us wish the High Street to thrive.
There will be no commercial enterprises on the campus and campus facilities will complement rather than duplicate what already exists in the community area.
Will there be extra car parking on site and will it be free?
Suitable parking is an important part of the campus proposal. As concern has already been expressed about the difficulty for some older people to access the new facilities, particularly the library, the COB has made a commitment to ensure that the architects will be required to take this into consideration.
Decisions about charging will be made when the campus is near to completion.
What steps will be taken to ensure the site is truly accessible for all residents in the community?
As it is in the interests of us all to make sure that we have good access to the new facilities on the site, the COB would welcome ideas from the public about the best way to do this. Apart from logical and legal requirements for ramps, lifts and disabled parking, some suggestions being discussed are:
- Electric bikes to hire at the station
- Tisbus runs to the Campus
- Volunteer ‘lift’ scheme.
Will there be access from the new Hindon Lane development?
A planning application for access to the proposed campus site from the Hindon Lane development has received consent and the development itself will create a further access to the campus site, which opens up opportunities for a coherent access to the campus for all local residents.
Will the campus use sustainable materials and have power and heating through renewable energy?
Wiltshire Council recognises that there is strong feeling in Tisbury about the look of the development, and the architect’s brief will reflect this.
All building work undertaken by Wiltshire Council seeks to ensure it is as environmentally sustainable as possible and uses the most appropriate building methods for the community.
Who will run the campus?
As campuses are a new idea, driven by community requirements, there is potential for the possibility of running the sites in different ways, possibly by the community, or some kind of a social enterprise. No decision on how they will be managed has yet been taken.
Will there be job opportunities?
It is too early to say if there will be any job opportunities through the Tisbury campus project. Should any job opportunities arise they would be advertised in the normal manner.
However, the ‘Business Incubation Units’ are intended for use by people starting up new small businesses, possibly moving on from the learning and skills centre, which will generate new work opportunities.
Will there be an opportunity for volunteers to get involved?
During the consultation period, several people offered their services as volunteer instructors for leisure courses, and the COB intends to make this an important feature of continuing learning within the learning and skills centre. Wherever possible we will create opportunities for volunteering for those interested.
Will there be a charge for using the campus accommodation and facilities?
The charging structure for the campus will not be determined until the development is ready to be used. It is inevitable that some usage will be charged for, in the same way that the leisure centre members pay already for example.
Section five – next steps
How will you deal with the concerns of local people and any problems that might arise?
When the proposals are submitted for planning approval a part of this process will focus on the impact to the local community and how this can be minimised.
During the building work we would be seeking to ensure we are in contact with local people to identify solutions to any problems that arise at as early a stage as possible.
Throughout the process you will be able to direct questions or concerns to members of the COB and the campus team at Wiltshire Council.
How will the project be phased and will the leisure centre close before the campus opens?
More information about the progress of the building work will be available later, but the intention is to ensure that new facilities, including the leisure facilities, are open before the old buildings are closed, unless closure is absolutely necessary for public safety reasons.
What will happen to redundant buildings?
No decision has been taken on what will happen to any buildings that are no longer needed.
When will the campus open?
We intend to open the campus in 2015
Where can I get more information?
Wiltshire cabinet approved the business case for the Tisbury Campus at its meeting on 23 October 2012. Papers for this meeting are available on the Wiltshire Council website
From December 2014 all meeting notes from Tisbury Community Operations Board (COB) meetings will be included in the agenda packs for Area Board meetings. You can view these via this link.
You can also access information through the community blog site.
If you have any further questions on the Tisbury Campus or you would like to get involved in the project you can contact Wiltshire Council on 01225 718350 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org