Town Council Annual Report 2005 06

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Published on February 11, 2008

Author: Susann

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Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council ANNUAL REPORT 2005 - 2006 Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Trowbridge Town Council has continued to serve the whole community of Trowbridge, as it has done since 1974. 2005/06 has been another successful year of progress for the Town and the Council. There have been no changes to councillors representing the town in the past year. Council and committee meetings continue to be held most Tuesday’s at the Civic Hall and are advertised in notice boards and on our website. In October last year the Town Council saved the Trowbridge Information Centre (TIC) from threat of closure and since then the service has increased income and has recorded 27,000 enquiries from the public in the year. The centre adjacent to the Park and multi-storey car-park provides a six day week service to residents and visitors, assisted by volunteers from the Friends of Trowbridge Information Centre. Over 20,000 visitors enjoyed Trowbridge Museum in 2005/6 including 1,500 school children on organised educational trips. The Museum attracted £40,000 in grants to restore the Queen Caroline Banner and fund school holiday activities in the museum and local schools. The Museum, in the Shires centre is free and open Tues – Sat from 10am. Thanks go to the Friends of Trowbridge Museum for their continued support. The Community Services team were very active with a number of groups in our community. Simone Matthews joined us as the Sports and Arts Development Worker and has successfully introduced Lacrosse, Yoga and Gymnastics amongst other activities to a number of our schools. Lorna Gibson also joined us as Grants Officer, helping local organisations to make the most of funding available, attracting over £100,000 into the community, as well as distributing the Councils own grants – amounting to over £30,000 The e-Trowbridge project has grown yet again, with facilities in Steeple Ashton, Southwick, the TIC and The Cabin in Seymour coming on-line. Computer clubs are being run, assisted by volunteers at Longfield and Studley Green. The Christmas lights switch-on was a highlight of the year, complete with snow! In the summer we also contributed to the West Wilts Show, Carnival, TAFF, sports roadshow and beach party. Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council The Town has continued to develop, with proposals for significant housing developments in the town coming forward at Paxcroft Brook and Green Lane. The Town Council gives its observations on all planning applications affecting the town. Later in 2006 should see improvements to the Town Bridge ‘gateway’ around the Blind House and the start of re-development at St Stephen’s Place. The Riverside opposite County Hall should also make progress towards realising significant leisure development, including a new cinema. Both of these are part of the wider umbrella project called ‘Transforming Trowbridge – into a County Town you can be proud of’. We have also extended the CCTV scheme at Spitfire Retail Park and are indebted to the Shires shopping centre for their continued support in monitoring the Town cameras. The Civic Hall continues to provide an excellent venue for small and large groups, this year increasing income and utilisation to minimise subsidy, whilst investing in improvements and a series of own events which will continue throughout 2006. The Halls team also now run Longfield Community Centre – available for community groups to hire. Both venues offer grants to community and charity users to subsidise hire costs. The Town Council also works with Trowbridge Community Area Future (TCAF) to develop services throughout Trowbridge and the surrounding parishes. This year we have worked to achieve improvements to the rail services and coordinated objections to the proposed closure of health care facilities in the District. We have also worked closely with schools and the Wiltshire Constabulary to improve our community. Thanks must go to Douglas Ross, who after 14 years as Town Clerk retired in November 2005, having overseen the development of Trowbridge Town Council into the 21st Century, preparing us for the challenges ahead. Doug continues to work closely with the Town Council, as one of the TCAF project officers. Lance Allan was appointed Town Clerk and officially took up the role on Doug’s retirement. Arthur Ransom – Mayor, Tom James – Deputy Mayor 2005-2006 Trowbridge Town Council - Contacts: Trowbridge Town Council - Contacts Town Clerk – Lance Allan, Deputy Town Clerk – Peter Barnett Management Accountant – Richard Mills, Community Services Manager – Steve Nash Council Offices, 10/12 Fore Street, TROWBRIDGE, BA14 8HA Tel: 01225 765072 Fax: 01225 765072 E-mail: [email protected] Web: www.trowbridge.gov.uk Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.30pm Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm Properties Manager – Bill Austin The Civic Hall, St Stephens Place, TROWBRIDGE, BA14 8AH Tel: 01225 762439 Museum Curator – Clare Lyall The Trowbridge Museum, The Shires, Court Street, TROWBRIDGE, BA14 8AT Tel: 01225 751339 Web: www.trowbridgemuseum.co.uk Museum Open: Tuesday-Friday 10.00am-4.00pm Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm Susan Pope – TIC Manager Trowbridge Information Centre, St Stephens Place, TROWBRIDGE, BA14 8AH Tel: 01225 710535 Normal opening Mon – Sat 9.30am – 4.30pm Trowbridge Town Council – Your Councillors: Trowbridge Town Council – Your Councillors ADCROFT Ward (d) Mr N Blakemore, 47a Islington, 753110, [email protected] (d) Mr T James, 5 Charles St, 762396, [email protected] Mrs A Milroy, 3 Bellefield Cres, 763809, [email protected] (d) Mr M Rosier, 10 Wingfield Rd, 761803, [email protected] COLLEGE Ward Mr G Hedley, 12 Meridian Walk, 351833, [email protected] Mrs H Osborn, 14 Chepston Place, 765504, [email protected] (c&d) Mr J Osborn, 14 Chepston Place, 765504, [email protected] Mr A Ransom, 15 Broadmead, 764895, [email protected] DRYNHAM Ward (d) Mr G Burnan OBE, 9 Comfrey Close, 774093, [email protected] Mr M Francis, 18 Wesley Rd, 768164, [email protected] (c) Mrs G Hill, 56 Bradford Rd, 763312, [email protected] (d) Mr G Payne, 9 Dursley Rd, 755018 JOHN OF GAUNT (d) Mr R Brice, 14 Church Fields, 765850, [email protected] Ward Mr G Hawley, 5 Kew Drive, 751163 (d) Mr J Knight, 19a Stallard St, 766961, [email protected] Mrs M Stacey, Hooper’s Pool Southwick, 753445, [email protected] PARK Ward Mr P Amor, 23 Victoria Rd, 765709, Mr G Bridges, 4 Alma St, 755784, [email protected] (d) Mr A Bryant, 19 Halfway Close, 769139, [email protected] Mr P Fuller, 30 Heather Shaw, 766962 (d) Denotes also a District Councillor, (c) Denotes also a County Councillor The next Town Council elections are due to be held in May 2007 Trowbridge Town Council – Your Councillors: Trowbridge Town Council – Your Councillors Attendance record 2005/06: Stacey 100% Burnan 97% Knight 95% Brice 94% Hedley 89% J Osborn 85% James 84% Fuller 83% Blakemore 82% H Osborn 81% Ransom 79% Milroy 77% Hill 76% Bridges 62% Francis 60% Hawley 59% Payne 55% Amor 52% Bryant 51% Rosier 23% Slide 7: ADCROFT WARD Nick Blakemore Liberal Democrat Committee Membership Chair - Museum Policy & Resources Tom James Liberal Democrat Deputy Mayor Committee Membership Chair - Town Development Policy & Resources Community Development Civic Hall Angela Milroy Liberal Democrat Committee MembershipChair - Policy & Resources Town Development Community Development Civic Hall Malcolm Rosier Liberal Democrat Committee Membership Town Development Policy & Resources Trowbridge Town Council – Your Councillors Slide 8: COLLEGE WARD Helen Osborn Liberal Democrat Committee Membership Town Development Community Development Arthur Ransom Liberal Democrat Mayor Committee Membership Town Development Policy & Resources Community Development Museum Civic Hall Graham Hedley Liberal Democrat Committee MembershipTown Development Community Development Museum Jeff Osborn Liberal Democrat Committee Membership Policy & Resources Community Development Trowbridge Town Council – Your Councillors Slide 9: DRYNHAM WARD Gerry Burnan Conservative Committee Membership Town Development Policy & Resources Marcus Francis Liberal Democrat Committee Membership Vice Chair - Town Development Grace Hill Liberal Democrat Committee MembershipVice Chair - Policy & Resources Vice Chair - Civic Hall Community Development Museum Graham Payne Conservative Committee Membership Trowbridge Town Council – Your Councillors Slide 10: JOHN OF GAUNT WARD Mary Stacey Liberal Democrat Committee Membership Chair - Community Development Policy & Resources Museum Bob Brice Liberal Democrat Committee Membership Chair - Civic Hall Town Development Policy & Resources Graeme Hawley Conservative Committee MembershipCivic Hall Museum John Knight Conservative Committee Membership Town Development Community Development Civic Hall Trowbridge Town Council – Your Councillors Slide 11: PARK WARD Andrew Bryant Liberal Democrat Committee Membership Vice Chair - Community Development Town Development Policy & Resources Civic Hall Philip Amor Liberal Democrat Committee Membership Town Development Museum Glyn Bridges Liberal Democrat Committee MembershipVice Chair - Museum Town Development Policy & Resources Peter Fuller Conservative Committee Membership Town Development Policy & Resources Civic Hall Trowbridge Town Council – Your Councillors Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Policy and Resources Committee Supporting the development of C21st Health Care facilities and fighting the closure existing services Trowbridge Hospital Trowbridge Health Clinic Charter House Mental Health Centre Campaigning for the retention of rail services Direct services to London Frequency of services to Bristol and Southampton Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Proposed Changes to Health Services The Primary Care Trust are holding a public meeting at the Civic Hall on Monday 15th May from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Details of the proposed changes from: www.wiltshire.nhs.uk/pathwaysforchange or call 01225 759886 For the Mental Health proposals go to: www.awp.nhs.uk and follow the link or call 01672 517423 Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Proposed Changes to Health Services Complete the form in the booklet or on-line and send your comments on the proposals by 7th July to: Pathways for Change Valentines White Horse Business Park TROWBRIDGE BA14 0XG Tel: 01225 759886 Fax: 01225 754648 Email: [email protected] Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Policy and Resources Committee Preparing for the future “The Government have an agenda of neighbourhood empowerment, neighbourhood service delivery, neighbourhood governance . . and we expect upper and second-tier authorities to devolve powers and services further down.” Phil Woolas, Minister for Local Government (Hansard 18/01/2006) Quality Status - satisfying the seven criteria Completed 4 Electoral Mandate Council Meetings Communication Code of Conduct Target for 2006/07 Qualified Clerk Annual Report Accountability Trowbridge Town Council – Community Planning: Trowbridge Town Council – Community Planning Trowbridge Community Area Future Working with the Town Council, 11 Parish Councils, District and County Councils Economy Housing Culture Environment Transport Education Health & Social Care Community Safety Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Community Services – Sports & Leisure Lacrosse in 13 schools with festival and club Gymnastics course in 8 primary schools Yoga course in 3 primary schools Dance clubs in 5 primary schools Aerobics at 3 senior schools & community club Diving commenced at Clarendon School 3 art workshops at community centres Financial support from County Extended Schools Programme and DC Leisure Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Community Services – Development Assisting residents to improve neighbourhoods Supported the Trowbridge Carnival Supported 5 Tenants and Residents Associations Regular Older Peoples’ Sundays at the Civic Hall Supported the implementation of Wiltshire’s first neighbourhood policing team at Seymour Seymour e-Trowbridge Cabin Youth Shelter Fun Day Traffic Management Studley Green Computer Club Manor Rd Play Area Resource Centre Youth Shelter Longfield Kids Club Took control of Community Centre CCTV Slide 19: Get connected at new internet access point THE ONLINE world has been brought closer to people in Trowbridge after another access point for those without the internet at home was officially opened at the Trowbridge Information Centre. Maryrose Mantle, community development worker at Trowbridge Town Council said: “The scheme gives free internet access to the community.” Trowbridge Town Council Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Community Services – Town Events Supported the West Wilts Show Summer Sports Roadshow for 900 young people Supported Trowbridge Annual Festival of Fun Helped 125 people to gain national qualifications Christmas Lights event with SNOW! Trowbridge In Bloom Slide 21: And then there was light… FREEZING weather added to the atmosphere at the weekend as crowds packed the streets to see Trowbridge’s Christmas lights blaze out for the first time. Organiser Steve Nash said: “It was absolutely fantastic, a brilliant day. I think the weather just added to the flavour of it.” A snow machine was hired for the event to ensure a festive feel. Wiltshire Times 25/11/05 Trowbridge Town Council Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Grant Funding Over £70,000 was received in 2005/06 to support directly the work of the Town Council Over £18,000 has been given to local good causes including discounts for use of the Civic Hall Our staff have assisted local organisations to benefit from: Over £60,000 for young people Over £10,000 for sport Over £23,000 for counselling services Over £15,000 for disabilities and special needs Over £4,500 for older people Additionally over £200,000 of outstanding applications Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Town Development Completing Town Centre improvements Securing the refurbishment of the Town Gateway around the Town Bridge and Blind House Installation of CCTV at Spitfire Retail Park Considered over 450 planning applications Supporting the regeneration project: ‘Transforming Trowbridge’ Into a County Town you can be proud of Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Town Development If you think that HM Courts Service should make a contribution towards reinstating the Town Hall write to: Sir Ron de Witt Harriet Harman MP Chief Executive Minister of State HM Courts Service Dept for Constitutional Affairs Clive House Selbourne House Petty France 54 Victoria Road London London SW1H 9HD SW1E 6QW Slide 25: New camera will keep an eye on car park trouble makers A NEW weapon in the fight against vandals and boy racers has been launched in a Trowbridge business park. Surveillance cameras have been installed at the Spitfire Retail Park, off Bradley Road, which has been plagued with trouble in recent months. Community Safety Officer Ishti Turner said: “This is another example of how partnership working can be used to benefit the local community.” Bath Chronicle 8/11/05 Trowbridge Town Council Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Trowbridge Museum Over 20,000 visitors in 2005/06 1,162 in Feb half-term and 1,008 over Easter Plus over 10,000 web-site visits And over 1,400 school visits ‘All the children thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned tremendously from it.’ ‘Excellent presentation, one of the best museums I’ve ever been to.’ ‘Amazing, a good service with a family feeling.’ ‘Extremely welcoming, very well organised and a really good visit, thank you.’ Slide 27: Early pictures of county town’s social history go on display A PHOTOGRAPHIC record of life in Wiltshire’s county town has opened at Trowbridge Museum. Among the images are photographs taken by Houlton Brothers. Curator Clare Lyall said: “Many people who come to the museum remember the company and say they have had family pictures taken there.” Bath Chronicle 20/12/05 Trowbridge Town Council Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Trowbridge Museum - Funding Local Heritage initiative £25,000 over three years Pilgrim Trust & County Council over £2,000 for the Queen Caroline Banner Awards for All £5,000 for holiday activities SWMLAC £3000 for SEN children and web-site Local Network Fund £7,000 for community arts Agreed an annual contribution of £10,000 from the District Council for 2006/07 All supported by a dedicated team of volunteers Slide 29: Visitors flock to writing by sound display REPORTERS and secretaries around the world have a love-hate relationship with the tricky art of shorthand, developed by a Trowbridge Man, Sir Isaac Pitman. At Trowbridge Museum in Court Street there is a dedicated display relating to Pitman. Laurel Miller, education officer at the museum said: “Part of our display is in Pitman shorthand and it is surprising the number of people who can read it.” Bath Chronicle 05/01/06 Trowbridge Town Council Trowbridge Town Council – Information Centre: Trowbridge Town Council – Information Centre Saved from closure by the Town Council in 2005 27,000 people through the door Approx. 80% local 20% visitors and holidaymakers 8% more telephone and 12% more email enquiries Staff are supported by 17 volunteers Offering three work placements to Trowbridge schools Adopted as a model for placements at TICs Increased range of retail items on sale Greater choice of souvenirs and maps Radar keys, Photocopying and Fax services Free public internet access through e-Trowbridge Trowbridge Town Council – Information Centre: Trowbridge Town Council – Information Centre New rail ticketing printer funded by Trowbridge & District Tourism Association National Rail tickets and information including timetables New in 2006: Station style tickets Only National Express ticket agent in Trowbridge Wilts & Dorset and First Bus tickets and timetables Increased use of TIC as ticket agency for events Royal Bath & West Show New in 2006: Great Dorset Steam Fair Trowbridge Village Pump Festival Trowbridge Players’ pantomime New in 2006: Entertainment events at the Civic Hall Trowbridge Town Council: Trowbridge Town Council Trowbridge Civic Hall The Town Council has reduced the subsidy from over £100,000 in the last year of District Council operation to less than £40,000 In 2005/06 lettings income rose by 35% from £141,000 to £190,000 Bar takings have not fallen, despite a downward trend in the on-trade drinks market In 2005/06 usage of the Civic Hall rose by 14% from 3797 hours to 4317 hours Slide 33: MY wife and I, like the other 200 plus dancers, would like to extend our congratulations to the management and staff of the Civic Hall for the splendid Christmas and New Year festivities display. The Civic Hall caterers, as usual exceeded one’s expectations. Thank you to the staff for making the evening such a great success. R and J STOWE Ramsbury Walk, Trowbridge CAN I, through your newspaper, congratulate the organisers of the pre New Year’s Eve dance at the Civic Hall in Trowbridge on December 30. Everything was great. We look forward to the next one. S and J BIGGS The Green, Marlborough Trowbridge Town Council Trowbridge Town Council – Summary Finances: Trowbridge Town Council – Summary Finances

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