Marlborough Area Joint Strategic Priorities
Marlborough Area Joint Strategic Assessment
Cllr James Sheppard
Chair of Marlborough Area Board
Since the last Community Area Joint Strategic Assessments (CA JSAs), we have worked to improve outcomes for our communities and there are many examples of great locally led projects that have made our community area a better place to live, work and visit. Through the Area Boards there is a growing level of community involvement in decision making and the information presented here will allow us to go further to ensuring that we focus on creating healthy and vibrant communities. As well as the challenges we face there are many opportunities for us to make our community stronger.
This new assessment allows us both to focus on the future and to reflect on all we have already achieved.
The Marlborough Community Area covers 281km2 of rural countryside in the northeast of the county. It is dominated by the market town of Marlborough. There are 19 parishes across the community area.
Much of the community area is environmentally protected and the whole of the area lies within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town of Marlborough sits 430ft above sea level in the shallow upland valley of the River Kennet, which flows through the town. Bordering the rolling Marlborough Downs to the north, the town straddles the A4.
The village of Avebury is home to prehistoric circles and stones dating back to 2500 BC and hosts a museum with one of the most important prehistoric archaeological collections in Britain. Silbury Hill is another ancient monument located in the community area and is the tallest human constructed mound in Europe. Savernake forest resides to the south of Marlborough and is the only privately owned forest in Britain.
The Town has one of the widest high streets in England, built to allow a coach and four horses to turn, with many Georgian buildings and architectural styles, which span over 400 years. The town attracts a wide range of visitors as well as trade from tourism and every Wednesday and Saturday a local market takes place.
Our Community Area JSA for 2016
What we’ve changed since 2013/14
Children and Young People
With funding from the area board, volunteers in Marlborough have set up a new youth club running on one night a week which is now self-sustaining. An existing youth group has expanded due to high demand and now operates on a second night a week. This group also received area board funding to pilot the additional night. Both groups use the former youth centre building in town.
There is a vibrant network of groups for younger children across the Marlborough area. The area board helped re-establish the St Mary’s Toddlers Group by funding the purchase of new toys, games and equipment; it’s improved the outside play space at Ogbourne St George’s pre-school and paid for equipment at Baydon’s pre-school.
Reducing speeding traffic on rural roads was agreed to be a priority and in the last year lanes in Ramsbury and in Ogbourne St Andrew have been assessed and qualify for a 20mph speed limit. These lower limits have now been implemented. Roads throughout Lockeridge have more recently been assessed for 20mph limits and also qualify. Funding for this work has recently been confirmed from Marlborough Area Board and Fyfield & West Overton Parish Council.
To increase and broaden access to events and cultural programmes the Local Youth Network (LYN) consulted with young people about what local events they would like to take part in. As a result a music festival aimed at 13-19 year olds was planned, to be held on land at Marlborough College in September 2016. Young people were to be involved in all stages of the planning for the event, choosing acts and activities and promoting the event.
The area board has also helped fund a number of local musical groups to buy new instruments to widen their scope and appeal. These include Aldbourne Training Band (youth), Marlborough Concert Orchestra and Phoenix Brass Band.
Local people were concerned about flooding and wanted to do more to integrate local plans with landscape management. Marlborough Area Board hosted an emergency planning seminar run by public health in January 2016. The session was well attended by local parishes and work is underway to develop and collate parishes' plans.
Concern about air quality led to the installation of two new electric car charging points and a trial scheme is allowing people to charge their cars for free.
Health & Wellbeing
Reducing fuel poverty was a local priority and the Transition Marlborough group has held meetings with Government officials to look at ways of improving take up of energy efficiency schemes for private householders and for landlords. This has led to encouraging uptake of local heating schemes for groups of off-grid homes.
To improve young people's access to community sports activities the LYN has provided grants to sports clubs to widen participation. The money has been spent on providing floodlit rugby club sessions, new golf equipment and tuition courses for new young players and helping young hockey players to gain coaching skills.
Marlborough Area Board has also provided numerous grants to local village halls to help improve the facilities and services there. The area board sees them as valuable resources for local, especially rural communities.
To reduce traffic through the town Transition Marlborough, Marlborough Area Board and Wiltshire Council have all contributed to improving cycle networks and promote cycling. Cycle racks have been installed on the High Street to more than double the amount of provision and a local cycle network has been established.
Funding from the area board has helped establish a community-led Shopmobility scheme in the town. This scheme will be hosted by volunteers recruited by the town council and area board and provide the means for residents and visitors to the town to get about the shopping areas of the town.
Cllr James Sheppard
Chair of Marlborough Area Board
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To find out how Marlborough Community Area compares to other Community Areas on a specific theme please visit the relevant Key indicator page.
Additional population, deprivation and life expectancy data can be found in the Marlborough Your Community Data pack (click here to view the PDF)
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At a Community Event in Marlborough, residents voted on which issues to prioritise locally. The full range of issues that could be voted on, as well as those selected as local priorities can be found on a summary slide, accessed by the button below. The items shown in red are those that have been selected by the local community as priorities in Marlborough Community Area.