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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Community Led Campus Pilot Launched for Wootton Bassett and Cricklade

We had a Super meeting last night at Lyneham Primary School -  really well attended and lots of interesting questions about the possible Community Campus.
Lucy gave an excellent presentation and answered many questions - watch this space for more detail.
She explained that the core criteria for a campus building/s included shared reception, community space, accessible IT provision, personal care facilities and catering facilities.
There may be 3 tiers of service - community, leisure and library or community hall and partner's such as Health and Police. 
Local community involvement is criticial to the success of this innovative new pilot project and a Shadow Board needs to be set up representing the whole community.
The project is not driven by cost and the need to make savings, but the wish from Members to continuously drive forward improvements.
She reassured the people present that there was no question of no pool being included in the campus project - a great relief to all present.   
The Area Board agreed to establish 2 Shadow Boards - one for Wootton Bassett and one for Cricklade.
Expressions of interest were requested from any interested parties, but particularly representatives from Education, town and Parish Councils and Local community Groups. 

Interested in finding out more or getting involved ? get in touch;- Alison Sullivan

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

What does it mean to be "Royal" Wootton Bassett?

 Here are some questions and Answers from colleagues in Wootton Bassett Town Council:-

What exactly does ‘conferring the title of ‘Royal’ on the town’ mean?
Once The Queen has conferred the title, the town will for ever afterwards be entitled to be called ‘Royal Wootton Bassett’. 

How will it be used?
In effect, ‘Royal Wootton Bassett’ will replace ‘Wootton Bassett’ as the town’s full name.  Residents and others may choose to refer to the town as ‘Royal Wootton Bassett’ if they wish to do so, and the Town Council may wish to incorporate the new name into its letterhead and so on.  It will of course continue to be perfectly acceptable, in most circumstances – probably all except the most formal communications and events - to refer to the town by its ancient name of ‘Wootton Bassett’.   There will be no withdrawal of maps etc that use the current name!  

When will Wootton Bassett officially become ‘Royal Wootton Bassett’? And how does it happen, what is the process?
The new name will legally come into effect on the date the legal instrument – in this case, Letters Patent – is signed and sealed by The Queen.  Officials will be contacting the Town Council to agree with them what form the Letters Patent should take. 

What are Letters Patent?
Letters Patent are an official document from the Crown which grant exclusive rights such as becoming a life peer or making and selling an invention. The earliest known Letters Patent were granted by Henry VI in 1449 to John of Utynam which gave him a 20-year monopoly for a method of making stained glass, required for the windows of Eton College.

Her Majesty issues Letters Patent under her Royal Prerogative. This is a set of special duties and powers belonging to the Sovereign, such as the right to appoint ministers or to end a session of Parliament.

Will the Queen or other members of the Royal Family go there for a presentation to mark the occasion?
Arrangements will need to be made for the Letters Patent to be conveyed to the Town Council later this year.  Whether it will be possible for the Queen or another member of the Royal Family to present the Letters Patent will be a question for Buckingham Palace and it is too early to say. 

How many other places have been honoured like this? What were the reasons and when did they receive their titles?
There are a number of Royal Boroughs in England and Greenwich is of course to become a Royal Borough in 2012 in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but the only other Royal towns in England are Royal Leamington Spa and Royal Tunbridge Wells.  Both of these spa towns petitioned for the honour in recognition of their antiquity and Royal patronage of their facilities.  Leamington Spa was granted the title in 1838 by Queen Victoria, and Tunbridge Wells in 1909 by King Edward VII. 
Caernarvon in Wales is a royal town of a different kind – ‘the Royal town of Caernarvon’ – because it was made a Royal Borough by the Queen in 1963 and was allowed to retain the honour when it ceased to be a borough in 1974.   

Does everything that is currently Wootton Bassett e.g. Wootton Bassett school become Royal Wootton Bassett? What if they don’t want to use the title?
No, they do not.  The title ‘Royal’ is being granted to the town, collectively, only, and should not be used by establishments or institutions which simply take their name from the town.  An application would need to be made (to the Cabinet Office), and approval would by no means be automatic. 

How much will it cost? Who will pay for any costs involved?
The cost of the Letters Patent will be met from public funds, as is only right given the nation’s gratitude and admiration for the way in which Wootton Bassett has paid its respects during all the repatriations since 2007.     

Friday, 18 March 2011

Monday, 14 March 2011

New Community Campus for Wootton Bassett and Cricklade

On 23rd March we will be meeting to look at the proposed approach to the county-wide delivery of community campus buildings and their future management.A campus will be a building, or collection of buildings, in a community area that provides all the services communities need in easy to access locations. This includes services delivered by the council, and potentially its partners, other public service providers and services provided by the voluntary and community sector.

Wootton Bassett Museum
 The cabinet report proposes a preliminary management project is set up in Wootton Bassett to see how community management could work.It is hoped these will be in place from April 2011 and will initially run for two years. The results of the pilot would be used to assist the council in deciding whether to develop a form of not-for-profit community led organisation that would help deliver a variety of community services within each campus.

This model would create an opportunity where local people can directly influence the delivery and improvement of services they choose for their community, in line with policy from central government through the Localism Bill. The design and services on offer of each building will directly reflect the needs of the area it serves, so they will take different forms and will be driven by different factors - Are You interested in getting involved?

Come along to your Area Board at Lyneham Primary School on 23rd March 6.30 for refreshments - you will be most welcome.
Contact Alison Sullivan on 07917 721371 for more information