Councillors back public requests on survey for new Trowbridge campus
12:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Latest News
Councillors have backed the results of a survey which asked the people of Trow-bridge what they wanted to have on the town’s planned new campus.
The Shadow Community Operations Board (COB) has held two consultations – the second ending in early summer – which found that people were keen to have swim- ming facilities, sports areas, a music recording room, IT equipment and a creche.
Following Trowbridge Area Board meeting last Thursday at County Hall the survey findings will go to Wiltshire Council’s campus delivery and operational models team, which will assess the feasibility of what Trowbridge wants.
Wiltshire Councillor Steve Oldrieve, who represents Trowbridge Paxcroft, said: “There’s been some really good work that has gone into this consultation and I’d like to thank the COB for their efforts.”
There is no set budget or location for the facility.
COB member David Baker said: “Our brief was only ever to gather information from the public and not look at how much it will cost.
“I think campus is probably the wrong word to describe it, as people think that is just one building.
“For me, it is more than that. For example, the new library here forms the campus and the improvement of Trowbridge. This project is an amazing opportunity to give Trowbridge something it truly deserves and form a part of its regeneration.”
The council is running its campus programme across the county, as part of a cost-cutting exercise, which will reduce its offices from 96 to three and create 20 campuses.
The COB received more than 2,000 replies its its Trowbridge consultation, with results showing 96.9 per cent support for the project.
When a full proposal has been confirmed, the plans will go before Wiltshire Council’s cabinet for members’ approval.
For detailed information, visit www.wiltshire.gov. uk/ TrowbridgeCommunityCampus
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