Local people are being asked to play a key role in the Marlborough campus project which will help shape the way services are delivered in the community area in the future.
The shadow community operations board (COB) is made up of members of the community and its role is integral in helping to direct the project.
Since the COB was set up by the Marlborough Area Board in late 2013 it has been working to develop ideas for a local campus, which is the term used to describe the building or buildings where council and potentially partner services will be accessed across the Marlborough area. One of the main ideas behind campuses is to create flexible space which can be used for a variety of purposes and by a variety of people or organisations, including the local community.
The COB has a number of vacancies and would like to invite applications from residents local to the Marlborough community area who are interested in joining the group to express an interest and help move the project forward. People wishing to join should express an interest by April 25. A decision on new COB members will be taken by members of the Marlborough Area Board on May 20.
The COB is keen to hear from people from across the local community to ensure it effectively represents the views of local people. They are particularly keen to hear from the local business and retail community, and sporting and leisure groups.
People who are unable to commit to a long-term involvement, but feel they have skills and energy which could be useful are still invited to express an interest.
Campuses will help deliver services which are value for money, tailored to local needs and influenced by local people and partners. This will ensure customers and their needs are at the heart of future plans. They are being developed through input from local people ensuring each campus is as individual as the community it serves. They will provide services communities need in easy to access locations – placing customers and their needs at the heart of future plans.
More information on the campus is available on the Wiltshire Council website.
To discuss what is involved before making an application, email the campus delivery manager, Matthew Woolford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local people can apply to be involved in the shadow COB by completing an expression of interest form which can be obtained by emailing email@example.com or by calling 01225 718350 if you would like to be sent a copy of the application form. Forms are also available at Marlborough and Ramsbury libraries.