Overdue report from last week ...
Tuesday ... where should we be going? What should stop?
Community Area Partnership Consultation, Assembly Hall, Melksham. An open meeting, where any members of the community who wished could add there voice on "what's good in the Melksham area", "Where should Melksham be going / what should we be doing" and "How can we be inclusive, including reaching the harder-to-reach groups". Arranged in six tables in six broad subject area, with everyone having the opportunity to go round their choice of four of the six tables.
How refreshing to be able for once to make any input at all rather than selecting between a number of options that are pre-selected by some agency or other
to the exclusion of reasonable options which don't quite fit with what their public "servants" want to do ;-)
At the end of the evening we did all vote - but on the options the whole room had put together and not on those we had been spoon fed ... pictures show the result sheets with the subjects with the most votes.
1. Melksham is a friendly place that needs to be prouder of itself and "sell" itself better
2. Melksham needs better transport access - especially public transport / decent ways in and out and should not be relying on limited car parking - there should be a better way
3. Melksham would like to look at becoming [more] self-sufficient in terms of energy; the idea of a wind farm or similar attracted a very large number of votes.
4. Melksham wants to ensure that the infrastructure is in place for the expanding town (note - that is NOT
an objection to the town expanding!)
Am I surprised? Not really, though conclusion (3) was a little bit from left field. And it's good to not really be surprised as it means that the CAP is quite well in turn with the inputs that may come.
Where from here? This lot goes towards the community plan - setting out over the next couple of years where Melksham should be headed and where it should fit into the community.
Want to see the full results? I have put up a copy of each of the six voting sheets [here]
(written 2010-08-04, updated 2010-08-05)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesZ403 - Organisations 
Call Centres, selling, and a pause for thought - (2004-09-22) 
Farming yesterday - (2005-05-10) 
Are you free on 29th October - Charity ball - (2005-10-21) 
Finalist reception - Wiltshire Business of the Year - (2006-12-13) 
A day looking ahead for Well House Consultants - (2007-07-05) 
West Wilts Show - (2007-07-26) 
West Wilts - no longer Wet Wilts - show - (2007-07-28) 
The Wiltshire Police - (2009-01-29) 
Service Excellence Awards - (2009-01-30) 
Melksham Climate Friendly Group - (2009-02-05) 
Wiltshire - where everybody matters - (2009-04-13) 
Alumni - revisiting and supporting the old University - (2009-06-13) 
Dogs Trust, Dog Show, Newbury - (2009-07-06) 
Summary of Wiltshire Core Strategy responses - (2010-01-13) 
Consultation in Melksham, on Melkshams future - (2010-01-17) 
Canal through Melksham - the options and issues - (2010-06-13) 
Contact Information for Melksham Oak Community School - (2010-07-13) 
Self Portrait (in words) - (2011-06-04) 
A Melksham Timeline - Domesday to present day - (2011-10-17) 
Melksham has a heart - have your picture taken and support the defibrillator appeal - (2011-11-06) 
Melksham Campus - a blog you can read, and a place you can comment - (2012-02-08) 
Some advise for guest speakers at meetings - (2012-03-31) 
The Bowerhill Villager - a newsletter for Bowerhill, Melksham - (2012-04-22) 
Some unpublished and historic pictures - Museum of Melksham - (2012-04-28) 
Melksham - a new dawn - (2012-06-23) 
Melksham Community - Annual Report / MCAP - (2013-02-26) 
Seed Swap at Well House Manor - (2013-03-10) 
Melksham - two small townships, or one big one? - (2015-10-22)
Some other Articles
Switching from Adobe Photoshop to Gimp - testing it on animalsDefining static methods in PythonMelksham Area Board meeting of last weekBath to Devizes bus via Melksham - changing again in SeptemberCommunity consultation - a true open inputAmbassador or Anorak?Redirecting a page - silent, temporary or permanent?Groupsave tickets - 3 or 4 train tickets for the price of 2Programming Standards from the start!The Land of the Black Labrador