Salisbury Area Board, which meets around eight times a year, gives people a chance to raise issues and ideas that are important to them. These meetings are usually held at 7pm and everyone is welcome to attend.
This board brings together Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, NHS, the military, housing associations and Salisbury City Council.
The aim is to help find ways to strengthen Salisbury and make it more resilient.
You can report anything from speeding to anti-social behaviour (ASB) through the area board.
Find out more about Salisbury Area Board
Read past and current area board agenda papers
What has the Salisbury Area Board been doing over the last your years?
Working for the Community
Since 2009, local people have submitted 133 issues to the Area Board for action. 91 of these have been resolved and 42 are under active consideration at the time of going to press.
Wiltshire Voices – Tenants in the Friary.
The Salisbury Area Board has been pioneering the Wiltshire Voices project with a focus on tenants in the Friary. The project sets out to capture the views and voices of people who either do not or cannot participate in civic life. The project started in the Summer of 2012 with a stakeholder event held at Elizabeth Hall in the Friary, that brought together agencies working with tenants. A series of workshops and activities are planned which will culminate in the Tenants in the Friary film to be produced by BAFTA Award winning film makers True Vision.
A year of celebration
The Area Board threw its full support behind the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations, The Olympics and the Paralympics. A double jousting tent showcasing Salisbury’s Art, History and Cultural Heritage was centre stage in Salisbury Cathedral Close for the Queen’s visit, an event that attracted over 25,000 people. As a product of joint working with Salisbury’s cultural partners, a 9ft tall May Queen and Corgi was commissioned and actors gave live performances demonstrating Salisbury’s history from 12th century onwards. 26 local schools provided bunting for the event and this was reused to celebrate the Olympic flame through the City.
Supporting community groups.
Over the last 4 years, the Salisbury Area Board has provided over £400,000.00 to support local organisations and projects. Projects supported have included:
- Taxi Marshalls to support vulnerable people over the Xmas period
- Action for Children Play Ranger Initiative
- Bemerton Scout Community Hall Project – improving wheelchair/pushchair access
- Salisbury Alternative Sports Hub engaging young people in alternative sports
- 2010/2011 Salisbury Street Pastors scheme
- The Unit, advice, support and information centre for young people
- It’s On In The Field, a community music event
- Harnam Silver Surfers Group – learning how to use the PC and Internet
- Bemerton Bike Project – repairing bikes
- Support to a wildlife Rescue and care centre
- 3rd Scouts Hut refurbishment
- A project to support the city’s Nepalese Community
- Friary estate photography project for young people
- Harnam cycle route
- Funding for Salisbury Community Partnership and community plan
- Splash- summer activities for young people
- Support for the band of the Royal British Legion
- Milford Street Bridge history project
- Support to Salisbury Museum to save the Scout Car
- Support to 25 x Jubilee street parties and celebrations
Working with young people
The Board has supported many projects aimed at young people with its Youth Development Budget over 4 years totalling £73,475. Projects supported have included:
- Participatory Budgeting Project with a focus on disabled young people
- Transitions Project – support for vulnerable young people in the transition phase between school and college or work
- Sunshine Project – transport for young disabled people
- Salamander Project (Training for young offenders)
- Splash (activities through the holidays)
- Minibus refurbishment – access for disabled young people
- Hijack – an all day ‘free’ arts & music event for young people
Transport and highways
The Salisbury Communty Area Transport Group (CATG) has been active during the last 3 years and used its budget totalling £44,274 to deliver:
- A Pedestrian Puffin Crossing in Harnham which was formally launched 18 July, 2012 – this was achieved using 2 years of CATG discretionary funding together with a successful bid to the Highways substantive scheme of £37,484 to cover the total cost of £67k.
- Dropped kerbs in the city centre
- Footway improvements
- Street lighting improvements
- Responded to petitions about the need for double yellow lines
- Supported the setting up of Community Speedwatch group in Harnham
- Supported the City Council to implement 30mph wheelie bin stickers in City Wards
- Worked with Community Transport to investigate setting up a Salisbury Hopper Bus
Working with partners
The Area Boards have funded the ‘Our Salisbury’ Community Area Partnership (SCCAP) who have recently delivered the Salisbury Community Plan. 8 themed groups have been set up and the Board is working with the Partnership and these themed groups to progress ideas and aims in the Community Plan.
Listening to the Community
- Responding to community concerns of plans to cut down trees as part of a Market Place refurbishment, the Board asked local people for their views on the issues. Over 1,500 people responded to an on-line survey and another 100 local people formed a working group which shaped a new Market Place design which was presented and approved at an Extra-ordinary Board meeting on 1 August, 2012
- The Board has also listened to local people, its performance centres, business and tourist industry over concerns about signage in the city. It has funded the replacement of damaged, broken/missing fingerpost signs as well as 2 Brown signs referencing key tourist destinations to be placed on the main roads into the city.
Salisbury Area Board has had a major impact in the local area and is well supported by the local community. It has worked hard to listen to the views of local people from all walks of life, supported local groups to do more for themselves and tackled some of the big issues facing the area. The Board continues to go from strength to strength.