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Melksham - WC cash needed following funding failure

December 9, 2021 8:54 AM
By WC

The WC Cabinet will be asked to release £2.8m funding, to go towards the £2m already in place, to refurbish and redevelop the Melksham House site. The council was unsuccessful in securing funding from the Government's Levelling Up Fund for this purpose, so Cabinet will allocate the additional funding.

Refurbishment work will provide flexible office and meeting room spaces, and the community hall at the rear of the building will be restored to create activity spaces. The improvements would include modern technologies such as LED lighting, air source heat pumps and photovoltaics.

A scheme for the redevelopment of the Melksham House was given planning consent in October this year.

WC will establish a Place Board with Melksham Town Council. With sites such as the Blue Pool and the library no longer required when the campus opens, the board would look to ensure the best use is made of publicly-owned assets. A portion of the funding will go towards demolishing the Blue Pool building when Melksham Community Campus opens next year. The future of the site itself is not known at this stage, but more opportunities and options will be available to the council when the building is demolished.

The Cabinet meeting takes place on 14 December, and the full agenda and associated reports can be found at https://cms.wiltshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=141&MId=13774v