I am writing to remind you all of the rules concerning parking, particularly in relation to the Campus.
The campus car park is for campus users only
School drop off and pick up is permitted (hence the crossing), but not long term parking
The current parking regulation is for a maximum of 4 hours for campus users only
This will soon be enforced with an electronic surveillance system
It is becoming increasingly clear that large numbers of school people are using the Campus car park. I have been asked to remind you by the campus that this is not permitted. We have also been informed by campus staff that, if the situation does not improve, penalising poor parking will be introduced.
Today, there were more than 20 “school related” cars in the Campus car park all day. Whilst building work and the creation of new parking facilities are in progress, there is extreme pressure for spaces. This is causing poor and dangerous parking on the grass verge by the pedestrian crossing into school which is putting our students at risk. It is in all of our interests to protect the safety of our students by parking sensibly and legally.
The school site has 110 parking spaces for an even higher number of staff, we also have to ensure safe thoroughfare and emergency vehicle access on the school road at all times by managing parking on the school site. Unfortunately, this means that we can’t permit 6th formers to park on school grounds.
Corsham has other streets where parking is permitted just a short walk from school. If 6th formers have to drive to school, they must find parking away from both the school and campus.
We always encourage all students to adopt green and healthy ways of completing the school journey (walk, cycle, bus). Please give serious thought to these alternatives.
The contractors have also informed us that the new safe path to school behind the campus opposite the fire station is now open.
All students walking to school should now use this new path
This path avoids the traffic of the school drop off and pick up and is therefore safer
The temporary pedestrian crossing near the doctor’s surgery will shortly be removed
I hope you will all be able to follow this simple advice and work towards a safer environment for all of our students.
Corsham Town Council is currently working on designs for the new, outside children’s play at Springfield Community Campus, and they want the views of local people to help determine the final designs.
Proposed designs will be on display at the campus from 9 – 22 February in the area between the library and the climbing wall.
Please pop in, browse the designs, and leave your comments. Your views will help Corsham Town Council to shape the final designs for the play area, which will include an area for under 5′s and is due to be completed this summer.
For more information, please call Corsham Town Council on 01249 702130.
Corsham School students have become teachers after sharing their IT skills with their community.
The role reversal has seen 18 sixth form students volunteer to help at the new IT club launched at Corsham’s Springfield Community Campus.
The internet savvy teenagers will be teaching people about sending emails and browsing the web, as part of a Wiltshire Council initiative to reduce social isolation, particularly among the elderly, and increase IT skills in our communities.
Students are given a weekly ‘enrichment slot’ on their timetables to attend the IT club at the Springfield Community Campus and offer one to one support and advice.
The club will be run by volunteers every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm and will be supported by Wiltshire Online.
Students received training from the Wiltshire Online team to prepare them for working with a range of potential learners.
Volunteering for the initiative will increase their confidence and communications skills, enhance their CVs and encourage different generations to come together for activities at the campus.
Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for campuses, said:
“Young people often lead the way with digital skills and are the IT experts of tomorrow.”
“This is the campus ethos in action, bringing our communities together to improve lives and help each other.”
The finishing touches are being applied to the first phase of Corsham’s new Springfield community campus ready for its opening at the beginning of August.However, essential last-minute preparations mean the new building has not been handed over to Wiltshire Council by the contractor and therefore the first facilities in the new building will now be available for use from next Thursday (24 July), not this Friday (18 July) as hoped.
Also, following this week’s planned two-day full closure of the existing leisure centre (Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 July), all leisure facilities will remain closed until Thursday 24 July.
From that date, the sports hall, squash court and outside changing rooms will be available, along with the temporary fitness suite, and community rooms for the health and fitness programme and planned bookings in the new campus building.
Centre staff will be contacting groups with bookings to notify them of the delay – and help them make alternative arrangements wherever possible. They will also try to contact casual users.
A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “Clearly it is disappointing that those with bookings cannot use the new facility and we apologise for the inconvenience to them – but it is essential that the campus is properly ready.”
This does not impact the 7 August date when the new campus opens with a new library, cafe, exhibition space, as well as leisure facilities and a range of rooms for hire by community groups and for private events. Further services including the Neighbourhood Policing Team, youth and adult learning difficulties, and a climbing wall will be available from September.
The swimming pool and adjacent health suite will remain closed until towards the end of the year as they undergo a major planned refurbishment including a new roof.
I am pleased to announce that Springfield Campus will become partially open to the public from Thursday 7 August.
From this date, the library will have moved across from its exiting location into its new home in the campus, so please come along and take a look, as the new library will be fantastic. Please note that the last day the library will be open in its existing location will be Saturday 26 July, at which point it will be closed until 7 August to allow for the move and some other essential works to take place.
From 7 August, the public café will be open, and the community rooms will also be available to hire, with the exception of one of the rooms which will become the temporary gym whilst the leisure facilities receive some maintenance and refurbishment works.
This opening will be followed by an exciting and vibrant programme of summer activities based in and around the campus – details of which will be coming very shortly.
This is your opportunity to help shape the look, feel and value of your new campus. If you have any thoughts, suggestions or ideas for activities that you would like to see happen in the campus, please do get in touch; it’s your facility to use.
If you can’t wait until 7 August to see what the campus looks like inside, why not come along to the Corsham Area Board meeting on Thursday 24 July, from 6.30pm? The meeting will be taking place inside the campus, and, although the campus won’t be quite ready by this stage, we thought it would provide the perfect opportunity to preview the facilities and services on offer. The meeting agenda will allow for plenty of time to wander round the building – plus teas, coffees and cake will be available. Please pop the date in your diary and keep an eye out for further details to come.
It’s the annual summer fete on the rec this Saturday afternoon from 12 til 4pm, and I will be there until 2pm with a stand to talk about the exciting developments at the campus. Please come and say hello and ask any questions you might have.
I’ll be away on holiday next week, so I’ll blog again the following week.
Have a great weekend.
Community Engagement Officer
Springfield Community Campus, Corsham
The Springfield Leisure Centre car park is being redesigned. It will have a single point of entry, a separate exit, a one-way system and a pedestrian crossing into school. This is all part of the Corsham Campus Project. This will be a huge improvement on the existing car park. Dropping off and picking up youngsters should be much easier for car users.
Please see the attached documents for further important information:
Springfield, the new Corsham community campus, is on target to be completed by the end of October 2014, with the new part of the building (including a new library) due to open in the summer. Many of those who took part in a recent survey to find out what people wanted to see in the new library made suggestions and asked questions about the campus generally. To follow up those questions, here’s an A – Z list:
Activities at Springfield The new building at Springfield includes new multi-purpose activity spaces, meeting rooms and exhibition space. Information about what each space has to offer – and how to make bookings – will be available soon
Baby changing This facility will be located on the ground floor
Bookable Spaces Different size spaces have been designed to accommodate a wide range of community activities, including stage performance, dance and movement and high quality recording
Buggy parking There will be space for parking buggies near the main entrance
Cafe Bar A new cafe will serve hot and cold drinks and light meals, and the premises will be fully licensed. It will also be possible to order refreshments for meetings. The cafe will have a terrace with outdoor tables and seating, overlooking Springfield recreation ground and the landscaped campus grounds
Children’s play area There will be a new outdoor play area for children, and a children’s area in the library
Climbing Wall A new high specification climbing wall will provide eight stations and offer a variety of routes for a range of ability levels
Disabled Access The new building has been designed to be fully accessible, with a ramp and lift access between levels and designated disabled spaces in the car park
Exhibition space A sizeable area within the ‘circulation space’ has been designed to accommodate exhibitions, with built in hanging and display facilities and comfortable seating
Free parking Parking will be free, with the length of stay normally limited to up to four hours. Two parking areas will eventually provide a total of about 150 spaces. Construction work will be phased – details of changes to parking arrangements will be publicised in advance
Free wifi There will be free wifi access throughout the campus
Improved internet access Ongoing work to improve the IT provision in Wiltshire’s libraries will provide improved access to the internet for those using the computers to be installed in the new library
Improvements to parking areas New design features include separate entrances and exits for vehicles, and a clear one-way route will make it easier to look for a parking space. There will be designated disabled spaces and separate slots for minibus parking. A specially designated bay (set back from Beechfield Road) will accommodate coaches bringing school groups to use the pool and other facilities
Local Information The campus will provide a range of opportunities for displaying information, including notice boards and digital displays
New sports and leisure facilities In addition to the Climbing Wall, Springfield will offer an All Weather Pitch (already taking bookings), an extended gym and a spinning room . The health suite will have a new shower and improved changing facilities. New ideas suggested in the Library Survey have been passed to Wiltshire Council’s leisure service team for consideration
Public toilets These will be located on the ground floor, within easy reach of the library and the cafe
Public transport Provision of new bus stops and shelters on Beechfield Road outside the main campus entrance is under discussion, and bus service providers will be encouraged to use these to improve access
Quiet area It will be possible to explore different ways of using space to allow for quiet areas or periods
Transfer from Community Centre Community groups currently using facilities at the Community Centre will be able to move to the new building in the summer, when the Community Centre closes and work to complete the construction phase gets underway