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THE final go-ahead for a new community campus in Salisbury has been given by Wiltshire Conservative councillors.
It will be housed in a big extension to Five Rivers Leisure Centre, where the fitness facilities will also be improved.
The campus will provide space for the learning disabilities service, youth services including Bass Connection and for other community uses that are currently housed in ageing buildings which require expensive maintenance.
A community operations board has been advising councillors on what local people would like to see provided at the campus, and it will need to approve its design.
Conservative leader of Wiltshire Council, Jane Scott said:
It’s all to do with us giving up control and power and listening a little bit more and sometimes that’s quite difficult. Sometimes we have to have challenging conversations and tell people they can’t have everything. There will be a good bus service running from the centre to the new campus as well as safe routes for cyclists. The campus will not encroach on nearby allotments nor will the Library be moved from the city centre.
It’s really important that we are providing jobs for people in our communities and keeping businesses going. We may be looking at communities managing services in the future, so it’s up to the community to say what happens in the central car park and what happens at Five Rivers.
We believe Five Rivers is the right site. It is out of town, but it’s right in the middle of a large number of residential areas.
The plan will go before Wiltshire Council's cabinet tomorrow.