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Meeting of the Executive held on 12/07/2005
Brightwells Gostrey Centre - Update on Progress



Summary & Purpose
On 7th February 2005 the Executive agreed that officers undertake a feasibility study, draw up plans and make a financial appraisal for the provision of a new facility for the Brightwells Gostrey Centre in Farnham. This report, which was considered by the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 20th June, seeks to update Members on the progress made.

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APPENDIX Q
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE - 12TH JULY 2005

REFERRED ITEM FROM COMMUNITY OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

Title:

Brightwells Gostrey Centre - Update on progress

[Wards Affected: All Farnham Wards]

Note pursuant to Section 100B(5) of the Local Government Act 1972

The annexe to this report contains exempt information by virtue of which the public is likely to be excluded during the item to which the report relates, as specified in those Paragraph 1 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, indicated:-

The amount of any expenditure proposed to be incurred by the Authority under any particular contract for the acquisition of property or the supply of goods or services (paragraph 8);

Any terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the authority in the course of negotiations for a contract for the acquisition or disposal of property or the supply of goods or services (paragraph 9).

Summary and purpose:

On 7th February 2005 the Executive agreed that officers undertake a feasibility study, draw up plans and make a financial appraisal for the provision of a new facility for the Brightwells Gostrey Centre in Farnham. This report, which was considered by the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 20th June, seeks to update Members on the progress made.

Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

E-Government implications:

There are no E-Government implications arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

There are some specific costs associated with the feasibility study.

There are potentially further capital and revenue resource implications that will be determined in part by the feasibility study and will be reported back to Members as the project progresses. There are some illustrative figures detailed in the (Exempt) Annexe to this report.

Background

1. The Brightwells Gostrey Centre occupies a Council owned property within the East Street development area. Members have agreed that a new build facility for the Centre be investigated, as part of the East Street development, on or near its existing site, having regard to the reasonable needs of the Brightwells Gostrey Committee.

2. Officers have been requested to undertake a feasibility study, to draw up plans and to make a financial appraisal for the provision of a new building for the Centre.

Feasibility Study

3. Officers have approached Mr Arthur Gomez to undertake the feasibility study. Mr Gomez is an architect who is experienced in designing community buildings and was responsible for designing both the Milford and Villages Day Centre and the Haslewey Community Centre in Haslemere.

4. Officers have met with Mr Gomez and with representatives of the Brightwells Gostrey Centre management to identify their future requirements based on current take up of services and on anticipated needs.

Current Brightwells Gostrey Centre Service

5. Within the limitations of an ageing building, the Brightwells Gostrey Centre provides a community facility, with a focus during weekdays on a service for retired people, which is inclusive and primarily for social and recreational activity. 6. As the client group has aged, and as the changes in community care legislation have meant an increasing number of frailer older people are cared for at home, the Centre has developed day care services for those who need support while they are at the Centre. This is a common trend across Surrey.

7. The building is well used by local community groups during evenings and weekends. In addition, there are other organisations who occupy office space on the upper floor.

8. The Centre receives an annual grant from Waverley Borough Council of 42,000 to provide inclusive social and recreational activities for retired people. Additional services for those who require care (e.g. bathing, therapeutic services, support to carers) are funded from other health and social care sources. Fundraising and donations supplement these funding streams.

Future Brightwells Gostrey Centre Requirements

9. The Committee and staff are aware of the need to continue to evolve their services to adapt to changes in the needs and aspirations of the next generations of older people and to ensure that they provide relevant services that are inclusive for the wider community and that meet local and national objectives around promoting good health and well-being, social inclusion and quality of life, etc.

10. The anticipated national growth in the older population is reflected in the 2001 census statistics in Farnham. The figures show that there are 8,305 people over 60 in Farnham, whilst there are 7,670 aged between 45 and 59.

11. Due to the changing age balance of the population, there is a national shift in focus away from the traditional emphasis on the frailties and dependency of older age towards promoting independence and quality of life.

12. As part of the feasibility study, officers are working with Brightwells Gostrey Centre to investigate how other Boroughs or community organisations are adapting to meet these challenges in terms of their Centre provision.

13. Haslewey is a good local example of how a facility can be a community resource while also catering specifically for the needs of older people. The Vyne in Knaphill (run by Woking Borough Council) is a vibrant community facility used by groups of all ages throughout the week. Staff manage the building and focus on developing cultural, social and recreational activities for people over 50. They provide a limited day care service.

14. The following facilities are required to operate a Centre along these lines:-

Reception area

Coffee bar / Servery / Eatery – servery style lunches, coffee bar service through day for casual visitors (separate from the hall/activity rooms)

Kitchen

Main hall - for dances, exercise classes, parties etc (separate from the eatery)

Activity room(s) - for day care / exercise / group work / computer lessons, meetings etc

Health and well-being room - for chiropody, reflexology, visiting nurses etc

Hairdressing salon

Bathroom

Offices

WCs / disabled WC

Laundry/janitors room

Storage 15. It is anticipated that the Centre could operate in the future with 20% more space than the current building offers. This would mean a building with an area of approximately 600m2. Members of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee visited Brightwells before their meeting on 23rd May.

16. It is hoped that Brightwells can remain in its existing building until the new one is complete to avoid the necessity to seek temporary accommodation during the re-build. Mr Gomez will draw up costed, outline plans for a building on this basis.

17. The Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee has noted this report and been advised that a further report will be submitted as the study progresses. At this stage, the Executive is asked to approve the payment of architects fees.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the fees, as outlined in the (Exempt) Annexe to this report, be paid to the Council's consultant architect.

Background Papers (DoH)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Alayne May Telephone: 01483 523350

E-mail: amay@waverley.gov.uk

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