About Us

What is BoACAN?

This ‘can-do’ network is known as the Bradford on Avon Community Area Network. It covers the parishes of Bradford on Avon, Holt, Limpley Stoke, Monkton Farleigh, South Wraxall, Staverton, Westwood, Wingfield and Winsley. It is an independent open network of individuals, groups, and organisations, working together to provide a unified voice about local issues. We work in partnership with Wiltshire Council, the Town Council and Parish Councils and other key decision-making bodies.

Where we fit into things

Wiltshire is divided into 18 Community Areas, each with it's respective Area Board, representing Wiltshire Council at Area Level and most with a Community Area Partnership, representing local views and planning priorities to the Area Board. The relationship between Area Boards and CAPS is subject to a Service Level Agreement (SLA) between Wiltshire Council and the Wiltshire Forum of Community Area Partnerships. Subject to an agreed Code of Conduct, the SLA ensures that views, planning priorities and other community issues put forward by the Community via the CAP are given due consideration by the Area Bpard and by Wiltshire Council generally. All CAPs therefore (including BoACAN) are integrally involved in both town-based and community area planning.

Local Knowledge / Local Action

Wiltshire Council's Joint Strategic Assessments were recently published, through a series of Community Area events co-hosted by Area Boards and CAPS. This is the first occasion that the Council has published JSAs at Community Area level, The Bradford on Avon JSA event was held in St. Laurence School on the 23rd February and attracted over 100 attendees: the highest level of participation per capita in Wiltshire. The outcomes of this event are available here and will be presented to the Area Board alongside BoACAN's planned response, and will be ratified by WC Area Board alongside BoACAN's planned response.

Over the next few years BoACAN will push forward the output and priorities identified by the community across the JSA themes of transport, housing, health and well-being, environment, economy/jobs/skills, community safety, education and young people, arts/culture/leisure.