Connecting Communities - An Overview

Our Connecting Communities programme is designed to help public services and local residents to work better together to address the areas of local concern in our communities. To achieve this, the Council has worked with partners, parishes and councillors to establish Area Forums to streamline and simplify local engagement.

Our Area Forums are made up of Bath & North East Somerset elected members, parish councils and local groups. The Forums set their own priorities based on an understanding of local needs. To support this Area Profiles have been established, analysing local information. The Forums have produced area-based Action Plans, bringing together commitments from a wide range of partners such as the Police and Curo.

The Forums also provide a useful channel for residents to raise concerns with partners such as the Police, and each Forum has an open session at the start of each meeting where specific issues can be raised.

The Area Forum meetings are open for any member of the community to attend. At times the meeting agendas will have items included, which the Chair will limit speakers to members from the Forum only.

Council Budget Engagement

The Connecting Communities Forum will be hosting the Council Budget Engagement sessions during their next round of meetings.  Read more about the Council's budget challenges. The meetings are open to the public and all welcome.  

22nd November at 6pm, Bathavon North Forum
Venue: Kaposvar, The Guildhall, Bath

27th November at 6pm, Bath City Forum
Venue: Council Chamber, The Guildhall, Bath

29th November at 6pm, Somer Valley Forum,
Venue: Town Hall, Midsomer Norton

30th November at 6.30pm, Keynsham Area Forum,
Venue: Community Space, Market Walk, Keynsham

4th December at 6pm, Chew Valley Area Forum
Venue: The Library, Chew Valley Secondary School

The 3SG Group is also hosting one of the Budget Engagement sessions for its members during November.  To find out more contact: banes3sg@gmail.com. 

About the Forums

Connecting Communities Area Forums have been established for the whole of Bath and North East Somerset, they are as follows:-

Meeting dates for each Forums

Links to further information

Advice and Guidance for Parishes

Cabinet report- Connecting Communities 

Connecting Communities Update Report to Cabinet 03 December 2014 

Connecting Communities Framework

If you need any further information please contact: 

The Community Engagement Team

connecting_communities@bathnes.gov.uk

Telephone 01225 396975

 

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