The Chew Valley Forum comprises the parished areas of Chelwood, Chew Magna, Chew Stoke, Clutton, Compton Martin, East Harptree, Hinton Blewett, Nempnett Thrubwell, Norton Malreward, Publow and Pensford, Stanton Drew, Stowey Sutton, Temple Cloud and Cameley, Ubley, West Harptree, Whitchurch (dual membership with Keynsham Area Forum). The corresponding members are Winford and Dundry (North Somerset)
The Chew Valley Area Forum is one of five Connecting Communities Forums within Bath and North East Somerset (the others are Bath Area Forum; Bathavon Area Forum; Keynsham Area Forum and Somer Valley Forum). All the Forum meetings are open to the public and community group representatives as well Ward and Parish Councillors.
Bath and North East Somerset is a diverse area with differing needs and priorities. The Council and its partners recognise this and value the local information and feedback the Forums provide as these help to shape local services. The items discussed at Forum meetings include those the Council and its partners need to share or would like feedback on; items the Forum members themselves wish to discuss and opportunities for local organisations to share information and best practice.
The 'Connecting Communities' approach has been built around five key principles:
- work with you
- share ideas
As there is now much less public funding available, local people and neighbourhoods are being asked to help run services too. The Forums help to improve local engagement, encourage people to talk to each other and to share their skills and ideas.
The Forum will meet again during 2022 - dates will be posted here as soon as they are arranged.
Recent Past Meetings (Click on the date to view the meeting on the Council's YouTube Channel)
The Forum received a presentation from the Council and the BANES, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group on the pressures they are facing this winter and how residents can assist. This can be found on the right hand side. They also received an update from the Chew Valley Climate and Nature Emergency Working Group on their work and were advised of current transport consultations being held by WECA.
This was a joint meeting with the Somer Valley Forum Forum on a theme of Health & Wellbeing. The Three Valleys Health Primary Care Network (PCN) includes both the Chew Valley and Somer Valley areas. The Forums heard from:
- Three Valleys Health Primary Care Network
- Virgin Care
- Age UK BANES
- The West of England Rural Network Village Agents
The presentations can be found on the right hand side.
Chris Head was re-elected as Chair and Cllr Heather Clewett as Vice Chair of the Forum. Many thanks for their ongoing support and facilitation of the meetings. The AGM report can be found here.
The Forum heard from B&NES Planning on the Local Plan Partial Update/Supplementary Planning Document consultations which will run from 27 August - 8 October 2021. View presentation.
The main theme of the meeting was Climate Emergency. The Forum's Climate & Nature Emergency Working Group members provided an update on their work and a copy of their presentation can be found here.
During the presentation the working group referred to two transport surveys. The findings of the research can be view in the reports below:-
- Sustainable Transport for Post 16 at Chew Valley School
- Report on Chew Valley Consultation on Sustainable Transport
Since the meeting, Chris Head has shared some exciting news that the ‘River Chew Re-connected project’ was successful in its application to the Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The project has been awarded £97.7k and will deliver a suite of green recovery projects and engagement, enabling local communities to adapt to a changing climate. There will be an update at a future meeting.
Key positions and people involved with Chew Valley Forum:
Forum Chair: Chris Head
Forum Vice Chair: Cllr Heather Clewett
Lead Officers: Sara Dixon and Alison Wells