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.
Next Meeting - 21 September 2022 (AGM)
All meetings are by Zoom and start at 6pm. Click on the link to join the meeting.
Meeting ID: 951 9499 7129
Recent Past Meetings (Click on the date to view the meeting on the Council's YouTube Channel)
The Forum heard from the local Police who also provided written updates. They also received an update on guests from Ukraine in Bath and North East Somerset and support for them in the Chew Valley Area. The Forum welcomed Jackie Clayton, who job shares with Louise Morris as Head of Green Transformation at Bath & North East Somerset Council. Jackie is also the Council's Place Team lead for the Chew Valley Area and explained how this new initiative should help the Council better understand and respond to place based needs through engagement with communities. Helen Harris, Manager of the Three Valleys Health Primary Care Network also presented on their Enhanced Access Plan. There were written updates from the Chew Valley Climate and Nature Emergency Working Group on their recent activities as well as a useful document for parishes on points to consider when assessing planning applications for Renewable Energy Schemes in the Chew Valley . All the presentations and updates can be found on this webpage.
The Forum welcomed new Police Sgt Stuart Cumine to give an update along with PC Stuart Peard. They also received presentations from Simon Lawson, Chief Executive of Citizens’ Advice BANES and Angela Hucker, Team Leader - B&NES Welfare Support on some of the support available in the district to those impacted by financial stress. An update was given by the Chew Valley Climate and Nature Emergency Working Group and the Forum heard from Martin Laker, Team Manager of the Council's GIS Team and Tristram Cary, Chairman of Geoxphere (the company behind XMAP and Parish Online) on how these systems can potentially be used to support Climate and Nature Emergency action plans. There was also a verbal update on the Chew Valley Walking Trail. The presentations given can be found on the right hand side.
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 this webpage.
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