The Keynsham Area Forum comprises the parished areas of Compton Dando, Corston, Keynsham, Marksbury, Saltford, Whitchurch.
The Keynsham Area Forum is one of five Connecting Communities Forums within Bath and North East Somerset (the others are Bath Area Forum; Bathavon Area Forum; Chew Valley 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 provisional dates for 2022 are as follows. All meetings are by Zoom and start at 6pm. Click on the link to join the meeting.
Past Meetings (click on the date to view these on YouTube)
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.
Cllr Alan Hale and Adrian Inker were voted back in as Chair and Vice Chair of the Forum respectively - we thank them both for their continued commitment. The AGM Report can be found on the right hand side.
The main theme of this meeting was Planning, Transport and Regeneration. 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
- WECA on the Bristol to Bath Corridor
There was a verbal update from the Council on the Keynsham High Street regeneration. Reports were also provided by the Police and Fire Service. All can be found on the right hand side.
Chair: Cllr Alan Hale
Vice Chair: Adrian Inker
Lead Officers: Sara Dixon and Alison Wells