The Keynsham Area Forum comprises the parished areas of Compton Dando, Corston, Keynsham, Marksbury, Saltford and Whitchurch (joint membership with Chew Valley Area Forum)
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.
All meetings are by Zoom and start at 6pm. Click on the link to join the meeting.
Meeting ID: 986 8313 8240
Past Meetings (click on the date to view these on YouTube)
At the June meeting, Chair of the Forum, Cllr Alan Hale, read an update from the Regeneration Team on Keynsham High Street. A copy of this is on this webpage. The Enhancing Keynsham Town Centre wepage has also been updated and includes a copy of the Stage Three Road Safety Audit (interim report).
The Police and Fire Service were unable to attend but have provided written updates which can be found on this page.
The Forum received a presentation from Sara Dixon, Locality Manager with the Council on support for Ukrainian guests and hosts in the district. Chris Essex from Saltford Community Association also gave an update on support in the local area.
The Forum met Pam Turton, Head of Transport Strategy, B&NES. Pam is also the new Place Team lead for the Keynsham Area and explained how this initiative should improve engagement with communities and deliver on local priorities using local knowledge. Her presentation can be found on this page.
The Forum also received two presentations on the Keynsham Recycling Hub - one from Kate Hobson, Project Development & Delivery Manager with the Council. The other was from Suzanne Lutton, Senior Community Business Partner with contractor Farrans on the company's Social Value and Community Engagement programme and how this can benefit local companies and people looking for work and training, as well as how they can support local community projects. Both presentations can be found on this wepage.
The main theme of this meeting was 'The Impact of Financial Stress - Supporting Our Communities'. The Forum received presentations from Gamcare; Citizens' Advice BANES; the Council's Welfare Service; Great Western Credit Union and Stop Loan Sharks (these can be found on this page to view again). There was also a verbal update on the Keynsham Recyling Hub and from Avon Fire and Rescue.
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.
Chair: Cllr Alan Hale
Vice Chair: Adrian Inker
Lead Officers: Sara Dixon and Alison Wells