The Keynsham Area Forum comprises the parished areas of: Compton Dando, Corston, Keynsham, Marksbury, Saltford and Whitchurch.
The Keynsham Area Forum is one of six Connecting Communities Forums within Bath and North East Somerset (the others are Bath City Forum; Bathavon North Forum; Cam Valley Forum; Chew Valley Forum and Somer Valley Forum. The district 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. All the Forum meetings are open to the public and community group representatives as well Ward and Parish Councillors. The items discussed at 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: ‘listen, prioritise, join-up, work with you and 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.
Keynsham Area Forum meetings
All the Keynsham Area Forum meetings usually take place in the Community Space, Market Walk, Keynsham BS31 1FS but are currently being held online. The 2021 dates will be arranged and published shortly. They are likely to resume in February or March.
Updates from Previous Meetings
Wednesday 11th November
This was a combined meeting with the Somer Valley Forum focussing on the topic of Climate Emergency and the Council's Renewal Vision. There was also an update on the local position with Covid-19 from Public Health. You can view the meeting on the Council's YouTube Channel here. The presentation given can be found on the right hand side.
Wednesday 22nd July 2020
The Forum met via Zoom to discuss Response, Recovery and Resilient Communities with the Leader of the Council, Cllr Dine Romero and the Director of Public Health for B&NES, Dr Bruce Laurence. The purpose of the meeting was to speak with local communities on how the pandemic has been for them, to ask some specific questions on how the community has worked together and the support that it has been able to give. Also, to consider what might happen if there is a second wave and any further support needed. The meeting is currently available to view on the council's YouTube Channel here.
Thursday 27th February 2020 (AGM)
The main theme of this Forum was Building Stronger Communities with the Forum receiving a presentation from St Monica Trust on their activities, community facilities at The Chocolate Quarter and the funding they have available for individuals and community organisations across Bath and North East Somerset. There was also a presentation from Ric Davison of KTCRfm (105.8 fm) which has now been awarded its Ofcom Licence. The Forum also received a presentation from the Council on the action it can take on Empty Properties to bring them back into use. The Police and Fire Service gave their regular updates and we were pleased to welcome a number of local residents keen to speak with the Police. The Forum also received a range of useful notices and held its AGM, returning Cllr Alan Hale and Adrian Inker to the roles of Chair and Vice Chair of the Forum respectively. The presentations and AGM report can be found on the right hand side.
Thursday 23rd January 2020
In January, the Forum received an update from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Dine Romero on the Council's Budget and Corporate Plan. This followed an event on this held in Keynsham on 19th December 2019. The main theme of the meeting was Climate Emergency, with the Forum receiving an update from Jane Wildblood, the Council's Corporate & Community Sustainability Manager and Cllr Sarah Warren, Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency on the Council's Climate Emergency declaration and progress to date. A range of local organisations also showcased the work they are doing to help address Climate Emergency. This included Keynsham Town Council, which has also declared a Climate Emergency; Compton Dando Parish Council, which is providing additional collection points for items not routinely recycled and Saltford Community Association on the energy efficiency improvements made to Saltford Hall and how these were funded. The Forum also heard from Keynsham Community Energy - a community benefit society working to provide renewable energy and advice in the local area. All the presentations given can be found on the right hand side. The Forum received its regular updates from the Police and Fire Service. The Fire Service reported on their own efforts to support Climate Emergency and brought along an extra special visitor - Buddy - a two-year-old springer spaniel cross. Buddy, along with Sally the labrador, support the service by searching for casualties during major incidents, not just locally but across the UK. One of their dogeagues, Jet, has a Twitter Account so you can follow their activities here.
Monday 23rd September 2019
In September, the Forum received an update from Avon Fire and Rescue and their report can be found on the right hand side. Andrew Dunn, Team Manager for Parking Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council, along with St Jon Bagnoweic from Avon and Somerset Police, gave an explanation of the differences between Council parking enforcement and that of the Police. The Forum received an update from Cllr David Orme on the work of the BANES Rural Transport Group and heard from Dr Cheryl Scott, Clerk to Keynsham Town Council on aspirations for a circular bus service in the town. The Forum enjoyed an extended Community Showcase, hearing inspiring presentations from Keynsham Plastic Re-Action; Keynsham Repair Cafe; Somerdale Community Shed and Keynsham Action Network. Finally, the Forum heard from Cllr Dine Romero, the Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, on the Council's priorities. All presentations from the meeting can be found on the right hand side.
Key Positions and People involved with Keynsham Area Forum
|B&NES Lead Officers||Forum Chair||Forum Vice Chair|
Sara Dixon and Alison Wells
|Cllr Alan Hale||Adrian Inker|