The Somer Valley Forum comprises the parished areas of Farmborough, Farrington Gurney, High Littleton, Midsomer Norton, Paulton, Peasedown St John, Radstock, Timsbury Westfield. The corresponding members are Camerton and Shoscombe (B&NES); Chilcompton; Coleford; Hemington; Kilmersdon; Stratton-on-the-Fosse (Mendip).
The Somer Valley 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 Keynsham Area 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 dates for 2022 are as follows. All meetings are by Zoom and start at 6pm. Click on the link to join the meeting.
28 September 2022 (AGM)
Recent Past Meetings (Click on the date to view the meeting on the Council's YouTube Channel)
The main theme of the meeting was Somer Valley Rediscovered and Green Social Prescribing. The Forum heard from Miriam Woolnough - Somer Valley Heritage & Environment Development Manager, B&NES and Jane Wright – Senior Adviser, Natural England. Also on an Active Travel Social Prescribing Pilot for the Somer Valley from Jenny Willson and Ferhan Khan from B&NES Public Health. Justin Wride – Head of Wellbeing Services, HCRG (formerly Virgin Care), spoke to the Forum about the Wellbeing College and Outdoor Networks. Heritage and Funding Consultant, Laura Wigg-Bailey, also presented on work to restore the Somersetshire Coal Canal. The presentations 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.
This was a joint meeting with the Chew Valley Area 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
This was a very informative meeting and we would urge you to catch up with it on our YouTube Channel if you missed it, or want to hear the presentations again. Just click the date above. The presentations can also be found on the right hand side.
The main theme of this meeting was Planning, Transport and Economic Regeneration. It was also the Forum's AGM with Lynda Robertson being voted in as Chair and Cllr Ron Hopkins as Vice Chair. The AGM report can be found on the right hand side.
The Forum received an update from the Police and their report can be found on the right hand side.
Presentations were then given which can be found on the right hand side:
- The Local Plan Partial Update and Supplementary Planning Document
- Midsomer Norton Heritage Action Zone
- Somer Valley Enterprise Zone
- Somer Valley Economic Implementation and Recovery Plan
Phil Wright, Public Transport Programme Manager at the West of England Combined Authority, also gave a verbal update on the A37/A367.
Chair: Lynda Robertson
Vice Chair: Cllr Ron Hopkins
Lead Officers: Sara Dixon and Alison Wells