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Have your say at the new Bath Area Forum

Date published: 2021-08-25 | Category: Giving people a bigger say, Democracy

Bath Area Forum

Residents are being invited to have their say on issues that matter to them with the launch of a new Area Forum for Bath.

The inaugural meeting of the Bath Area Forum will take place on Tuesday, August 31 from 6pm to 7.30pm via Zoom.

The Forum will be one of five Connecting Communities Forums within Bath and North East Somerset (the others are Bathavon Area ForumChew Valley Area ForumKeynsham Area Forum and Somer Valley Forum). 

The Forums are supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council and aim to:

  • facilitate discussion about the issues that affect Bath
  • provide people with a place to present new ideas that are not being heard elsewhere
  • enable the community to give feedback about their local services.

The first meeting of the Bath Area Forum will include an introduction from Councillor Kevin Guy, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Councillor Kevin Guy said: “With the biggest population in our area it’s only right Bath should have its own Area Forum where people can voice their opinions and share feedback. Each meeting will focus on different issues and I’d urge residents to get involved, it’s your chance to have your say on the issues that are important to you.”

The meeting will also hear from Chris Head,  Chair of Chew Valley Area Forum and Ron Hopkins, Vice Chair of Somer Valley Area Forum, who will provide an insight into their experience of Forums and there will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

The Bath Area Forum will have an open-door approach and be temporarily chaired by a representative of council. However, it is hoped an independent Chair and Vice Chair will be appointed early in 2022. If you would be interested in taking on either of these roles, please email or giving details about yourself and why you are interested.

To take part in the inaugural meeting of the Bath Area Forum you will need to register in advance.

To view previous meetings of other forums, visit the council’s You Tube channel


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