Residents in the Chew Valley area are being invited to attend the upcoming AGM of their local Connecting Communities Forum.

Connecting Communities Forums are supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council and bring together public services, local organisations and residents to improve local engagement, encourage people to talk to each other and share their skills and ideas.

The AGM of the Chew Valley Area Forum –– which covers Chelwood, Chew Magna, Chew Stoke, Clutton, Compton Martin, East Harptree, Hinton Blewett, Nempnett Thrubwell, Norton Malreward, Publow and Pensford, Stanton Drew, Stowey Sutton, Temple Cloud and Cameley, Ubley, West Harptree and Whitchurch – will be held on Monday 24 February from 6pm – 8pm at the Library, Chew Valley Secondary School, Chew Lane, BS40 8QB.

Local residents are invited to attend together with the area’s parish councils, community organisations and ward councillors.

The main theme of the AGM is Climate Emergency and the Forum will receive an update from Bath & North East Somerset Council on its Climate Emergency declaration.  It will also hear Bath & West Community Energy and a number of other local groups working to address the issue.

Forum Chair, Chris Head said, “The Chew Valley Forum has often discussed issues which are directly linked to Climate and Nature Emergency such as flooding, transport and access to services.  We welcome the growing number of local organisations actively seeking solutions to address Climate Emergency and the opportunities these also provide to increase the resilience of rural communities.”

Councillor Dine Romero, Leader of Bath & North Somerset Council, said: “We want to give people a bigger say on the issues that matter to them and one of the main ways to do this is by taking part in our regular Area Forums. It’s a great opportunity to give us feedback and share your ideas and I’d urge residents to try to attend and let us hear their views.”