BaNES Communities Forums, please please attend

If you are reading this, then I beg you to attend one of these forums and make your voice heard. We need to design cycling into these new housing estates. We need to give children travel independence.

Each of the five Connecting Communities Forums across the district will be hosting a Budget Fair and these will be open to the public. The Fairs provide an opportunity to hear about the Council’s financial plans for the next four years, ask questions and participate in discussions on the budget proposals.

Following the Budget Fair, there will be an additional presentation from Planning Officers on the West of England Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study and an opportunity ask questions. The Plan will set out a prospectus for sustainable growth that will help the area meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years. Estimates state that to maintain its current prosperity, the area needs at least 85,000 new homes by 2036 – nearly 30,000 more than the number already planned – as well as the transport and other infrastructure needed to support this level of growth. Officers will also be giving a brief update on Placemaking.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, you are most welcome to attend any of the other meetings taking place. The dates and locations are:-

* Bathavon Forum – 19th November, 6pm – Sixth Form, St Gregory’s School, Combe Hay Lane, Odd Down, Bath, BA2 8PA

* Chew Valley Area Forum – Monday 23rd November at 6pm, in The Library, Chew Valley Secondary School, Chew Lane, Chew Magna BS40 8QB

* Keynsham Area Forum – 24th November, 6pm – The Community Space, Market Walk, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1FS

* Somer Valley Area Forum – 30th November, 6pm – The Conygre Hall, North Rd, Timsbury, Bath BA2 0JQ

Please do help publicise these events in your local communities and encourage people to attend.

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