Zoom in on the climate emergency.

Bathavon area residents are being invited to learn more about the action being taken by the council’s planning team to tackle the climate emergency at their area Connecting Communities Forum.

The meeting is open to all residents and will be held on Thursday 12 August at 5pm via Zoom.

The meeting will hear an update from the planning team including how residents will be able to get involved with the consultation on the Local Plan Partial Update.

The main showcase will be on climate emergency and will include a presentation on from the Chew Valley Forum on their successful approach in setting up Climate & Nature Emergency Working Groups.

The Bathavon Area Forum will bring together the two forums that previously operated as Bathavon North and Cam Valley. It now covers Bathampton; Batheaston; Bathford; Camerton; Combe Hay; Charlcombe; Claverton; Dunkerton and Tunley; Englishcombe; Freshford; Hinton Charterhouse; Kelston; Monkton Combe; Newton St Loe; North Stoke; Priston; Shoscombe; South Stoke; St Catherine; Swainswick and Wellow.

The forum is supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council and brings together public services, local organisations and residents to improve local engagement, encourage people to talk to each other and share their skills and ideas.

Councillor Kevin Guy, Leader of Bath & North Somerset Council, said: “We are keen to give people a bigger say on issues that are important to them. This forum allows residents from across a very diverse area to voice their opinion and make sure their feedback is heard.”

Current Forum Chair, John Adler from Freshford Parish said: “The theme for this meeting will be the climate and nature emergency. The planning team will be joining us to discuss planning in relation to the climate emergency with a specific focus on energy.

“I’m hoping that residents will get involved in the forum and join the webinar to not only have their say on these important local issues, but also to help shape how we can all work together across the parishes in addressing climate and nature cmergency issues at a community level.”

To join the Zoom meeting click here. Meeting ID: 979 1457 9379 and password: Bathavon21.

You can watch the Area Forum live or watch later on the council’s YouTube channel

The forum is one of five within Bath and North East Somerset. The others are Bath Area Forum, Chew Valley Area Forum, Keynsham Area Forum and Somer Valley Forum. You can find more information on each and meeting dates on the council website.