New format planned for Neighbourhood forums

February 29 2016

New format planned for Neighbourhood forums

CHANGE is on the way for the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership forums this year. Keen to encourage more local people to take part, councillors and representatives have altered the design of the meetings.

There will be one combined forum across the three wards, replacing the three individual forums. Four meetings will be held each year and the venue will rotate around the Bishopston, Redland and Cotham area to give everyone a chance to hold a local forum once per year. There will also be a Community Fair in September which will double up as a forum.

Alison Bromilow, Chair BCR NP, Communications and Engagement working group, says: “The Neighbourhood Partnership recognised that we could do more to reach a wider audience within the local area.

“Forums are not always accessible to people, particularly for those with young children. Instead of expecting people to come to our meetings we want to reach out to more people at times and locations that suit them.

“Combined forums will free up resources to organise ‘Hot Topic’ meetings, at short notice, if something crops up that would benefit from having a public open meeting discussion. We will be able to call on council officers and partners such as the police to be part of these meetings, and hope to be more effective than we are at present.”

BCR NP launched a digital democracy trial last September to connect with local people online. Those interested can register on the Partnership website bcrnp.org.uk .

The next forum takes place on March 21. See www.BCRNP.org.uk for more details.