Address: The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AR
Tel: 01454 412103 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Consultation is taking place throughout September about the future of a range of community facilities in Thornbury.
Thornbury Town Council (as Trustee of the Armstrong Hall), South Gloucestershire Council and the Trustees of Turnberries have been working together over the past six months to look at where community facilities in Thornbury could best be located in the future to support our growing community.
Together, we want to understand your views and ideas on proposals that could affect the Armstrong Hall complex, Thornbury Library, Turnberries Community Centre and the Thornbury & District Museum.
Options being considered include redeveloping and refurbishing the Armstrong Hall on its existing site or moving the facilities currently provided there into a new-build extension on the side of Turnberries. South Gloucestershire Council is also considering the potential of moving the library into Turnberries.
The options out for consultation could also affect where museum services are based in the future and so views are also being sought on this issue.
Thornbury Town Mayor, Cllr Helen Harrison, said “This is a once in a generation opportunity to provide the high quality community buildings our growing town deserves, so it is important that the whole community has a say on the future of these much loved and used facilities.”
South Gloucestershire Cabinet Member for Communities and Tourism, Councillor Heather Goddard said: “We have been working with the Town Council and the community to explore a range of options around the buildings we use to deliver services to residents. I would encourage everyone to take part in this process so we can take their views into account when we need to make decisions for the future.
“We are also keen to hear from residents about whether they see potential benefits of co-locating the library service alongside Town Council and other community facilities, if they choose to go down that path. This is also an opportunity for us to listen to any issues that people may have about the idea and to identify any opportunities the public want us to consider were the library to move to a larger space.”
A decision on the future of these important facilities is expected to be taken by Thornbury Town Council, Armstrong Hall Charitable Trust, South Gloucestershire Council and the Turnberries Trustees later in the Autumn. To help inform these decisions, we are seeking views from local people throughout September 2017, which will be considered as part of the decision making process.
The consultation will open on 1 September and run until 29 September 2017. We are jointly holding three consultation drop-in sessions where further information and staff will be available to answer any questions that you may have about these options and proposals. These sessions are taking place 2-7pm on:
- Tues 12 Sept 2017 at Turnberrie's
- Weds 13 Sept 2017 at Thornbury Library
- Thurs 14 Sept 2017 at the Armstrong Hall
Further information and a link to our online survey is available from each organisation's website or here. Copies of the consultation survey can also be picked up from Thornbury Town Hall, Thornbury Library, The Armstrong Hall or Turnberries Community Centre throughout the consultation period.
You can also tell us your views by emailing or phoning 01454 412103.
The neighbourhood plan for Thornbury, which will shape the future of the town for the next 20 years, is now underway.
It is an opportunity for local people, who know and love the area, to make sure they get a say in the development of our town. It will look at where new homes, schools and businesses should be built, how they should look and what services are needed to support them.
The neighbourhood plan is a document that is developed by the community to reflect local planning needs. Once adopted, it has real legal weight and must be considered by the Local Planning Authority when deciding planning applications.
For the plan to be a success it needs local people to think about how they would like Thornbury to grow and develop. It is important to understand that the neighbourhood plan cannot be used to block developments already allocated to the area, but without a plan in place, local people will have no control over the location or type of new developments and how they relate to the existing community.
Chair of the Steering Group, Tricia Hillier points out ‘Thornbury has always been a special place with a kind and welcoming community and a lovely environment. We want to make sure that as the town grows and develops we keep this community spirit and identity while maintaining and improving our environment.
That is why it is so important that we gather as many views as we can from local people on how we can achieve this to make sure that the plan we develop is one that has our community’s wishes at its heart.’ She adds ‘we ask everyone to think about this most important of issues that will affect them and their families for generations.’
Cllr Helen Harrison, Mayor of Thornbury says: "The town council is keen to ensure that Thornbury develops in a way that best meets the needs and aspirations of the community in order for it to continue to thrive for the next 20 years. We know that there has been some concern raised about the level and pace of new developments and how they impact upon us all and this plan will help us to influence and shape how new development happens and to address these concerns.”
Over the coming months there will be a number of events in the Thornbury area to give people an opportunity to provide feedback to the neighbourhood plan steering group.
Further information about the process, ways to have your say and consultation events are available from our new Facebook page and Twitter.
There is still an opportunity for people to join the steering group or one of the working groups and details on these and forthcoming events are available from 01454 412103 or by emailing .
Thornbury Town Council is funded by the residents of Thornbury and therefore has only limited funds available to assist community organisations located and working in Thornbury for the benefit of the community.
Subject to funding being available, Thornbury Town Council is committed to providing assistance and support to local community groups which are set up to promote community life for Thornbury residents. The Council’s financial support is provided by way of Grants which are decided against criteria set by, and which can be amended from time to time by, Thornbury Town Council.
Click here to download the grants policy (.pdf).
Click here to download a grant application form (.doc).
These are prestigious awards made by Thornbury Town Council annually to give due recognition to the many young people of the Town who give of their own time and voluntary effort in supporting and assisting individuals, charities or projects with no payment or reward for themselves other than the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing fully to the community in which they live.
2017's winners were:
KS1/2: Clemmie Bassett, for showing selfless initiative, doing something totally for others, not prompted by a school club, or similar to others.
Special mention: James Whiteman, for his extra effort and enthusiasm within a project, as well as inspiring others to get really involved.
KS3: Bethan Jenkinson, for her initiative in prompting the disability awareness scheme and for pushing it forwards within the school.
Special mention: Eddie Martin
KS4+: Ellen O'Brien, for the massive range of musical involvement she has, and the initiative she has shown in setting up a range of groups to benefit others.
Special mention: Abi Paton, who has gone from needing help herself to giving lots of help to others.
Clemmie, Bethan and Ellen will each receive a small trophy that they can keep, and £50 for their chosen charity.
The team award goes to the Skate Park group - for giving up time outside school, pursuing a project that won't necessarily bring benefit to them, and for encouraging other young people of all ages.
Overall winner of the Mayor's Youth Award Shield - Ellen O'Brien.
Thornbury's Mayor Helen Harrison said: "One of the key aims for my mayoral year is to raise the profile of young people and their place in our community, and these awards are part of that.
In my visits to various events I have been very impressed with the number of young people involved in positive ways in a wide range of projects and organisations, and I am delighted to celebrate the youth of Thornbury."
Thornbury Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council have begun discussions to explore options to make best use of existing community facilities in the town to deliver services for the growing population. One option that will be looked into is whether the facilities currently provided at the Armstrong Hall could be better provided in the modern Turnberries building. South Gloucestershire Council will also consider whether some of its services, including the library, could be centralised at Turnberries, to develop a community centre with a range of activities on offer.
The Turnberries site has the potential to accommodate an Armstrong Hall equivalent size space for performances, with associated stage and changing rooms, as well as additional community meeting space and facilities. Further work is needed to explore whether the Museum could also be accommodated. Discussion will of course take place with the Turnberries and Museum Trustees.
As the Armstrong Hall complex, the library and Turnberries are important, well used community facilities, it is essential that the people of Thornbury are fully involved and consulted on the future of them and the services they provide. Over the next few months, much more work will be needed to establish the feasibility of the proposals. This will include considering the need for new facilities and the design for them, obtaining detailed costings and potential funding sources. This will be used as the basis for detailed consultation with the community and users over the summer before any decisions are made.
Cllr Helen Harrison, Mayor of Thornbury and Chair of the Armstrong Hall Trust said:
“It is important for the future of Thornbury, that as the town grows it has the community facilities to enable it to thrive. This idea is one that we should fully explore with local people to ensure that Thornbury gets the facilities it needs that will serve us well into the future. At this very early stage, absolutely no decisions have been made, the Town Council is taking a twin track approach and continuing to progress its plans for the Armstrong Hall at its current site, whilst exploring the potential of the Turnberries option.”
Councillor Heather Goddard, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Environment and Community Services committee, said:
“Thornbury has a very active and engaged community of people who want access to services. While there is always change to the way we do things, it makes sense not only to use the best facilities on offer, but also to sit down with partners and discuss the best way of providing services together, if it means we can be more efficient and it will deliver what local people need.”
“We are at the having conversations stage, but we want to make sure that the local community is part of that conversation. As we are able to develop options and ideas, we will make sure that residents get the chance to make their views known before we make any firm proposals.”
The Town Council is responsible for running Thornbury, and it's your first point of call if you want to find out more about where you live or how the town operates.
The Town Hall is easy to find, right on the High Street in a Grade 2 listed former police station, and you're welcome to drop in any time. It houses the Council chamber, offices and community facilities.
The building is also home to the Town Council's Tourist Information Centre, South Gloucestershire Citizen's Advice Bureau, Thornbury and District Volunteer Link, and Thornbury Pensioners' Drop in Centre.
Town councillors meet every six weeks, apart from in August. Meetings are held at 7.30pm at the Town Hall and we're all encouraged to attend. There's an opportunity at each meeting for any of us to speak or ask questions on any relevant topic.
The Council has 16 members, each elected for four years. The town is divided into four wards: Central, South, North-East and North-West, and each ward has four Councillors. The Chairman of the Council, who is also Town Mayor, is elected by members each May.
Councillors serve on four committees: Town Development, Playing Fields and Cemetery, Environment and Finance and Policy - each of these submits reports and recommendations to full Council.
Known locally as the Thornbury Town Trust, this is a Registered Charity with seven trustees, three nominated by the Council. It helps organisations, groups and individuals in Thornbury.
The Trust owns property and land around Thornbury. It runs four almshouses and over 80 allotments on Daggs Field. If you would like to know more about the allotments, click here.
You can hire the Council Chamber and its kitchenette for meetings or conferences. There is also an excellent exhibition/meeting room, and the community room is available during weekends and evenings.
The Town Hall is fully accessible with a ramp on Silver Street and a lift to the first floor. Please contact the office staff for more details.
Thornbury has its own civic regalia, worn on appropriate occasions. The silver gilt Town Mace is carried by the longest-serving Councillor and is a replica of the solid silver original, which is in the Bristol Museum.
The Mayoral chain was created in silver by local craftsman John Pinch in 1974. The Mayor's escort and the Deputy Mayor also wear chains, and the Mayor and Lady Mayor wear robes and corned hats.