Address: The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AR
Tel: 01454 412103 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Thornbury is launching a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) which will shape the future of the town for the next 20 years.
It's your chance to have a say on current issues and the how Thornbury grows into the future.
Cllr Helen Harrison, Mayor of Thornbury said: "A neighbourhood plan for Thornbury will give local people more say in how Thornbury develops and grows over the coming years. We will be involving the whole community in deciding the future of our town over the coming months as the plan is researched, consulted upon and developed so it is essential that local people and businesses have a say and are involved at every stage."
As a neighbourhood plan is written by local people, it will reflect local needs and issues and set out a vision for the town and its future. It will consider the number of new homes to be built, where new homes should go, the type of housing that we need and how new homes are designed and built.
It will also consider the local economy and the location for local jobs, shops and town centre services as well as other transport and community infrastructure such as schools and health facilities and how we can protect the local environment.
Thornbury is one of only a few communities in South Gloucestershire to start this process and it is estimated that the NDP will take 18 months before it can be approved through a local referendum.
Once approved it will become part of the Local Plan and the policies contained within it are then used in the determination of planning applications.
It must be stressed that the neighbourhood plan cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan. What it can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.
A working group made up of local volunteers will be recruited to undertake research, consult local people and draft policies, supported by the Town Council who will also discuss it at key stages. The Town Council has set
aside £10,000 and will be applying for grants to help fund some of the technical work and research that will be necessary.
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.