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How to contact Thornbury Town Council
Address: The Town Hall, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, BS35 2AR
Tel: 01454 412103 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Latest News from Thornbury Town Council
Community Toilets – A new facility for Thornbury
As you are doubtless aware there is a lack of public toilet facilities in the town centre, particularly in the evenings.
Both the public toilets in Castle Court car park and Quaker Lane have been closed for a while.
The cost of refurbishing the Quaker Lane toilet has proved to be prohibitive due their condition and the Castle Court facility being judged to be unsuitable.
Unfortunately the only other toilet facility open to the public at the moment is in St Mary’s centre, which closes at 5.30pm and does not open on Sunday.
The Town Council has looked at a number of ways of resolving this matter and have approached businesses in the town centre to explore the option of those businesses participating in a ‘Community Toilet Scheme’.
A Community Toilet Scheme is a partnership between the Town Council and local businesses. It provides clean, safe and accessible toilets in convenient locations in the town centre.
Both the Swan Inn and the Wheatsheaf have joined this partnership and have agreed to make available their facilities for use by the general public within their normal opening hours but without requiring the public to purchase food or drink from their premises.
Partnerships like these could bring in many benefits to the local economy, making more toileting facilities available to the public, which may benefit the businesses concerned, increasing trade and attracting people into their shop that might not have otherwise visited their premises.
The Town Council is very grateful to these businesses for agreeing to participate in the scheme.
The scheme formally began on 1st March. To advertise the scheme they will place a ‘C’ logo on their entrances and a leaflet will be made available in the Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall and at the Library.
In addition to the Swan Inn and the Wheatsheaf ladies and gents facilities there are disabled toilet facilities at the Armstrong Hall. This disabled toilet, opposite the main entrance to the complex, can be accessed at any time with a radar key.
Further details will be announced in the local press and on this web page.
Dropped Kerb Map
You can now view a new map of Thornbury’s dropped kerbs on the South Gloucestershire Council website.
The map aims to help scooters, wheelchairs and parents pushing prams to move around the town more easily.
The map is zoomable and can be used to plan journeys in advance.
It will shortly be developed further to plan routes around town.
Young people needed to form an ‘advisory panel’
Thornbury Town Councillors recently carried out a survey amongst young people in the town, to seek their views on what it is like to be a young person living in Thornbury; those involved included students from Castle School, as well as members of two youth groups at Thornbury Baptist church, Thornbury Sea Cadets, and Thornbury Youth Club.
The results of the questionnaire were presented to the Town Council in March, and a working party of Councillors was set up to consider how to respond. Councillor Helen Harrison is setting up an advisory panel of young people, to help represent the views and thoughts of young people, and play a part in Town Council initiated plans to improve facilities and life in general for young people in Thornbury.
Membership of the panel is voluntary, and will meet approximately once every half term, depending on issues being addressed. There will also be opportunity for members of the group to make representations at council meetings, and other occasional meetings as relevant to issues being discussed and acted upon.
Helen Harrison is inviting any teenagers resident in the town, who would like to take part in this venture, to join the panel. Meetings will take place in evenings, in order to be accessible to young people who attend school or college outside of the town during the day, or who are working during the day.
For further information, or to register your interest please contact Councillor Helen Harrison, who is leading the advisory panel. T: 01454 416818, E:
About Thornbury Town Council
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.
Hire the Hall
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 durings 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.
How It Works
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.
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.
Thornbury Accommodation Guide
It's useful to know about places to stay in and around Thornbury, for when family, friends or business colleagues come to visit.
Thornbury Town Council keeps an up-to-date, downloadable list of places to stay including B&Bs, hotels, guest houses and self-catering accommodation.
You might even be tempted to ignore the mess at home and have a night or two away yourself!
In the tourist office we have a publication for all train enthusiasts, Lost Railways of Gloucestershire, which mentions Thornbury Station.
Thornbury Consolidated Charities
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, check out the Thornbury Allotment Association entry on the Local Organisations page.