Review of Local Engagement Mechanisms and Decision Making

As part of its localism programme, South Gloucestershire Council had committed to reviewing its engagment networks to ensure that they are appropriate and work well together.

The council, along with its partners, wants to encourage and support local communities to get involved and work with it to strengthen their ability to deal with local challenges. The council also wants to work closely with town and parish councils, voluntary groups, local people and other public sector organisations to establish community needs and to help meet those needs in the most effective way.

The council uses different methods of engaging with communities for different purposes. Some of these methods are intended to help develop vibrant and self sufficient communities which are able to deal with issues themselves. Others are designed to help ensure elected members and the council are made aware of local issues and are able to respond to these.

As part of its approach to localism the council took a formal decision in 2012 to review the networks it uses for engaging with local communities in order to ensure these are effective and efficient. The review focuses on the network structures the council is more directly involved in:

Have your say

We would like to find out how many people are aware of and attend these networks, groups and forums.

We would also like your views on which elements of them work well, what areas could be improved and what you think of our suggestions to develop them.

To give us your views, you can:

The closing date for comments is 9 August 2013.

We are happy to come out and talk to groups interested in this review. If you would like to arrange a meeting or visit to your group, please contact us using the details listed above.

What will happen next?

The council will use the comments received and feedback from the survey to review the way it engages with communities and in which it makes decisions in local areas. Once it has determined any future approach it will then look at practical changes such as the boundaries of different groups.

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    24 May 2013 at 00:00
  • Closed
    27 Sep 2013 at 23:59


Consultation Topic
  • Democracy and participation
  • Voluntary and community sector issues
Geographical area
  • Almondsbury
  • Bitton
  • Boyd Valley
  • Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge
  • Bradley Stoke North
  • Bradley Stoke South
  • Charfield
  • Chipping Sodbury
  • Cotswold Edge
  • Dodington
  • Downend
  • Emersons Green
  • Filton
  • Frampton Cotterell
  • Frenchay and Stoke Park
  • Hanham
  • Kings Chase
  • Ladden Brook
  • Longwell Green
  • Oldland Common
  • Parkwall
  • Patchway
  • Pilning and Severn Beach
  • Rodway
  • Severn
  • Siston
  • Staple Hill
  • Stoke Gifford
  • Thornbury North
  • Thornbury South and Alveston
  • Westerleigh
  • Winterbourne
  • Woodstock
  • Yate Central
  • Yate North
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience
  • All residents
  • General public
  • Partner agencies
  • Police
  • Staff
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Voluntary and community groups / organisations
  • Young people
Contact Details


Write to:
FREEPOST RRZE-CTRG-TJLJ, South Gloucestershire Council, Local Decision Making Consultation,
Council Offices, Castle Street, Thornbury, BRISTOL, BS35 1HF

Phone: 01454 868154