The Parish of Downend & Bromley Heath is divided into five wards – Downend East, Downend West, Bromley Heath East, Bromley Heath West and Leap Brook. Each ward elects Members to serve on the Parish Council for a period of four years. The next election will be held in May 2019 at the same time as the elections to South Gloucestershire District Council take place.
The Council meets on the third Thursday of each month at Downend Baptist Church, 7pm. The 12 Members of ‘D&BH PC’ are governed by a Code of Conduct, which ensures that high standards are maintained.
Much of the business is initially discussed at committee meetings and their recommendations are brought to full Council. The present committees are Finance & General Purposes and Planning. In addition, there are a number of active Working Groups, namely ‘Active Seniors’, Defibrillator Working Group and Sports Pitches Working Group.
The Parish Council welcomes comments and feedback from members of the public. There is an opportunity at each full Parish Council meeting for members of the public to raise any issues or concerns they may have – please contact the Parish Clerk before 12 noon on the Wednesday prior to the meeting on Thursday. However, you can contact your local Councillor directly or the Parish Clerk at any time – full details are contained in the ‘Contact Us’ section of this website.
Each year, usually in April, the Annual Assembly of D&BH PC is held. The Annual Assembly is a public meeting and offers an opportunity for local residents to chat to the Parish Councillors, view the accounts and debate current issues in the community. Members provide reports reflecting on the past year’s achievements. Displays are provided by local groups and organisations, and a certificate is awarded to our ‘Parish Champion’. This award is given annually by the Parish Council to recognise and applaud the valuable work carried out by an individual or organisation within the community. Local parishioners can present their views and ideas to the Parish Council, which helps us look to the future and plan for years to come. Look out on our notice boards and in Downend Voice for further details nearer the time – please come along and have your say. The Minutes of the Annual Assembly held in 2016 can be found by clicking here.