Area boards are an important part of the democratic process and it is important that climate change issues are considered in all the decisions that are made there. There are 18 area boards across Wiltshire and local people, town parish councillors, community groups and anybody who is interested is welcomed at these meetings. For more information see the Area Boards page on the Wiltshire Council website.
In order to ensure that climate change is at the top of the agenda of each area board, the WCA is putting together a team of WCA representatives to attend their local area boards that meet every two months. The team of reps will meet every month to share what is happening at their area board so that we can learn from each other and share good ideas.
The main Area Board Meetings are currently sheduled in June, September, December and March - you are encouraged to look at the papers and attend (most are virtual meetings online) to start to get to know who is involved and how they work. Please E mail Graham and Christian if you would like to know more about area boards and are considering joining the team of WCA area board reps.
Most of the Area Boards are now establishing Environment working groups that will meet between the main meetings, so it is also worth asking the Community Engagement Manager (CEM) for your area board about these - contact details are on the Area Boards page.
Climate Outreach report 'Britain Talks Climate' - How the British public view climate change
If you want to know how best to communicate the message about climate change, then we highly recommend reading this report which can be found on this link or view the video below. -Climate Outreach researchers have broken down the British Public into 7 segments (eg Conservative backbone or Loyal Nationals) and provide advice on what messages work for each group. The good news is that there is general consensus that climate change is real and that it needs to be tackled.
Area Board Details
The Area Board Boundary Review 2020 was approved in November 2020. It is a heavy read but may be useful for the detail of which parishes belong to a particular board.
For general information on the boards the Wiltshire web page Area Boards is a good place to start. There is a list of all the boards, their constituent parishes and boundary maps and contact details for the Community Engagement Managers (CEM) – more about them further down.
Each Board shares with one other a CEM. They coordinate the business of board and act as bridge between the participants (our representatives) and councillors who sit on the board. They are approachable and will proffer advice and tell you on how business will be conducted.
To find out the dates follow the link on the right-hand side of the Area Boards page.
To attend the meetings, click on the date of the meeting you want to attend and you will find details of the agenda and links to join the meeting online or the location once they start meeting face to face again.
There are links to higher resolution PDF files of the map below and the individual area board boundaries on the Area Boards page, revealed by clicking the + sign to the right of the 'What do area boards do' section or the names of the Area Boards under the 'Contact your CEM' section.