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Bath & North East Somerset Council

Bath and North East Somerset is thriving and diverse, with many needs, strengths, resources and assets. As well as being our main commercial and recreational centre, the World Heritage City of Bath is an international tourist and heritage destination that provides a spectacular setting for world-class arts, culture, and leisure facilities. we have declared a Climate and Ecological emergency. Our market towns of Keynsham, Midsomer Norton and Radstock combine with rural communities ranging from the foothills of the Mendips, to the Chew Valley in the west and Cotswold villages around Bath. Two thirds of the area lies in Green Belt - we have 2 areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 37 Conservation Areas and 6,408 Listed Buildings. Home to over 192,000 people, we expect our population to rise to 199,000 by 2037 - the most significant increases will be amongst older people, with a 124% increase in those aged 85 and over. Between 2001 and 2017, the growth in the 20-24 age range accounted for nearly 50% of the area's population growth, highlighting the area’s student population.

Kirklees

The Kirklees Democracy Commission is exploring what a vibrant local democracy should look like - For the Next Generation. Our report 'Developing Local Democracy' is based on a year of evidence-based research and debate, involving over 1,000 people. Based on what we have learned from our citizens and others, we have made 48 recommendations for promoting local democracy in Kirklees. Ideas include working with engaged citizens, harnessing digital technology and culture, changing the councillor system, decision making and the electoral process, and giving local people a voice in regional devolution.