Welcome to the Bathford Parish Council Website
This site is intended to provide easy access to information about the activities of the council in their representation of the people of Bathford, Warleigh and Shockerwick.
Bathford Parish Council meet on the third Monday of the month in the Parish Council office beneath the Village Community Co-Operative Shop on the High Street. Meetings usually start at 7.30 pm. All Bathford residents are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to bring up any matters of particular interest or concern during the first five minutes of the meeting.
Minutes of Council meetings can be seen on this website, on the Council noticeboards in the village and in the shop. The notice boards are next to the Dovers Lane postbox near the shop and on the corner between 36 and 37 Meadow Park.
The clerk to the council is Jon Cooper and we can be contacted by email, post or telephone and details can be found on our Contact Us page. To reduce spam there are no email addresses on this website so please use the contact page to make the initial approach but please remember to leave your postal or email address or a telephone number to enable us to reply.
The Parish Office will be open to members of the public on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday mornings from 9.15am to 11.15am
Meetings of Bathford Parish Council's Committees are shown below. These are usually held in the Parish Office and are open to the public. Agendas are available on request.
Tuesday 21st March, 7.30pm
Finance & Administration
Highways & Footpaths
If no date is shown, there is currently no scheduled meeting for that committee
Withy Bed Inspector’s Report
The Inspector at the non-statutory enquiry has rejected the Parish Council’s application for the site to be designated a town or village green and many will be disappointed. The points that we needed to establish for the case to proceed, and which were contested between the parties, were that
The application was made within the qualifying period
The land owner was not able to satisfy the inspector that signs had been erected within the qualifying period
That the installation of the gas pipe in 2010 did not deal a fatal blow to the application
We were able to establish all those points. We were not able to establish sufficient use, as per the legislation, over the qualifying period of 20 years. The standard of proof required was extremely high and it was not clear how, without precise memory and records, , sufficient use could be established. In addition, we were surprised that the inspector discounted any use of the land for the purposes of getting to the River or ByBrook for canoeing purposes.
The PC would like to thank all those who contributed time and effort in presenting our case.
The inspector’s report (all 71 pages) is available below
Withy Bed - Inspector's Report
Withy Bed - Appendices
A36/ A46 Link Road - Avon Valley Action Group
The Avon Valley Action Group have published a website with a number of facts regarding the proposed A36/ A46 Link Road which they are against. There is information and potential action you can take on their to get your views on the subject heard.
Link Road Facts
Dates for Parish Council Meetings
The schedule of dates for Parish Council Meetings can be found here. Usually these are the third Monday of each month excluding August and December
Council Meeting Diary
Electors Rights 2016
Bathford Parish Council is required to publish its governance statement and unaudited accounts for 2015/16 together with details of electors’ rights. These are shown below
<a href="http://www.bathford.net/library/Governance2016.pdf">Governance Statement 2015/2016</a>
<a href="http://www.bathford.net/library/ElectorsRights2016.pdf">Electors Rights to view Accounts 2016</a>
Audit of Parish Council's Annual Return completed
The external audit of the parish council's finances for 2015-2016 has been completed. The relevant notice and the audited Annual Return 2015-2016 can be viewed here.
<a href="http://www.bathford.net/library/AuditedAccounts31March2016.pdf">Announcement of completion of Audit</a>
Village Shop Website
The shop has now setup its own dedicated website and can be found at <a href="http://www.bathfordshop.net/">http://www.bathfordshop.net</a>
Bathford Link - can they help you?
Bathford Link can provide transport to appointments and other services to residents in the parish. More details about the help available from Bathford Link can be found in the attached document.
Bathford Link Poster
3 Apr 10
Website updates link added at the bottom of the page to show new features and changes made
to this website
Complaints under the Code of Conduct
The responsibility for considering complaints that a council member may have breached the Code of Conduct is moving to B&NES’ Standards Committee. Anyone wanting to complain about the conduct of a member of Bathford Parish Council or B&NES Council must submit their complaint to the Standards Committee instead of the Standards Board for England. The address for submitting complaints is “c/o The Monitoring Officer, 3rd Floor, Riverside, Keynsham, BS31 1LA. Further information about the new local assessment system is available on the Standards Board’s website www.standardsboard.gov.uk
4 June 2008
The Bathford Bulletin
Please submit articles and submissions or offers of help for the next issue of the Bathford Bulletin either through the new [http://thebathfordbulletin.org/ Bathford Bulletin website</a>, in the box in the shop/Post office or they can also be contacted through our contact us link at the bottom of the page.
11th Dec 2007