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Bathford Parish Council

Your Guide to the Council

Thursday, 28 May, 2015

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 9.30am to 11.30am

Latest News

Beware rogue traders


Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Trading Standards team is warning residents to be wary of rogue traders operating in the area.

A number of complaints have been received in recent weeks from people across the area who have been targeted by hard-selling and aggressive rogue traders, particularly builders.

“These traders, often builders, call on unsuspecting households offering convincing deals to try to get you to agree to having work carried out,” said Robin Wood, the Council’s Principal Trading Standards Officer. “We know that if you accept work from a these rogue traders you'll pay much more than you intended for often poor, unnecessary and sometimes dangerous work.”

Trading Standards is urging people to:

• say no to doorstep sellers

• do some research on any trader before agreeing to a contract; read reviews and if possible use the Buy with Confidence Approved Trader Scheme. Check references.

• never pay up-front and don't pay by cash.

• get at least three quotations before any building work starts, and don’t necessarily go for the lowest priced quote as rogue traders often underquote to get the job.

• always obtain a detailed written quotation/contract.

“Rogue Traders can be polite and charming in order to get work, however this soon changes once they’ve got your money,” said Robin. “They tend to be particularly active around spring time and will often try to pressure people to make a decision on the spot. Be wary if you’re asked to pay a lot of money upfront or the trader does not have any official paperwork to give you. People should also be wary of companies which only supply a mobile number on marketing material as it is easy for them to disappear without a trace.”

Trading Standards run an approved trader scheme so if you’re looking for a local business which you can trust then please view the Buy with Confidence approved trader scheme: Buy With Confidence

If you require advice or are concerned about doorstep crime, please report your concerns to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.


10 Years ago

It was 10 years ago on 17th April 2005 that we launched the Parish Council website and few Parich Councils had websites.

To put this achievement into context, the first upload to the newly launched YouTube was 6 days later than our launch on 23rd April 2005

The format is deliberately kept simple and uncluttered. In those days many people were still on dialup connections and only dreamt of the new high speed 1M Broadband being available where they lived.

This website is intended to provide readily available access to the information related to the Parish Council's management of the Parish of Bathford.

I still hold the belief that many people accessing this website are looking for information first and foremost which is why the format is basically unchanged over the years.

I look forward to any constructive comments people may have about it and would like to thank my son David Wickham for doing the hard work in initially programming it (whilst still at school) such that it is still functioning well all these years later.


Richard Wickham
Bathford Parish Councillor and Website Administrator
16th April 2015


Committee Meetings


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.

Amenities

Communications

Finance & Administration

Highways & Footpaths

Planning
Tuesday, 19th May at 6.30pm

If no date is shown, there is currently no scheduled meeting for that committee

02-04-2015


Voter Registration


As you are probably aware the date of the next general election has been set as Thursday 7 May 2015. Local and Parish elections will also take place on that date.

Monday 20th April is the voter registration deadline for 2015, however we would encourage everyone to register as soon as possible.

If you’ve not yet registered to vote, go online now to register at Voter Registration
Your vote matters! Make sure you're in!


Bathford Neighbourhood Watch

We currently need a new co-ordinator due to relocation so please contact us and help keep Bathford a safe and pleasant place to live. The neighbourhood watch is a very important part of the network and the co-ordinator role helps to link people together.

More details can be found on Bathford Neighbourhood Watch

Use the Contact Us link at the bottom of every webpage.
19-06-2014 rjw


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

Village Shop Website

The shop has now setup its own dedicated website and can be found at http://www.bathfordshop.net
11-5-2012

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 Bathford Bulletin website, 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