Bathford Parish Council, supported by 60 witnesses, applied for the footpath alongside the Bathford Railway Bridge and across the Avon to be registered. If it had not been registered, it would have been lost as a public right of way. BANES has now confirmed that there have been no objections from Network Rail or anybody else and the route will now be recorded on the Definitive Map. Thanks to all those who supported the application.

The Full Order Can be downloaded

Some younger parishioners with a passion for skateboarding gave a very good presentation to the Parish Council at the last meeting. We are currently investigating the possibility of locating one on the playing field, in the far corner away from properties. Funding will be the ultimate decider, if anybody has any views either way or is aware of funding opportunities please get in touch with the clerk; clerk@bathford.net

Bathford Parish Council received a total of £11,316 via the Community Infrastructure Levy. To date none of this has been spent, it must be spent on infrastructure projects. If you would like more information please contact the Clerk.

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

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Air Ambulance are looking for fundraising volunteers

Great Western Air Ambulance are looking for volunteers, they will be at the Bathford Parish Council APM on the 29th April at the School Hall from 7.30pm if you would like to discuss this in person with them. Could you offer just a few hours of your time as part of a dedicated team of staff and amazing volunteers working together to raise the £3 million necessary to keep the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity operational? We are looking for friendly, approachable and enthusiastic individuals to assist in a whole host of upcoming events, community collections, public presentations – the choice is yours! The hours are totally flexible based on your availability and preferences. Some volunteers commit a few hours a week, some twice a year – we are grateful for all of the help we receive. GWAAC couldn’t provide such vital and advanced emergency services without the help of its volunteers and the support of people like you. We’re involved in hundreds of local events – whether it’s hosting a stall at a school fete, collecting in town centres or servicing our community based collection tins, there are plenty of varied opportunities for our volunteers. • GWAAC provide the critical care and air ambulance service for 2.1 million people across the counties of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol,

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Parish Council – Notice of Election

Elections for the Parish Council and BANES Ward Councillors will take place on 2nd May, the polling station is the Community Rooms on Mountain Wood as usual. An election at Parish level is dependant on more than 11 candidates standing for the Parish Council, otherwise it would not be contested with all nominated persons taking a seat. The Parish Council would like to thanks our Ward Councillors; Alison Millar, Geoff Ward and Martin Veal for all the work they done for the parish. Parish Council Election Notice 


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