Peter Staples has been an officer of the society since 2005, both as Secretary and Chairman and he is now leaving Bathford for pastures new. We are most grateful for his stalwart service and are pleased that he will continue to maintain the website which we believe is unusually comprehensive for a village of this size. We wish him every success. In his place, Peter Martin has been co-opted as Chairman.
The Committee decided that we would not charge a subscription for 2020/21 but that those currently enrolled would continue as members for this coming year. We would like to start the monthly talks as soon as possible. We are aware that whatever government guidelines* might say it is up to you, the members, to decide when you are ready.
For the record, groups of more than six can meet in a Covid-secure venue, such as the Parish Hall.
We have been in consultation with the Parish Hall Committee and they tell us that the two parts of the Covid-secure hall are capable of hosting 40 people socially-distanced. We cannot provide food or drink. On that basis we would be happy to hold our first talk on either Monday October 26th or Monday November 23rd. We would call a ‘barebones AGM’ (lasts for two minutes of the meeting) to officially elect Peter Martin as Chairman and some other business.
Please advise Peter if you would prefer to come on Oct 26 or wait until Nov 30, or until the new year.
Email: email@example.com or tel: 859856. Please give me your email or phone contact details so that I can get back to you.
Bathford Display Boards and Inaugural Parish History Walk
The Parish Council are pleased to have already received very positive feedback from the Parishioners and visitors to the village acknowledging that these boards enhance the street scene and provide an insight into the rich heritage and history of Bathford. For this the Council have had the benefit of the support, and previously published work, of the Bathford Historical Society but it is the Cotswold Conservation Board, and in particular their Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, that have provided the match funding and labour to produce and erect these high quality information and display boards.
The history walk is a highlight featured on the board opposite the shop and it is this short 2.5 mile circular walk up to Browne’s Folly and back which will be led by members of the Council and the Wardens as a community venture starting at 10 am from the shop and finishing at the Village Hall at about 12.30/1pm where lunchtime refreshments will be available. Because of the fluid nature of the government restrictions surrounding Covid 19 further details will be available on this page and posted on the noticeboard at the shop and village hall. However as the current guidance restricts the number in any one gathering to 30 and walking groups of 6 the plan is to take 5 groups at staggered 5 minute intervals to ensure social distancing. There will be an introductory talk and masks and sanitiser will be available for all.
Therefore it would be appreciated if all that wish to join in this event would indicate their interest to the Parish Clerk by e-mail on: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and not later than the end of September.
Watch out for further information and we look forward to seeing and walking with you but please remember to come suitably attired for a walk in the countryside....
The linked documents were submitted to PKF Littlejohn to complete the external Audit for 2019/20...
Bathford Village Flower Show 2020 – SATURDAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2-4.30pm
In light of ongoing concerns about Covid-19 the Committee have decided to cancel this year’s Show in the Parish Hall in order to protect the local community. However we propose a number of alternative activities in which we hope you will participate and enjoy. These will be dependent on Government regulations regarding social distancing and lockdown at that time.
Our aims are:
• To mark Flower Show time by organising some activities that are relevant to the Flower Show.
• To celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Flower Show in Bathford.
• To record some of the Village activities during lockdown that relate to the Flower Show.
- Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Display: We invite all the Village to put out a display at the front of your house or garden to showcase your home grown produce on Show day. Please display fruit, flowers or vegetables you have grown. You can be as creative as you like about how you present your display or simply put out a box. You might like to mark your display with a flag or flower symbol to help others see it (and a note saying it is for display only).
- Children’s Miniature Gardens: All children are invited to make a miniature garden in a standard seed tray using mostly natural materials and bring it the Folly Playing Field for others to see. There will be a small gift for each child who takes part. Please bring your gardens along from 2.00pm. This activity will be marshalled.
- Flower Show Photographic Project: You are invited to take part in a photography project which will
a) Celebrate the 110 yr history of the Village Show – Search for your old photos of the Show that help to tell the story of the last 110 years.
b) Record 2020 Show related activities and your experience of lockdown – Take a 2020 photo of the following:
Baking and Making during Lockdown – a photo of what you baked or made at home while in lockdown, or during 2020.
Gardening during Lockdown – a photo of your garden or favourite flower/plant in your garden.
Photos can be submitted to the project by taking a digital photo and uploading it to the new Bathford Flower Show website http://www.bathfordflowershow.co.uk (from 1 August 2020) Maximum of 3 lockdown photos per household. Submission of the photo is deemed to give consent for its use in publications.
Digital photos are preferred if possible, but if not (for example if they are old prints), post hard copy photos in a self addressed envelope (so that it can be returned) in the collection point at the Village Shop. Please include your name, date and up to 50words to explain the photo.
Please send in your photos by 31st August 2020.
The Flower Show web site will have a photo gallery.
We also hope to produce a photobook commemorating the 110yrs of the Show. A display copy will be made available and it will be possible to order copies later in the year.
- Tree Planting
We are developing plans for planting a tree in the Village to commemorate 110yrs of the Flower Show¬ paid for from Show funds.
PLEASE WILL ALL CUP WINNERS FROM 2019 RETURN THEIR CUPS TO THE VILLAGE SHOP BY 1st AUGUST. Many thanks.
If you have any questions then please email email@example.com or visit our facebook page
Bathford Parish Council
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that following the resignation of Cllr David Le Lohé, a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for Bathford Parish Council.
If, within 14 days* after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than Friday 26 June 2020), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW, by TEN electors for Bathford Parish Council, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
The request must be signed by ten persons who, at the time of the request, are listed on the electoral register as local government electors for Bathford Parish Council. The ten signatures should be accompanied by printed names, addresses and, if known, electoral numbers.
Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, if an election is called, it will not take place until May 2021.
Dated: Monday 8 June 2020
* In computing any period of time for this purpose a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded....
Zoom online meetings will be used for all Parish Council and Committee meetings which may be held during the social distancing measures.
An event will be created which can be found on the calendar on the homepage of this website or you can click here to reach it.
Please select the event you would like to join. It will have (online) next to it to confirm it is a virtual meeting.
There will be a link to click which should take you straight to meeting page. The password will also be shown which you can enter when prompted.
The same procedure will be used for the online chat groups....
Councillor Maureen Millbank has resigned from the Parish Council, we would like to thank her for all her efforts over many years.
Following a councillors resignation, 10 parishioners can request an election be held, as per the terms in the attached file.
The post will otherwise be filled by co-option, if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please contact the Clerk for more details....
Reporting period: CIL Monies received by the Council in. 2018/19
a) CIL Receipts
Total amount of CIL received in financial year (2018/19) £0
b) CIL Expenditure
Total amount of CIL spent in financial year (2018/19) £25,000
c) Items on which CIL has been spent
(i) the items to which CIL has been applied; (ii) the amount of CIL expenditure on each item Playground equipment £25,000
d) Monies requested / recovered from Parish Council (Reg 59E, 59F)
Monies which have been requested, or recovered, from the Parish Council in the financial year (2018/19) Nil
e) CIL retained
i. Total amount of CIL received in the financial year (2018/19) and retained (unspent) at the end of the reported year (2018/19) £0
ii. Total amount of CIL received in previous year(s) and retained (unspent) at the end of the reported year (2018/19) £6,177
Total CIL receipts retained (unspent) £6,177
There is a new Deregulation Act, shortly to come into effect, with which we will lose the right to use unregistered footpaths. That part of the footpath from Meadow Walk through the Amenity / Woodland to Meadow Park is unregistered. Bathford PC has decided that the footpath is sufficiently important for there to be an application for its registration.
To help in registering it please see the information below
Please use 01225 858 220 to contact the Parish Council
It has not been possible to transfer the old number to the new line, we are in the process of updating any documentation where the number is shown....
Please find the latest Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute (BRLSI) events list below and contact them for any further information
Up to date copies of Bathford Parish working maps’ currently being used to investigate footpath registration.
The terrible fire at Notre Dame in Paris made your Editor ponder how Bath Abbey would fare in a blaze? An enquiry to Avon Fire & Rescue produced this reassuring reply from David Lindsay:
“Our records show that Bath Abbey complies with the Fire Service Order 2006. This act ensures that the building is maintained to a high level to ensure the people that use the building are safe. It purpose is also to keep the building as safe as possible from accidental fires starting.
The Notre Dame fire was possibly caused by renovation work being carried out. It’s a sad and unfortunate accident.The French fire service did what they could to save it with the equipment they had.
As for Bath Abbey with regards to firefighting, Avon Fire and Rescue has 4 aerial appliances that would easily reach all parts of the roof. There is also an unlimited water supply via the river.
I hope this answers your questions, you can rest assured that the Abbey is good hands and if for whatever reason it did have a fire in the roof we have the right equipment to deal with it safely”.
What these situations are like can be understood by having a look at the great fire of Windsor:
The local company Donald Insall Associates, just the other side of Queen Square from BRLSI are specialists at dealing with historic buildings:
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, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and surrounding areas.
• In 2018 the charity celebrated ten years since its first flight
• The GWAAC Critical Care Team consists of a highly trained and experienced Specialist Paramedic in Critical Care and Critical Care Doctor, who bring the skill and expertise of an Emergency Department to the patient at the scene of the incident.
• 2018 the Critical Care Team attended 1,887 jobs: by helicopter or by one of our critical care cars, making it the busiest year to date.
• We need to raise over £3 million each year to stay operational, but receive no day to day funding from the Government or National Lottery.
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.
Dear Parish Hall Users,
If you live in the village you will know that the Parish Hall Committee are planning to replace the roof. The roof is approximately 100 years old and showing signs of deterioration, and also contains 5% Chrysotile asbestos.
It was originally planned to carry out the work by a specialists Contractor during the summer school holidays, however, a large proportion of the funds raised ( 60,000 pounds) has to be paid before July, so the new start date was brought forward to cover the Easter Holiday (April 1 – 25). I understand today that the Contractor has requested an earlier start date of 25th March to erect scaffolding and completely tent the whole building.
During the first week (25th – 29th March) the hall will be out of bounds during the day but can be used in the evening. Thereafter, nobody will be allowed to pass through the gate.
Sincere apologies for the short notice and disruption caused.
I am making inquiries with the RBL/Village Club, Mountain Wood Community Room (Polling Station) and the Church for possible alternative venues. Please contact me if you are interested.
Chairman Parish Hall Committee....
The Local Police Commissioner has asked if we would be prepared to pay an additional £1 a month towards policing. Go to survey link
BANES has been instructed to cut Nitrogen Dioxide levels to legal limits and create clean air zones in Bath for which vehicles are likely to be charged for entry. There is now a period of consultation with drop in sessions and one to one surgeries designed for more specific concerns. For more information http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-breathes-2021/get-involved...
Bath Rotary club has proposed to BANES council that there should be at least one “Tommy” installed in Bath to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 and the council have agreed. In order that the cost of this exercise does not detract from our other charitable donations they have produced a mydonate page specifically to raise the cost of Tommies.
The Tommies are 6ft silhouettes of a WW1 soldier which are being installed all around the country. All the proceeds from the sale of these goes to Military charities such as Help for Heroes.
This video on youtube gives a fuller story https://youtu.be/g50viJ3J94A
The mydonate page is at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/tommie/475826...
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.
This year’s Flower Show will take place on Saturday 1st September 2018 and a list of the Classes is attached for reference. Printed Schedules will available during July from the normal outlets, including the Village Shop. Entry forms will be printed along with the Schedule and should be completed and handed in to the Secretary on the evening of Wednesday 29th August at the Parish Hall, as usual.
Please click on the links below and select ‘download’ on the next page
At the Annual Parish Meeting we were given a comprehensive presentation by BANES Councillor Charles Gerrish of the Council’s financial position and of the pressures that it faces. The most startling fact was that eighty percent of the council’s revenue is spent on adult and children’s ‘social care’. Funding for schools comes under a separate arrangement in which government money is passed straight onto the schools. The obvious conclusion is that all other expenditure, pot holes, libraries and so on must come from the 20 percent, or £22m remaining. Despite this pressure, the council has to reduce expenditure by £58m by 2020. Hence the severe pressure on expenditure.
Click here for a graph depicting the break down in their available funds, then click ‘download’ at the bottom of that page....
A new Act of Parliament requires us to register, or lose, all footpaths which are assumed to have right of way.
The footpath alongside the railway line by Bathford Bridge, on land owned by Network Rail has, after an application by Bathford Parish Council, been registered by BANES. There is, however, a 42 day window for an appeal so the registration is not immediate. If Network Rail do appeal, there will be a public enquiry. The Parish Council believes that the path is well used and should be a public footpath and will give evidence to this effect at any enquiry.
The very thorough decision documents are available:
Smart cameras and equipment to count incoming traffic are to be deployed by Bath & North East Somerset Council at a range of locations including rush hour hotspots over the coming weeks.
The temporary measures, installation of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and automated traffic count (ATC) equipment, are aimed at building up a better understanding of the sort of vehicles that journey into and out of Bath as proposals are developed to improve air quality along the A4 London to Bath road.
The Council has worked closely with the central government Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) on the nature and extent of the surveys which will run for two weeks from Friday with additional traffic counts being carried out to supplement the ANPR data.
Bath has been identified by the Government as an area where nitrogen dioxide levels are projected to exceed national air quality objectives beyond 2021.Work being undertaken by the Council will explore measures which will improve air quality.
The Council is preparing an initial action plan which will be finalised by March 2018 to be followed by a final draft before the end of next year. This strategy will build upon the wider Bath Air Quality Action Plan which is currently being consulted on.
Councillor Bob Goodman, (Conservative, Combe Down) Cabinet Member for Development and Neighbourhoods, said: “This technology is being deployed only to gather information for the basis of our Air Quality Action Plan to help us improve air quality. It will not be used for any other purposes.
“We know that there is increasing evidence that air quality has an important effect on public health, the economy and the environment and tackling vehicle emissions and improving air quality is one of the most urgent challenges in towns and cities across the UK.”
Consultation on the Bath Air Quality Action Plan runs until November 26, 2017. A number of public information sessions have already been held and further drop-in sessions will be held at
Morrisons supermarket, on London Road, Bath, on Thursday, November 2, from 5 to 7pm and on Monday, November 6, from 1 to 3pm.
Photo opportunity: 12:15pm on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 with Cllr Bob Goodman at Location 8 on the attached map showing locations of monitoring equipment....
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; firstname.lastname@example.org...
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....
Meetings of Bathford Parish Council’s Committees are shown on the events calendar on the homepage . These are usually held in the Parish Office and are open to the public. Agendas are available on request.
If no date is shown, there is currently no scheduled meeting for that committee...
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Announcement of completion of Audit