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Bathford Parish Council - Coronavirus Planning

As of today 5/3/20 the Government is describing Coronavirus 19 as a moderate risk.

The key to the effectiveness of this plan is for everyone to take responsibility for their personal actions.

Initial stage

Currently the Government advice is for people to continue to go to work, school and other public places.

General advice to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading are:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, if this is not possible, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  • Put used tissues into a bin immediately, do not reuse them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially if your hands are not clean
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Before council meetings and activities – Please wash your hands or use hand sanitiser on arrival at any meeting or event and before touching equipment/surfaces 

You are encouraged to carry your own hand sanitizer and use it regularly.

You must stay away from public places (self-isolate) if you have been advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional, but we also request that if you have recently travelled to areas with high rates of infection or had contact with someone that has, not to attend council meetings or activities, please.

We will continue to monitor and act on government advice and keep councillors and staff up to date, all communications will be dated. 

For the latest Government update on the coronavirus visit the official government website – For the latest local Government update on the Coronavirus visit the official local government website

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Resignation of Councillor

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.

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CiL Spending 2018/19

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

 

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Meadow Park Footpath

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

letter

plan

application form 

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New Phone number 01225 858 220

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.

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BRLSI Calendar

Please find the latest Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute (BRLSI)  events list below and contact them for any further information

 

BRLSI May 2019

 

BRLSI June 2019

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Footpath Maps

Up to date copies of Bathford Parish working maps’ currently being used to investigate footpath registration.

Bathford South

Bathford North

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Flower Show - 2019

Please see the document below for the Flower Show classes for 2019.

 

The Flower Show is scheduled to take place on 7th September

Flower Show Classes 2019

Flower Show Entry Form 

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What would happen if there was a fire at Bath Abbey

From BRSLI…

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:

Donald Insall Associates – Windsor Castle

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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, 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.

Great Western Air Ambulance

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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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Message from Parish Hall Management Committee 

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.

 

M Wright

Chairman Parish Hall Committee.

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Police Survey

The Local Police Commissioner has asked if we would be prepared to pay an additional £1 a month towards policing. Go to survey link
https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4492397/f63383e01f33

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Clean Air Zones

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

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Bath Rotary Club - Tommy Appeal

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

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Bathford Railway Bridge

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

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Flower Show - 2018

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

2018 Flower Show Schedule of Classes

Entry Form 

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BANES Financial Pressures.

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.

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Footpath alongside the railway line

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:

Railway Footpath – Decision Notice

Railway Footpath – Decision Report

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Smart cameras to help Council understand and improve air quality

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.

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Potential Skate Park

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

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Community Infrastructure Levy

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.

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Committee Meetings

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Governance Statement 2015/201
Electors Rights to view Accounts 2016

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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.
Clerk
Announcement of completion of Audit

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Village Shop Website

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

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Bathford Parish Council – Coronavirus Planning

As of today 5/3/20 the Government is describing Coronavirus 19 as a moderate risk. The key to the effectiveness of this plan is for everyone to take responsibility for their personal actions. Initial stage Currently the Government advice is for

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Resignation of Councillor

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

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CiL Spending 2018/19

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

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