Resignation of Claire Harvey



Bathford Parish Council


that following the resignation of Cllr Claire Harvey, 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 Wednesday, 8th May 2024), 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.


Jon Cooper

Parish Clerk

Dated: Wednesday, 17th April 2024

*         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.





Following a recent resignation, there is a vacancy available for co-option.

Please contact for more information.

Deadlines for applications is Wednesday 13th March


Resignation of James Bradshaw

James Bradshaw has resigned his position on Bathford Parish Council with immediate effect due to personal circumstances.
Our thanks to James for his service as a Councillor and our best wishes to him for the future.

Audit 2023

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 

Audit 2023



An Act of Parliament requires us to register, or lose, all footpaths which are assumed to have right of way.

The following footpaths have been formally registered with the decision reports shown below

Meadow Park

Footpath alongside the railway line by Bathford Bridge,



Annual Return 2023

Bathford Parish Council agreed this document at it’s meeting on 19th June 2023


CiL Reporting 2021 - 2022

CiL Received in 2021 – 2022

CiL Expenditure in 2021 – 2022

£2,000.00 – Donation towards play equipment for Bathford Church School

CiL Balance at end of 2021 – 2022





By now we will all be attempting to come to terms with the announcement that Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral on 8th September.  

The Queen’s death will mean different things to us all; in a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence – we will all have personal memories and acknowledge the stability she gave us individually and as a country. In an often-turbulent world she was a constant in our lives who we thought would always be there.

Queen Elizabeth II always led with grace and unwavering commitment to duty. I am sure you will join with me in sending our condolences to the Royal Family and particularly to King Charles III who we are confident will maintain his mother’s legacy in the pages of British history.

In the days ahead, as we celebrate the Queen’s extraordinary lifetime of service you may feel you wish to add your own message of condolence in the Condolence Book which is located in the Village Shop, or leave flowers in the porch of St. Swithun’s Church to commemorate and recognise the Queen’s lifetime of service which – as our New Prime Minister said in her statement – “Our country has grown and flourished under her reign; she was the rock on which modern Britain was built”.

As we enter a new era, I am sure you will join with me in supporting King Charles III as he leads us through some difficult, turbulent and changing times – God save the King!

Wendy Chambers

Chair, Bathford Parish Council 


2021/22 Audit Completion

Bathford Parish Council’s audit by PKF Littlejohn has been successfully completed.

Documents can be found here

Parts 1 and 2

Part 3


Audit 2020 - 2021

Bathford Parish Council submitted figures to the external Auditor PKF and had the following form in return

AGAR 2020 – 2021

External Audit Report


Catering Van on Ostlings Lane

The licensing application for the catering van on Ostlings Lane was approved.

The full judgement can be found here.


Public Rights for inspection

The Public Rights of inspection can be found the attached notice


Bathford Display Boards

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: 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.


2019/20 Audit

The linked documents were submitted to PKF Littlejohn to complete the external Audit for 2019/20


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



application form 


Footpath Maps

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

Bathford South

Bathford North


What would happen if there was a fire at Bath Abbey


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


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


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


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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