16/05/2018 - Rights of Way Improvement Plan
The Council are currently consulting on a new Rights of Way Improvement plan which will be in effect until 2026. A copy of the draft ROWIP and details about the consultation can be viewed here.
28/03/2018 - NICE guidance on physical activity and the environment
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have published their guideline on physical activity and the environment. The guidelines themselves can be found here, the supoprting evidence can be found here and further information for the public can be found here.
23/03/2018 - Stamping Around
Families are being encouraged to get outdoors and explore local parks and open spaces as part of a series of new free trails called Stamp Around. Stamp Around is being launched in Keynsham Memorial Park on Wednesday 28 March from 2-4pm and further details can be found here.
25/01/2018 - A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment
DEFRA have recently published their long-term policy document entitled ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’. The document is intended to set out their comprehensive and long-term approach to protecting and enhancing England’s natural landscapes and habitats for the next generation. Chapter 3, which addresses the need to connect people with the environment to improve health and wellbeing, has particular relevance for public rights of way. The document is available in full here.
15/01/2018 - South Keynsham
The Authority has decided to make a public path order to create a new public bridleway near Castle Primary School in Keynsham; the order will be made and advertised shortly. This is part of a number of ongoing improvements in the area which include a separate legal order to create a public footpath between St Clements Road and Park Road, the diversion of a footpath through Abbott's Wood and the surfacing of a number of public footpaths.
04/01/2018 - Regulatory (Access) Committee
The Authority's Regulatory (Access) Commitee will hold a meeting to determine the application to create a public bridleway near Castle Primary School in Keynsham. The meeting is open to the public and will take place at 11.30am on Monday 15th January 2018 at the Council Chamber, Guildhall, High Street, Bath. Members of the public who wish to address the Committee should request to do so no later than two clear working days before the meeting by emailing Democratic_services@bathnes.gov.uk
28/07/2017 - Bath Walking Festival
The first Bathscape Walking Festival will take place between 16th and 24th September 2017. Whether you want to walk longer distances enjoying stunning views across the city, explore the nature in your local area or just meet people and get some fresh air, there’s a walk for you. The walks are free and have a leader, so if you’d like to start walking or would like to discover something new and don’t know where to start, they will be your guide. To find out more visit the Bathscape Walking Festival website on www.bathscapewalkingfestival.co.uk/
03/03/2017 - Keynsham Walking Festival
The second Keynsham Walking Festival will take place on 8-9th April 2017. The festival is run by 'Keynsham Walkers Are Welcome', who have been very successful in encouraging members of the public to get out and enjoy the beautiful countryside around the town. The festival will include a range of walks ranging from 1.5 mile beginner's taster walks up to 6 mile walks for the more experienced walkers. There will also be guided nature walks along the River Avon and a guided history walk taking in Londonderry Wharf and Cleeve Wood. Full details about the festival are available on the festival programme and poster.
13/02/2017 - Sham Castle Field DMMO
Following an investigation and a six-week public consultation, the Authority has rejected an application to record a public footpath through Sham Castle Field in Bathampton near the University of Bath and Bath Golf Club. The landowner was shown to have taken sufficient steps to stop a new public footpath being created through long use by the public. A copy of the Decision Report, which includes the applicable law and the reasons for the Council's decision, can be found here.
08/02/2017 - New Gates
Over the course of the last year, the Public Rights of Way Team have installed 157 gates across the network. The majority of these new gates have replaced old wooden stiles which were in a poor state of repair. Installing gates, rather than stiles, helps to improve the accessibility of the network because many walkers, especially those with hip problems, are able to walk relatively long distances but find it difficult to climb over stiles.