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Pavement parking - actions by SPC

Thank you to everyone who contacted Saltford Parish Council about pavement parking.  

At its July meeting Councillors discussed your responses to our request for problematic locations. Councillors resolved to raise awareness of the dangers of pavement parking and to request support from the police.

Beat Officers have let us know that pavement parking is something they can deal with, and that they will visit the list of locations given to the parish council and deal with any offences. Police will monitor the locations provided by Saltford Parish Council on an ongoing basis.

Residents are encouraged to call the Police via 101 to report any problematic instances of pavement parking. They request that are contacted at the time of it occurring, so a member of the team can attend and deal with the situation.


Statement to the West of England Joint Spatial Plan Examination

At its July meeting, Saltford Parish Council agreed its statement to the West of England Joint Spatial Plan Examination.

A copy of the response can be found here.

It was also agreed at the meeting that Cllr Phil Harding (Chair of Planning Committee) and Cllr Adrian Betts (Vice Chair of Planning Committee) will lead on representation of Saltford Parish Council at the West of England Joint Spatial Plan examination. 


Parish Walk - 11th June 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us on SPC's annual Parish Walk. It may have been a bit grey and drizzly but that did not stop us from having a great evening walk to Kelston and back.

Once at Kelston itself the group divided into two with most people heading to the top of the round hill. Those who wanted a less steep walk opted for the shorter level walk and enjoyed a leisurely stroll back towards Saltford. Both walks provided lovely views of our village.

A special thanks goes to Robin and Cheryl, our experienced guides, for leading the walk again this year.


Pavement Parking - SPC wants your input!

Pavement parking has been reported to Saltford Parish Council by several residents as an issue in the village.

Vehicles parked on the pavements force people into the road, which is particularly dangerous for many, including blind and partially sighted people, parents with pushchairs and young children, wheelchair users and others who use mobility aids.

Councillors will be discussing the issue of pavement parking at the next SPC meeting on Tuesday 2nd July (7:15pm, Saltford Hall).

If you know a road in Saltford where pavement parking is problematic, please let us know prior to the meeting. Locations will be passed onto Councillors to consider for discussion.

You can contact SPC via the Parish Clerk at or write (you can post or leave a note on the Parish Office desk) to Parish Office, Saltford Library, 478a Bath Rd, BS31 3DJ. You can also comment on our social media posts, and members of the public are welcome to attend and speak at the meeting.


Internal and External Audit 2018/19

Information and documents relating to Saltford Parish Council's audited annual accounts are now available under Annual Returns on our website.

Saltford Parish Council manages its income responsibly, appropriately, and transparently in line with its Financial Regulations. Spend is decided at public meetings and every bank transaction is authorised by two Councillors.

Every month (bar August when the Council does not meet) SPC's Schedule of Expenditure and Monthly Financial Report are published on our website with the agenda. These documents are approved at SPC meetings and are recorded in the minutes. 

Minutes are displayed on the website here and also on the SPC noticeboard.  


 SPC Policy Overview

At the first meeting of the newly elected Saltford Parish Council on 17th May, the following policy overview was adopted:

Saltford Parish Council is in favour of protecting the Green Belt around the village from development including from fracking and a road bypass (that would be infilled with housing); reopening the railway station on the existing site; and that Saltford should continue to be a caring community that encourages Fairtrade and looks after the environment whilst aiming for a lighter ecological footprint that is more climate friendly for the benefit of future generations.

Overgrown vegetation by public paths

SPC has received reports about overgrown vegetation on or near public footpaths causing problems for residents.

Vegetation encroaching on paths can result in access issues, such as people having to walk on the road due to reduced space on the path. There are also safety concerns, for example the risk of injury due to a branch at eye-level.

Saltford Parish Council wishes to remind landowners that they have a duty to cut back vegetation so that it does not obstruct or make public paths difficult to use. 

It is the duty of B&NES Council to maintain the public's right to use public footpaths. As such B&NES Council will take action where necessary to ensure that this duty is met.

If you are affected by limited access on paths due to vegetation and you wish to report a specific location, you can contact B&NES Council using their 'Report It' form here

Alternatively, you can contact the team by phone via Council Connect on 01225 394041.

Further information on the B&NES website about pavement damage or obstruction can be found here

Police and Public Forum - Keynsham Civic Centre, Wednesday 19 June.

Residents are invited to put their questions to Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and ACC Steve Cullen. For more information see here.


SPC's annual 'Parish Walk' - 11th June 2019

SPC's FREE event at the Saltford Festival, ‘The Parish Walk’ will take place on the evening of Tuesday 11th June – everyone is welcome (including well behaved dogs!)

Once again this walk will be led by two knowledgeable walking guides.

We will depart and return to The Shallows via Kelston Village and Kelston Mills. During the walk the group will split into two, with the shorter walk remaining on reasonably level ground. You can view the shorter route here. The second group, for those would like a more challenging walk, will continue up to Kelston Round Hill. You can view the route here.

The Parish Walk will set off from The Shallows Car Park at 7pm, and we hope that many residents will be able to join us. Please remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and to bring a bottle of water with you.

Photograph taken by Cllr Phil Harding in May 2019.


Saltford Parish Council election results

Following the Parish Council elections held on 2nd May 2019, the following candidates have been declared as Saltford Parish Councillors:

Adrian Betts, Marie Carder, Will Feay, Jon Godfrey, Gary Graveling, Phil Harding, Duncan Hounsell, Adam Rees-Leonard, Rob Taylor, Sally Turner and Chris Warren.

The Notice of Election results can be found here (see page 13).

All Saltford Parish Council candidates stood as Independents.

The current Saltford Parish Council retired on Tuesday 7th May, the same date that the newly elected Saltford Parish Council came into office.

Contact information for the newly elected Councillors to Saltford Parish Council is available here. You can also contact Councillors via the Parish Clerk, please see here for details.

Notice for the first meeting of the newly elected Saltford Parish Council has been displayed for Friday 17th May, 7:15pm, Saltford Hall. The public are welcome to attend and speak at meetings.

B&NES Ward Councillors 

Following elections on 2nd May 2019, Saltford Ward declared its B&NES Council Saltford Ward Councillors.

Duncan Hounsell (Liberal Democrat) and Alastair Singleton (Liberal Democrat) were elected.

Contact details for both Saltford Ward B&NES Councillors are available here (please scroll to the end of the page).



Saltford Parish Council elections - 2nd May 2019

Please see here for our elections newsletter. 

A poll will be held on Thursday 2nd May 2019 between 7am and 10pm. There are twelve candidates standing for election, the persons listed on the Notice of Poll (p.10) have been validly nominated. The number of Councillors to be elected in Saltford is eleven.

The situation of the polling station (p.10) for the election of Councillors to Saltford Parish Council is Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, Saltford BS31 3BY. Staff will direct residents to the correct desk on arrival.

(B&NES Saltford Ward Council elections will also be taking place at the same date, time and location as above.)

The current Saltford Parish Council will retire on Tuesday 7th May, the same date that the newly elected Saltford Parish Council come into office.

The first full council meeting of the new Saltford Parish Council will take place on Friday 17th May 2019, starting at 7:15pm in the Avon Room at Saltford Hall. The agenda will be issued three days before the meeting, and the public are welcome to attend. 


Community Award Winners 2019 Announced!

Saltford Parish Council were pleased to welcome so many residents to its Annual Parish Meeting on 2nd April. The SPC Community Awards took place as part of the meeting, and the Parish Council were delighted to award seven individuals or groups with awards. For more information about our award winners visit the 'Community Awards' page.

Winners were as follows:

Saltford Achievement Award – Julie Sampson (Saltford Wombles)

Saltford Achievement Award – Mary Stoate (Library Volunteer Co-ordinator, collected by Ian Purnell on Mary’s behalf)

Saltford Achievement Award – Catherine Singleton (Saltford Scouts)

Saltford Achievement Award – Kevin Reeves (Saltford Stars and Saltford Business Network)

Volunteer Team Award – Saltford Primary School Parent Teacher Association (collected by Ruth Presswood, Emma Willet and Suzanne Young)

Volunteer Team Award – Saltford Community Hub Library Volunteers (collected by Bob Wiggins and Marian O’Leary)

Business in the Community Award – Saltford Community Library and Post Office (collected by David Halton, Chair, and Fred Smedley, Secretary)

The photo shows the award winners with their certificates, and each award winner has donated their £70 prize to the local organisation of their choice. 

Saltford Parish Council were delighted to publicly recognise the valuable contribution the above volunteers have made to the Saltford community, and would like to thank everyone who attended the Annual Parish Meeting.


SPC submits comprehensive Joint Local Transport Plan consultation response 

SPC agreed its response to the Joint Local Transport Plan 4 consultation at its March meeting.

In answer to 'What does Saltford want?' SPC stated: The answer is a re-opened station as part of Metro West, development of the Midland Railway Path as a mass transit route, the withdrawal of references to bypass options, investment in walking, cycling, and buses. Heavy goods vehicles on journeys which often originate from sea ports need to be directed to national routes well away from the A4.

To read Saltford Parish Council's full response click here.

The JLTP4 consultation ends on 20th March 2019. For more information, including how residents can respond to the consultation, visit 


High hedges – How to agree what is right for you and your neighbours

Tall evergreen hedges such as leylandii can sometimes cause problems between neighbours. Amongst other issues, high hedges can impede a person’s enjoyment of their home through affecting light or access.

Saltford Parish Council always suggests that neighbours try to solve the problems between themselves in the first instance. For guidance on how to approach your neighbours about high hedges, see Over the Garden Hedge which provides a comprehensive suggested process.

Approaching B&NES Council should be viewed as a last resort after all efforts of negotiation have been exhausted. B&NES Council has the power in some circumstances to adjudicate between neighbours on high hedges and can issue (and enforce) a ‘Remedial Notice’ requiring changes to the hedge. Please note that a fee is payable when applying for this service, and the complainant needs to show that they have tried to resolve the issue with their neighbour before applying. You can find more information on the High Hedges page of the B&NES website.


The Little Book of Big Scams

Avon and Somerset Constabulary have reported an increase in the number of rogue traders in the B&NES area. To raise awareness of this and other scams, see The Little Book of Big Scams here which has a section on door-to-door fraud on page 30.

Avon and Somerset Contabulary state: "We want to remind residents to be wary of any unexpected callers offering goods or services. Always use tradespeople who have been recommended by a trusted source, and never pay in advance or cash. Remember you should be given a 14-day cooling off period before any works starts"

If you have any information regarding rogue trader incidents, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. 



SPC Cllrs attend launch of JLTP4

Saltford Parish Council was strongly represented at the launch of the West of England's Joint Local Transport Plan (JLTP) 4th consultation, held on Monday 11th February at the Somerdale Pavilion. Pictured L-R are Cllr Duncan Hounsell, Cllr Adrian Betts, Cllr Phil Harding (Vice Chair) and Cllr Chris Warren (Chair). The draft plan and consultation questionniare can be found at, the consultation closes on 20th March 2019. Councillors will discuss JLTP4 at the March SPC meeting which takes place on 5th March at 7.15pm in the Avon Room at Saltford Hall. 



SPC's key actions and achievements May 2015 - January 2019

At SPC's February meeting, Chris Warren, Chair of Saltford Parish Council, summarised the key actions and achievements of the current council. To read the full report please see here.

These have been grouped under the following headings: Community infrastructure and heritage; Community events; Lobbying and public consultation responses; Traffic and environmental issues; Local planning matters; Communicating with residents; Community care and support; and Financial responsibility. 

Re-opening Saltford Railway Station – update

Councillors at Saltford Parish Council (SPC) are continuing to lobby for the re-opening Saltford Railway Station at its current site.

Read the open letter sent to all relevant bodies and local media in November 2018 here.

A response to SPC’s letter was received from Cllr Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, in January 2019. Cllr Bowles stated that following his and Cllr Tim Warren’s (Leader of B&NES Council) discussions, their intervention had ensured that a new railway station at Saltford will feature in a map of transport improvements in the Joint Local Transport Plan. The Joint Local Transport Plan will be open for public consultation in January 2019.

Read Saltford Parish Council’s comprehensive response to Cllr Tim Bowles’s letter, which has been copied in to over 20 relevant people and organisations, here. This includes how SPC will respond to the Joint Local Transport Plan (referred to as JLTP4 in the letter) as well as the actions and information requested by SPC following the close of the consultation.

Parish Councillors will discuss further actions to achieve the re-opening of Saltford Railway Station at the February SPC meeting (Item 10 the agenda). For more information about SPC's public meetings please visit our 'Meeting Dates, Agendas and Minutes' webpage.


Saltford Parish Council 2019/20 Precept

Saltford Parish Council has agreed its budget for the 2019/20 financial year. The amount of precept (tax) to be levied will increase to £33,840.

In 2018/19 SPC received £32,861 in precept plus a £250 B&NES Council Tax Support Grant, totaling £33,111.

B&NES has withdrawn the Council Tax Support Grant for the year 2019/20. As such £33,840 is an overall 2.2% increase on £33,111, in line with the rate of inflation (as of Nov 2018). 

Given the tax base set by B&NES for Saltford Parish, this is a rise of 60p per year per Band D property, or 1.15p per week (the charge for a Band D property in 2018/19 was 18.32, in 2019/20 it will be £18.92, this is an overall 3.3% precept increase).

 SPC grants SCA funding for three free Wi-Fi hot spots

Saltford Parish Council has agreed to make a grant to Saltford Community Association of £1113.58 to fund the provision of three free Wi-Fi hot spots in Saltford. The three hot spots will be based at Saltford Hall, Saltford Community Post Office & Library and the red phone box opposite the Bird in Hand pub. Members of the Saltford community and other visitors requiring free internet access are expected to benefit from the project. Look out for more details in the future.

SPC sets aside money each year for financial assistance grants that local groups can apply for to support an initiative or development that would benefit the residents of Saltford. Please see our website for more information. All documents are available on our website under ‘Council Responsibilities’ or from the office.


Saltford Parish Council Community Awards 2019

Nomination forms are already coming through but there is still plenty of time to send yours to the Clerk. Do you know a person, group or business that contributes to community spirit and deserves recognition? If so please view the Saltford Parish Council Awards criteria and process information and submit a nomination form to the Parish Council by 8th February 2019


SPC's response to the Shale Gas Development (Fracking) Consultation

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is seeking views on whether applicants in England should be required to conduct pre-application consultation with the local community prior to submitting a planning application for shale gas development (fracking).

Read SPC's response to the consultation here.

To find out more about the consultation and to have your say visit here.

The consultation closes on 7th January 2019. 



SPC's response to the B&NES Local Plan Options Consultation

Saltford Parish Council agreed its response to the B&NES Local Plan Options consultation at its meeting on Tuesday 4th December. Read the full response here.

It makes a number of recommendations concerning protecting the Green Belt around both Keynsham and Saltford, raises the question of “net environmental gain”, and makes specific recommendations concerning the proposals for relocating Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park eastwards to encroach on Saltford’s Green Belt. 

To find out more about the B&NES Local Plan Options Consultation visit here (deadline for responses 7th January 2019). 


Re-opening Saltford Railway Station

Re-opening Saltford Railway Station remains a high priority for Saltford Parish Council.

Read the open letter sent to all relevant bodies and local media here



Saltford FC officially open new barrier as funded by support from Saltford Parish Council 

Following a very generous grant from Saltford Parish Council and additional financial aid provided by Saltford Sports Club, Saltford FC are proud to formally open their new crowd barrier.

The new barrier means that the pitch now meets the requirements of the County Premier league which is Saltford FCs next promotion target. It also moves Saltford FC forward by providing a more professional appearance for visitors, and also removes the inherent health and safety issues that were had with the old rope barrier it replaces.

Saltford Parish Council sets aside a small amount of money each year for financial assistance grants. Local groups can apply for a grant to support an initiative or development that would benefit the residents of Saltford. Following discussion about the grant application at its March meeting, Saltford Parish Council were pleased to award Saltford FC £3,407.50 towards the costs of the new barrier.

Phil Saunder, Chair of Saltford FC, states: "Financial planning for the barrier started in January 2018 when it appeared that our First team were heading for a top two finish in their Somerset County League division which would normally have led to promotion into the Premier Division where this type of barrier is a requirement. Eventually we did finish second but due to league restructuring we were denied promotion. After the Parish Council agreed to support us in March we secured the other funding we needed and placed the order. Thanks to Martyn and John from Keynsham Fencing and Landscaping the barrier was installed with hours to spare before our cup match against Fry’s in early October – it must have been a lucky omen as we went on to win 1 nil! Let’s hope it continues to spur us on for the rest of the season and gain the promotion we deserve."

Other benefits include a big reduction in the time taken to prepare the pitch on match days. It also provides Saltford FC with the ideal platform to display sponsorship boards to attract much needed finance to the club.

Photo shows members of Saltford FC, including Chair Phil Saunder, alongside Saltford Parish Councillors Chris Warren (Chair) and Phil Harding (Vice Chair) and staff from Keynsham Fencing and Landscaping.


WW1 Centenary Commemorative Event - 11th November 2018

An estimated 300 people attended the fantastic WW1 event held at Saltford Hall on the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday. This free event was organised  by Saltford Parish Council, Saltford Community Association and Saltford Environment Group.

Visitors to Saltford Parish Council's display were particularly interested in the results of the WW1 Saltford Genealogy Project. This project, funded by the Parish Council, enabled six local residents to have an ancestor's World War 1 service researched. To find out more about how to research your own family history click here.

Visitors also enjoyed viewing displays by SEG and Saltford School, singing along to music from the period performed by a live band, sampling '1918 war cake' and much more. 

It was a great afternoon bringing the community together on this special day of remembrance, and through refreshment donations raised funds for the Royal British Legion. 



Saltford residents gather at the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday 2018

A large crowd of Saltford residents gathered by the newly refurbished War Memorial at 11am to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. 

Uniformed youth, including the Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and Guides paraded to and from the War Memorial as part of the commemorations.

Alongside many others, a wreath was laid by SPC Chair Cllr Chris Warren on behalf of Saltford Parish Council.



Saltford Parish Council Community Awards 2019

Do you know a person, group or business that contributes to community spirit and deserves recognition? If so please view the Saltford Parish Council Awards criteria and process information and submit a nomination form to the Parish Council by 8th February 2019 




Saltford Neighbourhood Watch AGM

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the Saltford Neighbourhood Watch AGM on 7th November. PC Samantha Kayser (Beat Manager) gave the following summary at the meeting: 

We are working hard to maintain a visible police presence in Keynsham and surrounding areas. We continue to encourage members of the community to contact the police to report any suspicious activity. We rely on intelligence and information from those around us to assist in keeping our communities safe.The colder weather and the darker evenings are here so we would encourage everyone to think about their security, even when at home. All doors and windows should be left secure when out and when at home, consideration should be given to the parts of the house which are not occupied (for example if you are in the back garden and the front door is unlocked). Consider leaving a light on if you are out for the evening to give the impression somebody is at home. Think about where house and car keys are kept. Vulnerable keys leave cars and other premises potentially at risk. Advice is available on home security if required. Please feel free to contact your local beat team.

Beat Officers for Keynsham and surrounding areas

PC 4135 Kerry GRACE – Beat Manager (Saltford)

07739 628670

PC 3803 James EVANS – Beat Manager

07889 656353

PCSO 9973 Christopher PURVEY – Police Community Support Officer

07889 659620

PCSO 8149 Sarah HEWLETT – Police Community Support Officer

07889 656605

The above contacts are for information and non-urgent enquiries only. If officers are on rest days, leave or sick there may be a delay in responding. If you wish to report an incident or a crime or need to speak to a Police Officer you should contact 101. For all emergencies call 999.

Photo taken by Cllr Phil Harding, showing Cllr Duncan Hounsell (who organised the meeting) with Saltford residents and Avon & Somerset Community Officers. 


SPC funded barrier star of the match!

In March, Saltford Parish Council were pleased to grant Saltford FC £3407.50 towards the newly installed safety barrier for players and officials. 

Photo shows Cllr Duncan Hounsell and members of Saltford FC at the cup match on Saturday 13th October - Saltford FC vs Fry's Keynsham - the first match played with the new barriers (Saltford FC won!) 




Saltford Neighbourhood Watch AGM - 7th November 7-8pm 

Hosted by Saltford Parish Council and Avon & Somerset Police, the AGM is open to all residents. Meet your Avon & Somerset Community Officers and have a say in the issues that matter to you in your community. The AGM will take place in the Avon Room at Saltford Hall. The latest NHW newsletter can be found here.




B&NES Flooding information for residents

As winter approaches, drainage issues may arise and potentially cause flooding. B&NES have recently published their autumn Flood Rep Newsletter containing information and advice, including how to protect your property and how to report flooding. If you are interested in being a Flood Rep please contact the Parish Clerk for details.




Results from Saltford Parish Council's First World War genealogy project will be on display at the Centenary event.

This free public event, held in conjunction with Saltford Community Association and Saltford Environment Group, will be held at Saltford Hall on Sunday 11th November between 2-5pm. Click here for more information.




Saltford Parish Council re-opens - The Parish Office has re-opened following its temporary closure due to the Saltford Community Library and Post Office Hub refurbishment. Please note that the Parish Clerk works part-time, so if you would like to meet please arrange in advance.

Photo taken at the Library and Post Office opening ceremony on 24th September by Cllr Phil Harding.




Planning Permission - a helpful guide for Saltford residents by Cllr Duncan Hounsell 




Saltford Heritage Centre open 16th September

Visit Saltford Heritage Centre on 16th September 2:30-4:30pm - including new 'Historic Maps of Saltford' display

See here for further information 



Lest We Forget

New railings and gate, made by Kelston Forge, have been installed on Saltford War Memorial . . .

. . . in time for the centenary of World War One on 11.11.18 

New parking regulations

B&NES Council has made a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to introduce:

  • No stopping on entrance markings at any time in lengths of Claverton Road
  • A 2-hour Limited Waiting Bay, operating Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm, in lengths of Manor Road (to serve the new Community Library / Post Office)

Saltford's first Refill station: refill your water bottle and avoid plastic waste

Saltford Hall, open during the day and on most early evenings, is Saltford's first venue to be registered as a Refill station. Refill is the national tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle easy, convenient and cheap by introducing refill points on every street. Download the free Refill app via to find refill stations across the UK. 

Stand for Saltford Parish Council in May 2019

Community minded? Want to have a say on what happens locally? How about standing for election to Saltford Parish Council in May 2019 when a new Council is formed for another four year period?

Saltford Parish Council has 11 councillors. If more than 11 come forward in May 2019, this triggers an election among the voters of Saltford. An election generates interest and discussion of village matters and gives confidence to those who are elected. The level of commitment required as a councillor varies: the minimum expectation is that a councillor attends a monthly meeting (except August). However, councillors may choose to join other committees and working groups and represent the Council on other bodies.

To view the Electoral Commission's guidance and resources about being a candidate at a parish election in England click here. 

If you stand for election, please be aware that if elected, Saltford Parish Council's 'New Councillor Training Session' will take place on Tuesday 7th May at 7:15pm, and the first meeting of the newly elected Council will take place on Friday 17th May 2019 at 7:15pm in the Avon Room at Saltford Hall.

The process of standing for election is straightforward. The contact for all aspects of this electoral process is the Electoral Services Officer, B&NES Council, Guildhall, Bath BA1 5AW. Tel: 01225 477333 Email: 

Nomination papers simply require that you have a proposer and a seconder. Your and their electoral registration numbers will be needed. Nomination papers to stand for SPC can be found here  (the Parish Clerk can also print out nomination papers for anyone interested in standing, please contact the Clerk in advance). A copy of the electoral register is available for public inspection under supervision in the Bath Record Office, at the Guildhall in Bath. Please check the Bath Record Office opening times before arranging your visit. It is advised that nomination papers are returned in person to The Guildhall, Bath, in all circumstances, by the closing time and date for nominations (see timetable above). Note that Saltford currently has two polling districts and two registers. Full details including closing dates for nominations will be on B&NES Council's website nearer the time.

If you would like more information on the role of the Parish Council please contact the Parish Clerk at Saltford Library or any of the current councillors. The website provides much useful information as well. 


A message from the Chair

Myself and my fellow Councillors who currently make up Saltford Parish Council have been as surprised as anyone at several recent developments to affect the village. The lack of prior warning or explanation to the residents directly affected and to the Parish Council of the announcement of a change to a prior agreement made with residents and after nearly three years of meetings and discussions about Mead Lane, that returned the situation back to virtually the original highly unsatisfactory situation, is very disappointing. The request from B&NES that the Parish Council consider taking over the running of Wedmore Road car park came out of the blue. Equally the ill thought out proposals for parking restrictions along the High Street came as a total surprise to all of us. The first the Parish Council knew of this was after public notices were tied to a few lamp posts!

This current arrangement is far from satisfactory and causes unnecessary stress and anxiety to concerned residents. As a Statutory Body we will be requesting that B&NES and its representatives drastically improve its lines of communication with the community and hope that the Parish Council is first to know of any changes that affect Saltford.

The forthcoming Parish Charter will hopefully address these situations but in the meantime the Parish Council is very disappointed with the lack of engagement and consultation from the Local Authority and its Ward Councillors. 

Chris Warren, Chair, Saltford Parish Council, May 2018

Air quality improves again on Bath Road

There is a target level for NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide) of an annual average of 40 (or below) micrograms per cubic metre of air. The figures for 2017 show that this target was met at both monitoring points in the Air Quality Monitoring Zone (AQMZ) on a section of the Bath Road, Saltford. The figure recorded at The Crown was 37 and the figure recorded at 562 Bath Road was 33. The AQMZ will remain in place for quite some time to make sure that these improvements are sustained. A comparison to these figures is on the London Road, Bath, where the recorded level was 67. 


Saltford Post Office / Library project March 2018

The Parish Council is making a financial contribution of £2000 in the financial year 2018/19 to the Saltford Post Office / Library project. The new non-profit-making subsidiary of Saltford Community Association has made a three-year business plan for the combined Post Office and Library, and hopes to have it up and running by June 2018.




Grant to Saltford Football Club March 2018

A grant has been made to Saltford Football Club towards the erection of a new barrier around the first team pitch. The barrier segregates players and spectators, thus providing a measure of safety and protection for players and officials. Also it will meet the requirements of the County League and will present a much more professional image for the Football Club. The Parish Council's financial contribution was £3407, which is equal to half the cost of the barrier. 


Wedmore Road car park March 2018

B&NES Council has offered to grant a 10 or 20 year lease to the Parish Council for Wedmore Road car park. The proposed terms would be that all ongoing maintenance liabilities and responsibilities would pass to the Parish Council for the duration of the lease, and that the Parish Council would be obliged to continue operating the facility as a public car park. Saltford Parish Council is making further enquiries and looking into cost implications, but its main concern is that the car park should remain free to use for the whole community.


2018/19 Parish Council budget

Saltford Parish Council has agreed its budget for 2018/19 and agreed an increase of 3% in the precept (or its share of the council tax). The reasons for the 3% increase are:

  • To keep in line with the rate of inflation
  • To build up reserves to help fill in for local services under threat
  • To compensate for the decision of B&NES Council to reduce the Council Tax Support Grant to zero
  • To ensure reserves are sufficient to cover the costs of any future by-elections following the decision of B&NES Council to transfer the costs of these to Parish Councils. 

2018/19 budget


First World War Centenary 11.11.18


As part of the village activities for marking the end of World War I, Saltford Parish Council is working with Bath Record Office: Archives and Local Studies (BRO) to help Saltford families trace their ancestors who were involved with the 1914-1918 conflict. This includes those who served in the armed forces at that time and could also include nursing or other civilian volunteers. Quite often such information has been lost or has not been passed down the family line as many of those that survived active service during WW1 did not discuss their experiences. The findings of the research will be shared at a public event in Saltford in November 2018 and in other ways.

In January 2018 Saltford residents were offered the chance to apply to be considered for this research funded by the Parish Council. Funding is limited and the successful applicants will be selected by the Parish Council with BRO. Those applications with the strongest links to Saltford at the time of WWI may be given preference, but if a resident's ancestor has a particularly interesting story or the genealogists feel they have a good prospect for finding the missing information sought that will also be taken into consideration.

The WW1 public event will take place between 2pm-5pm on 11 November at Saltford Hall. It is still in its early planning stages with discussions between the Parish Council, Saltford Environment Group (History Project) and Saltford Community Association currently ongoing. More information about the event will be published in SCAN closer to the event.


First World War Centenary 11.11.18

Saltford Parish Council is marking the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018 in two ways:

The Great War Centenary - On Sunday 11th November 2018 between 2pm-5pm, Saltford residents are invited to bring WW1 mementoes, photos, artefacts, and memories to a gathering at Saltford Hall. Stories can be shared in an informal way in conversation with others sat around tables. Local history WW1 findings will be presented at this public event. This event will be run jointly with the Saltford Community Association, Saltford Environment Group (History Project) and Bath Record Office. Refreshments will be available.

Genealogy search - Saltford Parish Council intends to pay for a genealogy expert to research family history for a small number of Saltford residents in order to enable them to discover more of their family’s past at the time of the First World War. More details about this and a nomination form will be made available early in 2018. 

Neighbourhood Watch meeting 18 October 2017 7pm Saltford Hall

This year’s Neighbourhood Watch meeting will be held on Wednesday 18 October 2017 from 7pm until 8pm at Saltford Hall. All are welcome at this open meeting, hosted by the Parish Council with the neighbourhood policing team – come along and ask the police team questions, hear about crime rates and crime prevention and meet Saltford’s Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators.


 Participants at last year's Neighbourhood Watch meeting


Mead Lane mooring trial and Traffic Regulation Order

Saltford Parish Council (SPC) unanimously agrees the following policy statements:

* The riverbank at Mead Lane and the adjacent highway are the sole responsibility of B&NES Council.
* SPC wishes the riverbank to be enjoyed by all stakeholders equitably.
* SPC considers an overnight parking ban to be appropriate for the full length of Mead Lane.
* SPC considers that there should be a 14-day mooring limit only if there is effective enforcement of that limit.
* If a 14-day mooring limit is not viable then SPC considers a 48-hour limit to be appropriate.
* If a 48-hour limit is abused or ignored on a regular basis then SPC would wish for a complete ban on moorings in Mead Lane. 
* SPC fully supports the proposed overnight parking restriction (1am - 8am) in Mead Lane. This is for safety and access reasons (for example to allow access for emergency vehicles to homes and businesses including the Jolly Sailor PH and the Wessex Water Sewerage Treatment Works) and also to maintain Mead Lane as a rural riverside lane overlooking the Cotswold AONB so that it can continue to be enjoyed by a wide variety of recreational users including many visitors from outside the village.

BT phone kiosk

The Parish Council is planning to adopt the old BT phone box at the corner of High Street and The Shallows. This means we will be responsible for all maintenance of the kiosk and for any liability resulting from the use of the kiosk.

We need ideas of what the kiosk could be used for - defibrillator, art gallery, book store? - please tell us what you think.

See BT's Adopt a Kiosk website for more information on the scheme.  


Keynsham Food Bank - now in Saltford

From 7 July 2017, Keynsham Food Bank holds a food distribution centre at St Mary's church hall, Saltford, every Friday morning from 10.30 to 12.00.

Keynsham Food Bank is run in partnership with local churches and is part of a national network, supported by the Trussel Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. It works using a voucher referral system: in order to get help from the food bank, you need a voucher issued by local agencies.

For more information see Keynsham Food Bank website or phone 0117 983 7923.  




Annual Parish Walk 7.00 pm 13 June 2017

Everyone is welcome on our annual evening walk along some of the wonderful footpaths around Saltford parish. Starting from The Shallows car park, there will be two different walk options, led by Cheryl Hannan and Robin Dixon. No need to book but please wear suitable footwear and put dogs on leads. 


Grant to Great Western Air Ambulance charity

The Parish Council is pleased to support this valuable service which has been in operation in the Saltford area on a number of occasions over the past year. The grant of £350 will pay for 50 simulation lungs.


Nitrogen Dioxide monitoring on Bath Road

Data collected by B&NES Council shows that the target levels of nitrogen dioxide at the designated monitoring points on Bath Road have not been exceeded, and the levels have decreased in the last 6 months (June-Dec) of 2016. However, councillors will continue to be watchful of pollution levels recorded at the monitoring points.


Saltford Conservation Area character appraisal

B&NES Council's public consultation on Saltford's Conservation Area runs from 5 June to 14 July 2017. Details are available at and plans will be on display at St Mary's church hall on 7 June from 12.00 till 8.00 pm.


Grant to Saltford Brass Mill

The Parish Council has made a grant of £510 to Saltford Brass Mill to install non-slip decking strips on the access footbridge for the safety of visitors.


Traffic volumes on the A4 at Saltford

On the right are the weekday average total number of vehicles in 24 hours on the A4 at Saltford 1998-2016 (both directions combined). There has been a drop of 12% in the total number of vehicles travelling on the A4 Bath Road since the peak of 2002. Very little traffic passes along the A4 between 8pm in the evening and 6am in the morning. Not surprisingly, traffic volumes normally peak daily between 7am and 8am and between 4pm and 6pm. On Fridays the morning traffic builds up more slowly. 

(Source: B&NES Council)

1998  29911 
1999  30117 
2000  29998 
2001  29869 
2002  31075 peak year
2003  30460 
2004  30342 
2005  30493 
2006  No data 
2007  No data
2008  No data 
2009  29534 
2010  28841 
2011  28952 
2012  29026 
2013  29053 
2014*  Kelston Road closure
2015  27747 
2016  27368 
The 2016 figure is provisional
Parish Council budget 2017/18

We have set our budget for 2017/18, and the annual precept will be £32,147 – an increase of 1.5%, well below the predicted rate of inflation for 2017.
Grant for Saltford Festival 2017

A grant of £1,000 has been made to Saltford Community Association towards the 2017 Saltford Festival, which is planned for 9 days from Saturday 10 June to Sunday 18 June 2017.
Holiday cover Clerk vacancy

The Parish Council is seeking a Clerk for holiday cover for periods of 2-3 weeks from April 2017. Applicants must be self-employed and have some relevant experience. Details of how to apply are available here or contact the Clerk.

Second public meeting on transport postponed

Cllr Chris Warren thanks everyone who turned up to the public meeting on 1st December 2016 at Saltford Golf Club. B&NES Council Leader Tim Warren had promised to organise another public meeting in Saltford with the relevant transport officers present so that a more informed discussion could be held on the various transport options under consideration. However it was felt that another meeting so close to the one just held and in the run up to Christmas would have been difficult to organise and have a much lower attendance. The timing of the future public meeting, whether hosted by the Parish Council or B&NES Council, will be dependent on the timing of the next draft of the Joint Transport Study. All those who left their email addresses will be notified of this meeting and details will be on our website.

Public Meeting - West of England Joint Spatial Plan & Joint Transport Study: a Saltford bypass?

Thursday 1st December at 7.15 pm at Saltford Golf Club

Come to a public meeting to hear about the current consultation from the West of England.
Within the Joint Transport Study is a map of the Bristol to Bath corridor showing various proposals including a Saltford Bypass. Saltford Parish Council is in principle opposed to a bypass at Saltford. Come along to find out more and give your views. 

West of England Joint Spatial Plan & Joint Transport Study

The four west of England councils - Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire - are consulting on the Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study from 7 November to 19 December 2016. These plans set out a prospectus for sustainable growth to meet the area's housing and transport needs for the next 20 years. See and comment online at  
Written responses can be sent to: West of England Joint Planning Consultation, Corporate Research & Consultation team, Civic Centre, High St, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 0DR, or emailed to


Parish Council opposed to a by-pass

Saltford Parish Council is in principle opposed to a by-pass at Saltford, being detrimental to the Green Belt, the environment, local commerce, and the integrity of Saltford as a place. The Parish Council notes that the 2006 Greater Bristol Strategic Transport Study concluded that a by-pass at Saltford does not provide strategic benefits, and does not represent value for money.


Grant to Saltford Guides

The Parish Council has made a grant of £1300 to Saltford District Guides towards the installation of a new heating and hot water system for the Guide Hut.


Walk leader volunteer sought

We are grateful to Brian Cooper for leading our walks for many years, and are now seeking a new volunteer to lead our annual evening parish walk, with the next one due to take place on 13 June 2017. Please contact the Clerk if you are interested. 


665 Saltford - Keynsham bus 

The 665 bus provides local links in Saltford and Keynsham to areas away from the main bus routes. It serves all bus stops along its route and in addition provides a Hail & Ride service along roads without fixed bus stops. For a map of its route and a timetable see here on B&NES website.


Annual Neighbourhood Watch meeting 5 October 2016

Being in a Neighbourhood Watch has many benefits - helping to reduce crime and the fear of crime, lowering insurance rates, and meeting neighbours. Saltford Parish Council wishes to encourage more NW schemes in Saltford, big or small, even covering a single street or Close. Come and find out more about NW at a public meeting on Wednesday 5th October 2016 from 7 to 8 pm at Saltford Hall. The meeting, hosted by the Parish Council with the neighbourhood policing team, is an open meeting where any resident can ask the police team questions and hear about crime rates and crime prevention in Saltford, and existing NW co-ordinators can meet and share ideas and concerns. PC Sam Kayser and Cllr Duncan Hounsell. 





Grants for local groups

The Parish Council sets aside a small amount of money each year for financial assistance grants that local groups can apply for to support an initiative or development that would benefit the residents of Saltford. Contact us or download an Application for Financial Assistance form to apply for a grant for your group. Applications need to be received by the Clerk one week prior to the date of a meeting in order for the application to be considered at that meeting. Applicants will be asked to attend the meeting at which their grant application will be considered, to briefly present the reasons for their application and answer any questions councillors may have. The Parish Council next meets on 6 September 2016. 

War Memorial

The Parish Council has agreed to a proposal from Cllr Chris Warren that, with the 100 year commemoration of the end of hostilities of WW1 approaching, the Parish Council explores ways of enhancing the War Memorial. Suggestions include subtle illumination, and wrought iron railings with 'Lest we forget' incorporated in the design.


New Chair of Parish Council

At its annual meeting in May 2016, the Parish Council unanimously elected Cllr Chris Warren as Chair of the Council for the year 2016/17. The Council also thanked Cllr Duncan Hounsell for his service as Chair over the last year.

West of England Devolution Agreement

Saltford Parish Council is opposed to the undemocratic imposition of a Metro Mayor, which is proposed as part of the agreement between the government and the Bristol Mayor and other Council Leaders of the West of England to devolve a range of powers and responsibilities to a West of England Combined Authority and a new directly elected mayor for the city region. However the Parish Council does recognise the need for increased investment and improved decision-making in the way the West of England unitary authorities work together for improving the region’s infrastructure, meeting housing needs and for protecting the environment.

 A low tax council

Out of 51 Parish and Town Councils in the B&NES area, Saltford Parish Council has raised the 4th lowest precept (tax) for 2016/17 (using a band D property for comparison purposes).  Only Charlcombe, Chelwood and North Stoke have a lower parish precept for a band D property. A resident of a band D property in Saltford will pay about £17 a year towards the running of the Parish Council. The increase for 2016/17 is roughly equivalent to £1 per year per household.

Parish Council Budget 2016/17

Saltford Parish Council has agreed its budget for 2016/17. The amount of precept (tax) to be levied will increase from £29,702 to £31,672. The modest increase of £1970 is mainly to cover the loss of income from B&NES Council in the form of the Council Tax Support Grant which is being phased out and to restore reserves to the level recommended by the National Association of Local Councils. Significant reserves were spent in 2014 to pay for essential wall repairs in St Mary’s closed churchyard for which the Parish Council has the responsibility to maintain safety. The amount of tax that the Parish Council will levy this coming financial year for a Band D property remains likely to be among the lowest in the B&NES area. The amount of increase represents about one pound per year per household.


Important information for rail travellers
Network Rail held a drop-in exhibition on 15th December at St Mary’s Church Hall to give Saltford residents an opportunity to learn about the planned works at and near Saltford as Network Rail continues to prepare for the electrification of the main-line. Passengers will notice changes to the platform gauges and repositioning of the canopies at Keynsham station beginning in January 2016. Then Keynsham station and the line itself will be closed from 2nd to the 10th of April 2016 during which time the track bed and platforms will be lowered and foundations laid for the overhead electric pylons. Replacement buses will operate throughout this period. Saltford Parish Cllrs Duncan Hounsell and Farida Wilson are pictured at the drop-in event. Thanks to Brunel, the tunnel underneath Tunnel House, Saltford, is high enough to accommodate the overhead cables and gantries without requiring any additional engineering work. For further details, log on to the web-site  You may hear or read of TPODs. This simply means temporary periods of disruption!
There will be a further public drop-in session on 30 March 2016 5.00 - 7.00 pm at St John's Church parish hall, Keynsham.



Parking issues in and around Saltford

Highways and on-street parking are the responsibility of B&NES Council. Parking in and around Saltford generates much discussion and debate among residents.  Saltford Parish Council has decided to conduct a “conversation” with residents of Saltford, local businesses, and commuters to Saltford to seek information, views, and suggested solutions to parking issues in and around Saltford. The objective is for the Parish Council to be in a position to put forward a set of constructive proposals in Spring 2016 to B&NES Council and other bodies for possible action. We recognise that people do need to park, that no householder can claim the right to sole access to the parking space outside their home, and that problems should not be simply moved from one street or part of a street to another. The Parish Council has no predetermined view on parking issues other than a desire to improve road safety and find workable solutions to parking issues. 
Descriptions of problems are helpful but we would particularly welcome practical suggestions for potential solutions to the issues experienced in Saltford under the following headings:-

  • Possible parking regulations or measures in the interest of public safety 
  • The provision and possible control of short stay parking
  • The provision and possible control of long stay parking
  • Opportunities to increase parking provision in Saltford and to make better use of existing parking space
  • Changing parking behaviour
  • Encouraging less car use in Saltford
  • Other ideas

Please contact the Parish Council by letter to The Clerk, Tricia Golinski, Saltford Parish Council office, Saltford Library, 478a Bath Road, Saltford BS31 3DJ or by email to before the end of February 2016. Head any correspondence “Parking issues in and around Saltford”. Thank you.

November 2015 Financial Assistance Grants have been made

  • To Keynsham & District Dial a Ride  - £500 towards two sets of heavy duty wheelchair restraints for the minibus.
  • To Leo Nolan and Seb Howard, Wellsway School pupils who won places at an international science exposition in Mexico - £300 towards the costs of building a litter-picking robot and transport costs.

SALTFORD  LIBRARY support your local library by volunteering!

Saltford library has recently been closed on Saturdays but could re-open with the service being delivered by local volunteers. These volunteers would be able to telephone the staffed branch at Keynsham if they need advice. This kind of service has been successfully implemented at Paulton Library and other libraries across the country.  In fact, people all over country volunteer in public libraries. They support the work of library staff, helping to extend the range of services available in libraries within their local community. This is a rewarding and great way to get involved in your community and meet new people, as well as developing your skills.
Want to volunteer? It couldn’t be easier!  Application forms are available online here and in Saltford Hall and local libraries.
If you would like to find out more or become a volunteer, then contact Lorraine Corbishley Tel: 01225 394 041 or H. Ashton Tel: 01225 872 511.  

Neighbourhood Watch meeting 9 September 2015

A Neighbourhood Watch meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th September 2015, from 7.00 pm till 9.00 pm at Saltford Hall, organised by the local Police and hosted by the Parish Council. Please come along to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch, see what is happening in your area, or for help in setting up a new Neighbourhood Watch area.


Notice boards by the Post Office

We are looking at replacing the notice boards outside the Post Office which are rather old and increasingly hard to read. Quotes for new ones are being sought and this is likely to be decided at our September meeting.


Following Parish Council action, a number of sites previously affected by graffiti have been cleared. If you see graffiti in Saltford, please let us know. 



Keynsham & District Dial a Ride (KDDAR)

Over 100 Saltford residents are members of KDDAR, a vital door-to-door service for those unable to get around by other means. The Parish Council has asked B&NES Council to review how it calculates the subsidy it provides per passenger journey for Community Transport in the B&NES area, because of a perceived unfairness to KDDAR. The average subsidy by B&NES Council per passenger journey for KDDAR is £2.93 compared with £6.32 for the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Dial a Ride.
New service: From July 2015, for a 6 month trial period, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month KDDAR is operating a Dial-a-Ride service from Saltford to Asda, Longwell Green via Aldi and Marks & Spencer. This will be a door-to-door service for members and the cost will be £5 return. Contact KDDAR.



A slipway in the Shallows?

The river Avon in Saltford provides leisure facilities for residents and visitors alike. Safety should be of paramount importance, and the river bank is getting eroded in the Shallows where many small boat and canoe users access the river. The Parish Council has asked B&NES Council to investigate the provision of a slipway or equivalent by the Shallows car park with appropriate access via steps or a non-slip slope to allow safe entry and exit. We are also asking that the design of such a slipway or equivalent should be discussed with the River Avon Users Consultative Committee and Canoe Avon so that it is fit for purpose.


Saltford Parish Evening Walk
Tuesday 16th June 2015 starting at 7.00 pm from The Shallows car park, Saltford
The walk, led by Brian Cooper, will be along footpaths in the parish, and will last approximately 2 - 3 hours
Please wear suitable footwear
Dogs on leads please
Organised by Saltford Parish Council


New Parish Councillors Elected

The following people were elected to Saltford Parish Council on 7 May 2015:
Adrian Betts, Ben Eve, Jon Godfrey, Phil Harding, Duncan Hounsell, James Macnaughton, Liz Macnaughton, Kyle Rice, Rob Taylor, Chris Warren, Farida Wilson.

At its first meeting on 19 May 2015, the Council elected the following as Chairs and Vice-Chairs:
 Cllr Duncan Hounsell – Chair of Parish Council
 Cllr Phil Harding – Vice-Chair of Parish Council
 Cllr Adrian Betts – Chair of Planning Committee
 Cllr Phil Harding – Vice-Chair of Planning Committee

see Declaration of Results of the Election for Saltford Parish Council 


Elections May 2015 Statements of persons nominated

Want to know who you can vote for on 7 May 2015?
Please see these documents listing the details of the candidates standing at the three different elections on 7 May 2015

Local government elections for Saltford Parish Council
Local government elections for Bath & North East Somerset Council Saltford ward
UK Parliamentary election in the North East Somerset constituency

Details of the 11 members of the Parish Council following the elections on 7 May will be on our website as soon as the results are out. The Council sends its thanks for their contributions to the following people who did not stand for re-election: Marie Carder, Neil McKen and Kevin Reeves.

Saltford Youth Service

The Parish Council is continuing to support the provision of the weekly mobile youth service in the village, in partnership with B&NES Council.  A new six month Working Together Agreement with B&NES Council for 2015-16 specifies that the first three months (April to June) will be 50% funded by Saltford Parish Council and 50% by B&NES Youth Connect, and the second three months service (July to September) will be 75% funded by Saltford Parish Council and 25% by B&NES Youth Connect.


Saltford's 20 mph speed limit March 2015

B&NES Council’s 20 mph Speed Limit Order came into operation on 17 April 2015, meaning that it is prohibited to drive a motor vehicle at a speed exceeding 20 miles per hour on all roads in Saltford except the A4, which remains 30 mph.

The introduction of the 20mph speed limit in Saltford was scheduled to commence Monday 30th March.  Initial works will include erection of posts, followed by fixing of signs and latterly road marking roundel placement.  During this period there may be some ambiguity with any existing 30mph signs and road markings, which may cause confusion for a short period, but enforcement will not be carried by the Police until all works are complete and necessary checks have been undertaken.


Financial assistance for Saltford Wombles March 2015

The Parish Council has made a grant of £252 to Saltford Wombles for litter pickers, high-viz tabards and protective gloves, to ensure the Wombles volunteers are well-equipped for the litter picks they do around the village. 

Claverton Road playing field - Goal mouth repairs March 2015

The grass in the two goal areas on the playing field next to Saltford Primary School is to be re-turfed.  B&NES Council maintains the playing field but the Parish Council put in the goalposts, and the goal areas have again become worn and need re-turfing. This work is to be done, at the Parish Council’s expense, in the week beginning 13 April 2015.  The goal areas will be cordoned off and out of use for a short time for the ground to recover.


Saltford Community Awards March 2015

The Parish Council is giving an Exemplary Achievement Award to Tina Curtis for her contribution to Saltford life, including 1st Saltford Scouts, the Parish Council, Saltford Business Network, and various fundraising charity events. Tina has asked for her £60 award to go to 1st Saltford Scouts. This will be presented at the annual Parish Meeting at 6.30 pm on 7 April at Saltford Hall.


Travelling by train in July or August 2015?

There will be substantial disruption and change to the local rail network during electrification works in and around Bath from 18th July through to the end of August 2015.  Network Rail needs to make room under bridges for the new overhead electric line equipment.  Disruption and alterations to services around Bath will take place from 18 July to the end of August 2015. Further information from Network Rail.


New B&NES Energy at Home Advice Service February 2015

Help for B&NES residents to find out how to make their homes warm and efficient. Find out:
* How to use less energy/ reduce  your bills / get out of fuel debt
* Which energy saving improvements / renewable energy technologies may be suitable for your home
* What grants, finance and special offers are available
If appropriate, residents can also book a home energy assessment and get help to find certified installers.
Freephone 0800 038 5680 or see Energy at Home website

Stand for Saltford Parish Council in May 2015

Community minded? Want to have a say on what happens locally? How about standing for election to Saltford Parish Council in May 2015 when a new Council is formed for another four year period? The next election is due to be held on Thursday 7 May 2015.

It does not cost anything to stand for election and candidates do not need to belong to a political party.

What qualifications do you need to become a Councillor?

To stand for election as a councillor you must on the day you are nominated be:
Aged 18 or over (there is no upper age limit) AND
Be a British citizen or a citizen of another Commonwealth Country, the Irish Republic or another European Union member state.

You must also meet at least one of the following 4 criteria:

1. Be registered to vote in Saltford Parish.
2. Have owned or rented property in Saltford Parish during the whole of the 12 months before the date of nomination.
3. Have worked in Saltford Parish during the whole of the 12 months before the date of nomination.
4. Have lived in Saltford Parish during the whole of the 12 months before the date of nomination.

You cannot stand for election as a councillor if you:

Are or have been declared bankrupt or sentenced to 3 months or more in prison during the previous 5 years.
Are or have been disqualified under specific Acts of Parliament.
Are employed by Saltford Parish Council or hold a paid office under the Parish Council.

Saltford Parish Council has 11 councillors. If more than 11 come forward in May 2015, this triggers an election among the voters of Saltford. An election generates interest and discussion of village matters and gives confidence to those who are elected. The level of commitment required as a councillor varies: the minimum expectation is that a councillor attends a monthly meeting (except August). However, councillors may choose to join other committees and working groups and represent the Council on other bodies.
For more information on the role of the Parish Council, see Council Responsibilities.
Every councillor when elected must undertake to observe the Council’s Code of Conduct.

The process of standing for election is straightforward. The contact for all aspects of this electoral process is the Electoral Services Officer, Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW. Tel: 01225 477333 Email:

From Monday 2 March 2015, you can obtain nomination packs from:

* the Electoral Commission website

* the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW

* the Parish Clerk at Saltford library

Nomination papers must be completed and returned to the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW by 4pm on Thursday 9 April 2015.

Copies of the 2015 electoral registers will be available from 2 March 2015 on request from the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW, and one reference copy of each electoral register will be available from the Parish Clerk at Saltford library. Nomination papers simply require that you have a proposer and a seconder. Your and their electoral registration numbers will be needed on the nomination form. Note that Saltford has two polling districts and two registers.

The Electoral Commission is a national body established by Parliament to oversee elections. It is politically neutral. It publishes: Parish and community council elections in England and Wales - Guidance for election candidates and agents


"Recent re-developments of the showrooms and forecourt area involved removal of the fences between the shops and forecourt. During the digging and wiring of the drainage trenches it became practical and necessary to remove the old Parish Council noticeboards at this time" - Saltford Motor Services. 

All of the noticeboards have now been reinstated in the same positions outside the Post Office


Re-opening of Permissive Paths

The permissive paths to the south and west of Saltford have now re-opened for the enjoyment of everyone.  The Saltford Community Association (SCA) has now signed a legal agreement allowing over 4.5km of the permissive paths to re-open to walkers and riders shortly before Christmas.  This was only possible as a result of Eveleighs Estate Agents coming forward with a generous £3000 donation to fund the first year of the arrangement.

In order for this agreement to remain in place next and each subsequent year, the SCA needs specific donations to raise £3000. Without regular, annual donations from residents to cover the costs the SCA will not be able to keep these paths open and it is highly likely that once closed they will remain closed for ever as the land will be planted with crops. 

In the last edition of SCAN a donation envelope was enclosed and the SCA is delighted to report that they have already raised (including Gift Aid) £1500 towards keeping the paths open for another year.  This is a great start and half way towards this year’s target.

If you wish to donate and don’t still have your envelope from the last SCAN, then please either pick one up from the foyer of Saltford Hall or go to the permissive paths section of the SCA website.  This page provides a link to a downloadable Gift Aid form and details of how to make a donation including via Paypal.  It also provides a link to a map of the reopened paths.  In order to ensure we can keep this amenity open for the community we would ask that walkers consider £25 or more and horse riders £50 or more.


Community Awards 2015 

The Parish Council is running its Community Awards scheme again in 2015. Awards will be given to people in Saltford who make a positive contribution to Saltford life, showing initiative, commitment or leadership in the local community. Winners will receive an A4 certificate on high quality paper and £60 towards the award winner’s chosen Saltford group, project, cause or charity. Awards are given in the categories of Young Person of the Year, Good Neighbour in Saltford, and Exemplary Achievement Award – but in 2014 we received no nominations for Young Person of the Year, so we would particularly like to encourage these in 2015. So if you know someone who deserves an award for what they do in the community, pick up a nomination form from the Parish Council office in Saltford library or downloadable here. Forms must be received by the Clerk by the end of Friday 13 February 2015.


Saltford Railway Station 

At its meeting on 7 October 2014, Saltford Parish Council agreed the following:

Following the results of the informal public consultation exercise launched at the public exhibition held in Saltford in February 2014 regarding the possible reopening of Saltford Railway Station, Saltford Parish Council asks B&NES Council Cabinet to consider the Higher Level Output Assessment (HLOA) report and to take the project to GRIP (Governance in Railway Projects) stage 3 of Network Rail's GRIP process for railway development.

WW1 Civic Ceremony 3 August 2014

A Civic Ceremony will be held at 11.00 am on Sunday 3 August 2014 in the Memorial Garden on the corner of Manor Road and Bath Road, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1.  The focus will be on the 17 Saltford names on the village war memorial.  The ceremony will be led by the Parish Council with contributions from 1st Saltford Scouts, and everyone is welcome.

Village Walk 13 August 2014

The annual Saltford village walk takes place this year on Wednesday 13 August 2014 starting at 7.00 pm from The Shallows car park.  It will last 2 – 3 hours, on footpaths with an option of going up to Kelston Tump (Round Hill).  All welcome, dogs on leads please.


Public Meeting 20 August 2014 - previously permissive footpaths
A public meeting will be held on 20 August 2014 at 7.00 pm at Saltford Golf Club to discuss possible ways forward for the previously permissive paths which were recently closed.  The meeting will be facilitated by the Parish Council, and all walkers, riders and anyone else with an interest in using the paths, perhaps on a subscription basis, is welcome. 

Objectives of the meeting

  1. To enable members of the public to understand the history and issues around the loss of previously permissive paths.
  2. To gauge the extent of the interest in re-opening permissive paths in Saltford parish among walkers and horse riders.
  3. To determine an order of priority for any re-instatement of these footpaths.
  4. To consider possible future arrangements including the establishment of private legal agreements between users of these paths and the landowner.

Footpath Maps
The ‘Saltford on foot’ maps, which were available from Saltford Post Office for £1 each, have been temporarily removed from sale, as the information about the permissive paths is now inaccurate.

sign on cycle path

Election of new Parish Councillor

Saltford Parish Council welcomes Marie Carder, who was elected unopposed on 1 June 2014.

Election for a Parish Councillor

An election is to be held for a Parish Councillor for Saltford, to fill the vacancy following the resignation of Kim Johnson.  Anyone wishing to stand for election can obtain nomination papers from B&NES Returning Officer or from Saltford Parish Clerk.  Nomination papers must be received by B&NES by 4.00pm on Friday 30 May 2014.  Notice of Election.

Vacancy on Saltford Parish Council

A vacancy has arisen following the resignation of Kim Johnson.  Notice of vacancy.


Road surfaces have suffered due to the wet winter. A pothole is defined as a sharp edged depression in the carriageway greater than 30mm deep. To assist B&NES in repairing these as quickly as possible, please report any potholes to Council Connect tel. 01225 394041 or online via their Report It facility.
Parish Councillors are also putting together a list to send to B&NES. 

Neighbourhood Watch 

The annual Neighbourhood Watch meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th May 2014 from 7pm to 8pm. The meeting will be held in the Avon Room, at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, Saltford BS31 3BY.
The purposes of the meeting are to enable a dialogue between the Neighbourhood Watch coordinators in Saltford and the local Police team, and to encourage more Neighbourhood Watches to be set up in Saltford


Saltford Railway Station Survey

Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council would like your view on how often you might use the station, if it were to reopen, how would you get there e.g. walk, bus, cycle or drive, and what approach you think we should take to manage vehicles wishing to park at the station.

An exhibition was held at Saltford Hall on 25 February 2014 showing the results of the 'high level options assessment' which B&NES commissioned - click here for details of the exhibition boards.

The consultation is open until 26 March 2014. To give your comments on the potential re-opening of Saltford Station, go to this page on B&NES website and click on 'Respond Online'.


Longwood Lane – construction site

The Construction Management Plan for Saltford Golf Club’s planning application requires the developer to make good any damage to the passing bays created on Longwood Lane, and to not damage the public highway.

Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council, as the planning authority, is responsible for ensuring that the contractor fulfils these obligations. 

Any issues with the condition of Longwood Lane should be addressed to B&NES Council Connect
Tel: 01225 394041
Twitter: @ccbathnes

B&NES Council announces
Saltford Station consultation

B&NES Council has announced the date of the public consultation on the possible re-opening of Saltford Railway Station as part of the Metro West rail project

A drop-in event is planned for Tuesday 25th February 2014 from 4pm to 8pm at Saltford Hall

Please go to this event and make your views known 


First Bus fares consultation

FIRST BUS is running a fare consultation in the West of England area from 1 February - 16 March 2014. The consultation follows a similar review of bus fares in and around Bristol last year, which led to changes being implemented in the city last November. This latest review is looking at all First West of England services outside of Bristol’s inner zone. Keynsham is in the First Bus Inner zone, however Saltford is in the First Bus Outer zone. Saltford is a large village of over 4000 residents. Saltford Parish Council wishes to ensure that Saltford’s residents make their views regarding bus fares known to First Bus in this latest fare consultation, whether they currently use the bus services or not. The Parish Council expects to receive paper copies of the questionnaire which will be made available in Saltford Library and other village locations where possible. To find out more about the consultation and to complete the online version of the survey please visit 


 Give us your views on Saltford Placemaking Plan

B&NES Council is developing a Placemaking Plan which allows local communities the opportunity to indicate where developments such as housing might go. However, Saltford is not suggested as a place for additional housing in B&NES draft Core Strategy. Nevertheless, the Parish Council has still been tasked with describing the settlement and environs of Saltford.  From 23 November to 6 December 2013, there will be a Placemaking Plan area on our website where you can see these descriptions of the different parts (zones) of the Parish. Give us your comments on these  descriptions before the full set is sent to B&NES.


In an effort to remove graffiti from the village, everyone is asked to report instances of graffiti to the Parish Clerk giving clear details of the location and if possible a photo and details of the likely ownership of the property. These will then be recorded, reported as appropriate and followed up.

Election of Parish Councillor for Saltford Parish Council

The Returning Officer of Bath & North East Somerset Council has announced that Adrian Betts was nominated for election and was elected without contest on 5 November 2013.

The Parish Council welcomes Adrian Betts to the Council.

Election results notice

Swing into Life, Swing into Action

Swing into Life, Swing into Action, an event for Saltford seniors, was held at Saltford Hall on Tuesday 29 October 2013. This was an energising afternoon giving information about personal safety and healthy living organised by Saltford Parish Council in conjunction with B&NES Council.  Age UK, Dial-a-Ride, West of England Care and Repair, the B&NES Active Lifestyle team and the local Police Community Support were all represented. As well as listening to presentations, Saltford seniors took part in tai chi and chair-based exercises. Tea and cakes were provided by Saltford Evening WI and the Saltford Fairtrade Group. Entertainment was provided by George King of KLOGS who sang a number of songs. Raffle prizes were donated by the local Co-op and Tesco. Cllr Duncan Hounsell, Chair of Saltford Parish Council, said: ‘This event was a first of its type organised jointly by the Parish Council and B&NES Council. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon immensely. Thanks to all who supported it.’ 






Election of Councillors for Saltford Parish Council


An election is to be held for a Parish Councillor for the above-mentioned Parish.


Nomination papers may be obtained during normal office hours from the offices of the Returning Officer, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW, or alternatively from the Parish Clerk at the address below.


Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW, between 10am and 4pm on any working day after the date of this notice, but not later than noon on Thursday, 31st October 2013.


If the election is contested, a poll will take place on Wednesday, 27th November 2013 between 7am and 10pm.


Electors should take note that the deadline for new applications to vote by post or to change existing postal or proxy arrangements must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday, 12th November 2013 if they are to be effective for this election.

New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by no later than 5pm on Tuesday, 19th November 2013.

New applications to vote by proxy on grounds of a medical emergency, where that emergency occurred after Tuesday, 19th November 2013 must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday, 27th November 2013.

All applications and notices regarding absent voting must be sent to the Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW.

Dated: Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

V.F. Hitchman, Returning Officer

Printed and published by the Returning Officer, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

Parish Clerk’s contact details for nomination papers:

Tricia Golinski, Saltford Library, 478a Bath Road, Saltford, BS31 3DJ

(Office open Tuesday to Thursday)

Tel: 01225 873300

New Chair elected

Councillor Duncan Hounsell has been elected as Chair of Saltford Parish Council for the remainder of the year 2013/14, following the resignation of Mathew Blankley due to work commitments.



pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that due to the resignation of Cllr Mathew Blankley a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the said Parish Council.

If, within 14 days* after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than Friday, 11th October 2013), 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 the said Parish Council, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than Monday, 16th December 2013.

Tricia Golinski, Parish Clerk

Dated Monday, 23rd September 2013

* 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.

“Swing Into Life. Swing Into Action”

– an event for Saltford seniors being held by Saltford Parish Council in conjunction with B&NES Council.

An energising afternoon giving information about personal safety and healthy living.

Avon Room at Saltford Hall Tuesday 29th October from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Come and join us for a relaxed, friendly get-together where you can find out more about personal safety and healthy living. Tea and cakes will be provided as well as a chance to make new friends.

If you would like to join us please give your details to: Tricia Golinski, Clerk at Saltford Parish Council Tel: 01225 873300. The Saltford Parish Council Office is in the library.

Anyone is welcome to attend, just turn up!

If you need a lift, let us know by calling Dial-a-Ride on 01225 395321 and mention this event.

Planning application public inquiry

The Parish Council will be represented at the Public Inquiry about Crest Nicholson’s planning application for up to 99 houses off Manor Road, Saltford, which will be held on 13 August 2013 at 10.00 am at the Fry Club, Keynsham BS31 2AU. This Inquiry is to deal with the Appeal to the Planning Inspector against the failure of the Local Planning Authority to give notice of its decision on the application within the appropriate period. Most Public Inquiries last for one day, but more complex cases can last two or three days. Anyone can attend the Public Inquiry and, at the Inspector’s discretion, give their views on the proposal. For more information see the Planning Portal and search for Appeal reference APP/F0114/A/13/2195351.

Neighbourhood Watch public meeting

The Parish Council is hosting a Neighbourhood Watch public meeting in conjunction with the Neighbourhood Policing team on Monday 20 May 2013 from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm in the Avon Room, Saltford Hall. The meeting will provide an opportunity for existing Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators to meet and exchange views and information, and to encourage anyone interested in starting a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Saltford.

Saltford Parish Council News Release


Release Date: Immediate 

Worrying Increase in Dog Fouling 

Saltford Parish Council has received a troubling number of complaints in regards to the amount of dog mess on the village’s streets; the main areas of concern are Manor-Montague Roads, Beech Road and the High Street. The Parish Council would like to remind dog owners that they should pick up their dog’s mess in a refuse bag, tie it securely and dispose of it in any regular bin.

Owners who walk their dogs on the playing fields of Claverton Road and Wedmore Road are especially reminded of the importance to pick up their dog’s mess. Dog mess causes the spread of disease; the main one is Toxocariasis, which can lead to blindness if a sports player were to come in contact with it!

Failure to pick up your dog’s mess can result in a £50 on-the-spot fine or prosecution by Bath & North East Somerset Council. As a precautionary measure, B&NES Dog Wardens have been asked to patrol Saltford on a more regular basis. You can help by reporting regular offenders or hot-spots by calling the Dog Wardens’ Office on 01225 394041 or by texting 07797 806545.

With Saltford’s renowned Festival on the horizon (8-16 June 2013) we all want our village to look clean and tidy as we welcome visitors from further afield – and you can help by being extra-vigilant in the lead up to it.


Notes to Editor:

More info can be found here:

The winners of the Saltford Parish Council Community Awards 2013 were:

Lifetime Achievement awards -

Sarah Lloyd

John Thomas

Cynthia Wilson

Good Neighbour awards -

Kate Godfrey & Phoebe Gane

Sarah Lloyd was nominated by Cllr Duncan Hounsell for her high standard of service in the Post Office, particularly in assisting those in need of extra help, and for her contribution to Saltford life by keeping the community noticeboard up to date and selling tickets for community events.

John Thomas was nominated by Malcolm Pearce for volunteering over many years for Saltford Community Association, St Mary’s Church and Saltford School.

Cynthia Wilson was nominated by Cllr Jill Williams for her work in promoting Saltford Library, developing reading groups and forming Friends of Saltford Library.

Kate Godfrey and Phoebe Gane (aged 9 and 10) were nominated by Jon Godfrey for helping an elderly lady who had slipped and fallen on ice, and getting assistance for her by flagging down a passing lorry.

All winners have been invited to the Saltford Community Association Open Morning at 11.00 am on 8th June at Saltford Hall, when Jacob Rees-Mogg MP will be presenting various awards and photographs will be taken.

Saltford Library Event

Tuesday 19 March 2013 - 18:30 - 20:30 - Story evening with a storyteller and with Saltford Inter-generational Group.

This is a chance for young residents to meet older residents for an intriguing evening of stories in Saltford Library.  Note, the main story telling will take place between 19:00-20:00

Places are limited to 20 (children & any accompanying adult) so please email to reserve a place (first come first served!) just providing their names. The contact email is: There is no entry charge.  Cllr Neil McKen, Saltford Parish Council & Saltford Intergenerational Group

Saltford Parish Council Community Awards

These awards are to recognise those individuals and teams in Saltford that have made and are making a positive contribution to Saltford life, and are showing leadership, initiative or commitment in the local community.

Young Person of the Year in Saltford Award
Good Neighbour in Saltford Award
Saltford - Lifetime Achievement Award
Saltford Team of the Year

Awards will be given for an exceptional contribution, performance or commitment in the past year. The Lifetime Award is for an exceptional contribution, performance or commitment to Saltford over a period of at least 10 years.

The award can only be given to people who live or work in Saltford or a team that works in or represents Saltford
The nominator must live or work in Saltford
No serving Councillor or Officer may receive an award

These will made at an awards ceremony to coincide with the Annual Parish Meeting on 2nd April 2013 at 6.30pm. The award will comprise an A4 certificate and £50 towards the award winners’ chosen Saltford group, project, cause or charity.

Nomination forms, which are available from the Clerk and here online, must be completed and sent to the Clerk by the end of February 2013.

Major housing development planning application public meeting

Saltford Parish Council is hosting a public meeting about the planning application by Crest Nicholson for up to 99 dwellings on land off Manor Road, Saltford on Saturday 5th January 2013 at 5.00 pm in the main hall at Saltford Hall. Everyone is welcome.

The meeting will offer an opportunity for residents to make comments on this planning application. It will follow the usual format of ‘Public Time’ at Parish Council meetings, at which members of the public can address the Parish Council on any matter on the agenda, limited to three minutes per person.

The Parish Council will consider its response to the planning application at its next meeting.

Details of the planning application 12/05315/OUT can be found on the B&NES planning website

Planning contraventions

The Parish Council reports any cases of possible contraventions of planning control to Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES), which is the authority responsible for enforcing planning law.

Individuals can also ask B&NES’ Planning Enforcement team to investigate possible breaches of planning control. However B&NES is unable to notify the Parish Council of cases reported to them where the first informant was not the Parish Council.

So the Parish Council requests that Saltford residents advise the Parish Council of any complaints they make to the enforcement section of B&NES Council, in order to assist the Parish Council in monitoring possible planning contraventions.

Saltford By-Election

Results of Poll held on 15 November 2012

Name of Candidate Votes Recorded
Mervyn Burt 279
Cliff Hancock 165
Robert Taylor 336


Robert Taylor was elected to Saltford Parish Council

Saltford Station Public meeting

Thank you to all who came to the public meeting about the re-opening of Saltford Railway Station. 

For those who missed it, the Hall was filled to the brim and a full cross section of views were articulated, many with some passion!

Housing Development Public Meeting

We are prepared to host a public meeting about the Manor Road housing development currently being suggested by Crest Nicholson. When this major planning application is received, we plan to call a public meeting at short notice to allow the expected large numbers of the public the opportunity to be present and voice their opinions. This meeting will follow the protocol of the Parish Council’s public time speaking slots. The Parish Council will then formally consider the application at a further meeting. Details of the public meeting will be sent to those on our e-newsletter mailing list, and posted on our website and our noticeboard outside Saltford Post Office.

Bus service changes affecting Saltford

Bus operators have notified B&NES of some changes to bus services which came into effect on 4th November 2012. First bus services 337, 349 and 649 have been withdrawn and a new 338 service (Bath - Keynsham - Bristol) introduced to replace these. Services X39 and 339 have some minor timetable changes, but the overall frequency of the services is unchanged. 

For full details see phone 0871 200 22 33.

Financial Assistance Grants

There are still some funds unspent in the Parish Council’s current budget for financial assistance grants to groups whose activities benefit Saltford. This budget runs until March 2013. If you are involved with a group working for the benefit of Saltford and its people, it’s not too late to apply for financial assistance.

See the Council Responsibilities page on our website, where you can also download an application form.

Saltford Business Network

The Parish Council has been successful in its initiative to prompt an independent Business Network to form in Saltford. The work of the Parish Council has resulted in the creation of the Saltford Business Network which will have a membership recruitment launch soon. The website is

Saltford War Memorial was cleaned during August 2012 and the lettering re-enamelled.

In autumn 2012, the Council will have the goalposts in Manor Road playing field de-rusted and re-painted.

The Council made the following financial assistance grants in September 2012:

  • Saltford Stars Under-15s for all-weather gear and kit bags
  • Saltford Community Association towards promotion, advertising and event costs of Saltford Festival 2013
  • Saltford Community Association towards restoration of the mural at Saltford Hall.




Review of speed limits on A4 between Saltford and The Globe roundabout

Following a directive from the Department for Transport, Bath & North East Somerset Council has undertaken a review of speed limits on A and B class roads.  As a result of this review, the existing 30mph speed limit at the eastern end of Saltford village is to be extended on the A4 eastwards up to where the advisory 30mph speed limit is currently located, adjacent to the Avon Valley Garage site; and a 50mph speed limit is to be imposed for the remaining length of the A4 up to and including The Globe roundabout junction.  The new signs are likely to be in place by September 2012.

Fred Blampied MBE

Fred Blampied of Saltford, aged 86, has been awarded an MBE for services to inland waterways.  For more information, contact Alan Aldous, Chairman of the River Avon Users Consultative Committee (

Saltford Business Network

A lunchtime meeting of the Saltford Business Network was held at the Golf Club on 13th June.  The photo is courtesy of The Week In, who sent a reporter to this event. Two local businessmen agreed to join a Steering Group for the Business Network - David Hewett of ITeam Solutions and Rik Taylor of Space-Engineering.  Others on the Steering Group are: Cllr Kevin Reeves, Cllr Tina Curtis, Christine Hounsell and Cllr Duncan Hounsell.  Also at the meeting were Duncan Kerr, Economic Development Officer for B&NES and Joyce Pickard of B&NES.

Neighbourhood Watch

The expansion of Neighbourhood Watch in Saltford is an objective in the Parish Plan.  A meeting on Expanding Neighbourhood Watch in Saltford was held at Saltford Hall on 19th June.  The meeting, chaired by Cllr Duncan Hounsell, had in attendance local beat manager PC Sam Kayser and PCSO Sarah Hewlett.  Also present were Cllrs Reg and Jill Williams, co-ordinators of some of the existing NW schemes, and members of the public.  This meeting gave an opportunity to thank the NW co-ordinators present, to outline the benefits of being in a NW scheme (helping to reduce crime and the fear of crime, lowering insurance rates, and meeting neighbours), and to consider how best to expand NW in Saltford.  Two members of the public came forward to launch NW schemes where they lived - one in the central section of Montague Road and one on the Bath Road near The Shallows.  It was agreed that NW should be promoted at village events and that the Parish Council could host an annual meeting of NW co-ordinators, invited by the local Police, to enable effective communication.

Financial Assistance Grants 

Saltford Parish Council has set aside increased funds in the budget for this financial year (2012/13) for Financial Assistance Grants (sometimes referred to as Development Grants). The Council wishes voluntary groups and organisations to be made aware of this.

Application forms can be downloaded here.  Applications will be considered to have more weight if they set out in some detail what the application is for and whether they help Saltford to achieve objectives set out in the Saltford Parish Plan which can be found here.

The Chair of Saltford Parish Council, Cllr Duncan Hounsell, wishes to support the voluntary groups in Saltford. If you would like him to attend one of your events or meet to discuss matters relating to your organisation in Saltford, do contact us.

New Chair and Vice-Chair of the Parish Council

At its annual meeting on 1 May 2012, the Parish Council elected a new Chair for the year 2012/13, Cllr Duncan Hounsell, and a new Vice-Chair, Cllr Kim Johnson.  Cllr Duncan Hounsell's main aims as Chair are to engage with Saltford people and organisations, to continue the improvement in the efficiency of the Council, to support voluntary groups and to promote the local economy and businesses.

The Parish Council thanked Cllr Reg Williams for his 9 years of service as Chair of the Parish Council.  Cllr Reg Williams has always had the interests of Saltford at heart and has left a legacy of a well-managed and competent Council.

Saltford footpath maps for sale

Printed footpath maps are for sale for £1 each from Saltford Post Office, Saltford News or the Parish Council office.