SA/DK meeting with B&NES, 8th December, Bath
B&NES: Cllr Tim Ball, Ashley Ayres (Director for Children Services), Ann Robins (Supporting
People/Planning & Partnership Manager), Sarah Johnston (Senior Planning Policy Officer), Rebecca
Jones (Principle Solicitor), Cordelia Johnney (Equalities & Diversity Manager).
In no particular order, the topics covered were:
Ashley explained that the council was drawing up its traveller and gypsy policy (leading to
the assignment of places as temporary and permanent places) and in doing so they accepted
that they also needed to include those from this demographic that lived on the canal. Ashley
recounted that the council had installed a temporary classroom at Bathampton Primary
School a couple of years ago because with the added intake of boaters’ children they needed
more room – this temporary measure has now been made permanent.
We gave background detail on move to Third Sector. We were unsure whether our equalities
obligations as a public body were also being transferred – Sally has subsequently contacted
Greta for input.
We gave background detail on Mooring Strategy and, more generally, on the rules that
We explained the emerging Waterway Partnership and what capacity it would operate in.
We explained where our powers ended and B&NES took over – i.e. we could monitor boat
movements but did not have the power to monitor whether the boat was being used as a
We explained that we needed the council to be explicit in stating that some marina
development could be approved – we believed that there would be interest from private
We gave a summary of boating statistics over the course of 2011.
Tim explained that there was going some sort of flood alleviation work commencing in the
next couple of years and there might be the potential for combining marina development
Ann and Cordelia undertook to draft a Memorandum of Understanding that would describe
both BW and B&NES responsibilities and how we can work together.