A group of local consultants, campaigners and councillors is calling for council property managers to allow the now formally constituted Trust to move into the empty riverside building known as The Boathouse.
Trustee Cllr Bevan said:
‘The aim of The River Regeneration Trust has always been to reconnect the River Avon to its communities and repair the neglect caused by decades of development that ignored this natural public asset. This empty riverside building could be both a working centre for trustees, and a drop-in centre for anyone wishing to share their ideas about our river, and learn about ours’.
Local author and historian Kirsten Elliott is researching the history and ownership of The Boathouse, which is likely to have belonged to The Bath Brewery Company and used as its bottle store.
However, archive and current maps are unclear about current ownership, although the building is under the care and maintenance of Bath and North East Somerset council.
Council cabinet members have acknowledged that the building is currently without a lease holder and various options for its future are being considered, including The River Regeneration Trust as a possible tenant.