Plans by Bath and North East Somerset Council to hand over the management of Bath’s Beechen Cliff to the National Trust have been welcomed by Conservative councillors in the city.
Discussions surrounding the possibility of handing Beechen Cliff over to the National Trust began under the Council’s previous Conservative administration, with Conservatives promising to invest in improving the cliffs at the last local elections. Under the plans the Trust will aim to raise £2 million, with a £500,000 contribution from the Council, to invest in improving the cliffs.
Bath councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Cons, Lansdown), Conservative Shadow Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, has welcomed the proposals and said that local Conservative would do what they can to support the fundraising efforts. He said:
“This is an excellent opportunity to improve one of Bath’s most prominent and finest assets, but which simply has not been up to the standard it deserves for many years. The negotiations to give management of Beechen Cliff to the National Trust have the wholehearted support of Conservative Councillors, and we will back the Trust’s efforts to raise the £2 million in any way we can. Beechen Cliff is a natural environment in the heart of the city, it’s green backdrop giving Bath its unique ‘rus in urbe’ character. It is a key element of the Bath’s world heritage setting. The National Trust has a long history of land management and extensive experience in fundraising and I am sure this proposed partnership will sustain the charm of Bath for generations to come.”