Black Rocks beauty spot is sold at auction
FRAMPTON Cotterell's Black Rocks beauty spot has been sold at auction to an unknown private bidder, for £15,500.
The woodland site next to the river Frome (pictured), which includes what used to be a mill pond and a public footpath, went under the hammer in early December at an online auction run by Bristol firm Maggs and Allen.
Frampton Cotterell Parish Council was interested in buying the land but was not able to take part in the auction because its solicitor was awaiting answers to specific legal queries. The parish council has a responsibility to ensure that any purchase is both legally and financially viable.
It was the second time that the site, which has several restrictions covering its use, had gone up for auction. In November it failed to reach the reserve price, as bidding peaked at £14,500, despite a stated guide price of between £10,000 and £20,000.
This time the guide price was reduced to between £5,000 and £10,000. With interested parties bidding online, by proxy, and on the phone, in the final moments the price crept up by £500 a time, with the successful bid coming from an online buyer, whose identity has not been revealed.
The area is popular and used by dog walkers and local people enjoying get-togethers.
The part of the River Frome which it borders will be sold with its riparian rights, which means the landowner has the right to make reasonable use of it, including fishing with a licence.