Council will bid when Black Rocks goes under hammer
Frampton Cotterell Parish Council is looking to buy a beauty spot which is due to be auctioned next week.
Black Rocks is due to be sold by auction on November 3.
The site off Mill Lane, which is popular with dog walkers and as a meeting place for young people, includes what used to be the mill pond for the old mill, and part of a woodland next to the river.
Frampton Cotterell Parish Council has expressed an interest in buying the two-thirds of an acre patch of land, which surrounds a twisting stretch of the river.
The council called an extraordinary meeting, which was held online at the end of September, to listen to views from members of the community before deciding to pursue an interest in buying the land.
But the council will have to outbid any other interested party when Blacks Rocks goes under the hammer, unless they make an offer which is accepted and the purchase completed before the auction date.
Bristol-based agents Maggs and Allen have set a guide price of between £10,000 and £20,000 for the land, which has several restrictions covering its use.
The online guide describes the auction as a "unique opportunity" to buy a "picturesque parcel of land".
The section of river will be sold with its riparian rights, which means that the landowner has the right to make reasonable use of it, including fishing with a licence.
The parish council says its interest in purchasing the land will be subject to legal and financial viability and it is now commissioning reports from the District Valuer and solicitors, and plans to hold another extraordinary council meeting once the reports are in.