The area of the Combwich Ponds was previously a brick works and associated clay pits which have been in existence for centuries but finally ceased commercial production in about 1960. The flooded clay pits have always been an attractive area to walk around and enjoyed by generations of villagers and their families. The footpath from the Old Wharf Road following the southerly edge of the ponds was a linear route which joined the Stogursey/Hinkley Point to Cannington road at Bolham House and joined a wider network of footpaths.
The land which includes the Pond was purchased by the Bridgwater Angling Association Limited (BAA Ltd) on 12th February 1969.
Following the closure in May 2007, a flyer was circulated throughout the village asking people to respond if they were concerned about the closure of the footpaths. Over a 100 people responded expressing their concern. The Parish Council and the Otterhampton Parish Recreation Association both expressed their concern and committed themselves to a campaign to get the footpaths reopened to the public.
A letter of appeal was submitted to Somerset County Council in 2008 (see the link below). Currently our appeal is on the list to be considered by the Council.
The latest news (at the end of 2011) is that it will be about 5 years before our appeal will be considered, ie. in about 2016.
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