This week I have attended a turf cutting event to mark the start of building work on the new Somerdale Educate Together Primary School, which is being developed by Taylor Wimpey in Keynsham. Once the building is complete it will provide 210 spaces for local children.
I joined other council leaders from across the country for the Leading Edge - Smarter Places event which was hosted by the Local Government Association. We discussed how we can provide services and work more effectively and efficiently. I heard some great examples which have been adopted by other councils, giving me food for thought in the challenging financial times ahead.
On Friday I will be joining the Homelessness Partnership to discuss how to help people understand changes to the way they claim benefits so that they do not become homeless. Improving the lives of homeless people and preventing people from becoming homeless in the first place is an important focus for us and it will be great to hear about the work being done to achieve this.
I am also attending an event at Bath Spa University where actor Jeremy Irons will be installed as the university’s first ever Chancellor. To have such a high profile name associated with one of our universities is hugely positive and I am sure his appointment will only enhance the already excellent educational establishment’s place in the area.
If you’re celebrating Bonfire Night this weekend, please be considerate to your neighbours, keep your pets inside and, most importantly, stay safe.
A good end to the weekend saw a last minute win for Bath Rugby against Exeter at Sandy Park. A winning try from Rokoduguni secured the 10 13 victory eight minutes after the clock had stopped. I was holding my breath as the referee blew the final whistle and can’t wait for the Rec to host Leicester this Friday night.