We’ve had some fantastic feedback since last week’s Tour of Britain. Over 10,000 people visited the Cycle Village to watch the live finish on Royal Avenue, with more watching along the route. It was broadcast live across the UK, France, Italy, Belgium, New Zealand, USA and Canada, with highlights across the rest of Europe, Australia and Asia. The weather was perfect and The Tour’s organisers, local schools and sponsors all said how pleased they were.  I was also delighted to see one of the Syrian refugees we’ve helped to re-home there with new friends enjoying the community event. I was also very impressed with her excellent English when she came over to talk to me.

Good news this week that Firs Field in Combe Down is to be protected as a Centenary Field, and will remain a green space for enjoyment by residents. The Centenary Fields initiative aims to protect war memorial playing fields, parks and green spaces in memory of those who lost their lives during World War 1. The Friends of Firs Field have organised a community event to dedicate a special Centenary Field plaque on Saturday 17 September at 3pm, which will include the reading of names on the Combe Down war memorial.

Exciting plans for The Archway Project also took a step forward this week; this will transform learning at the Roman Baths and create a world-class visitor centre where people can find out more about our World Heritage City, as well as opening up new parts of the Roman Baths for public access.

It was a great start to the season for Bath Rugby with a 58 – 5 win over Newcastle Falcons at the Rec. It was fantastic to witness eight tries in our first game of the season – here’s to many more!

Over to football, and Bath City Bid is almost there with its plans to become a community-owned and run football club and is now looking for new investors via crowdfunder – before September 28. Why not take a look and find out more about the community share offer.

It’s full Council on Thursday night – September  15, with a range of subjects up for discussion – don’t forget you can watch live here.

British Food Fortnight kicks off on September 17, and the Council is organising lots of events to celebrate local produce, as well as launching a new online Local Food Directory which will help you easily find and buy local food and drink. Find out more about local activities here