This week I rolled the first ball at our brand new ten pin bowling alley at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre. We are nearing completion of the £8 million redevelopment of leisure facilities at the centre which will provide enjoyable and affordable family leisure activities year-round and encourage us all to live more active lives. I’m all for increasing opportunities for everyday activity and encouraging sport and recreation getting us all moving, keeping fit and staying healthy for longer. 

Visiting the bowling alley came after a very successful meeting on Monday when we hosted, for the first time, a meeting of the West of England Combined Authority at the Guildhall. Transport, education and infrastructure projects across the region were on the agenda. Transport and congestion affects us all. Working together with our neighbours and partners gives us more power to press the Government for things like better links between the Channel ports of Southampton and Poole and the M4 corridor.

As I write this I am preparing to attend a special awards night at Radstock Town Council. I’m looking forward to going along and celebrating the huge contributions so many people make to their local community. As we all know being a good neighbour makes a real difference to the well-being of our own and other people’s lives.

And talking of being good neighbours I am meeting the leader of Somerset County Council, Councillor David Fothergill, on Friday, to see how we can work closer together for the benefit of both authorities. 

Overall it’s been a good week which made up for the disappointment of Bath losing one point against Gloucester last Sunday.