It was great to meet the sponsors of the Bath stage of this year’s Tour of Britain in a reception hosted by the Council Chairman, Alan Hale, on Monday. Bath will play host to a finish stage of the cycling contest for the first time on 8th September, with the support of airline KLM, Bristol Airport, Marmot Cycling Tours, BMI Healthcare Bath Clinic, Southgate Shopping Centre, and the Bath Chronicle. Bristol Airport and KLM’s involvement has enabled the delivery of our Summer of Cycling programme, which is getting children, adults and families involved in cycling events in the build up to the Tour of Britain. It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular cyclist or if you’ve never even tried riding a bike before – there is something for everyone so make sure you get involved!
The consultation on the creation of a new West of England Mayoral Combined Authority and the proposed devolution deal is still ongoing, with an event held in Keynsham this week. The proposed deal will affect everyone so it is vital that we get as many local views as possible and I would urge everyone to get involved. We have more roadshow events over the next few weeks in Chew Magna, Midsomer Norton, Whitchurch and Bath, and they are a great opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the deal before the consultation closes on 15th August.
On Wednesday Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, our Cabinet Member for Economic Development, met with the B&NES initiative on my behalf, which provided the chance for local businesses to talk to us about the opportunities for their ventures in the district and any issues they may be facing. We are looking ahead to many exciting times for businesses with the development of a new Enterprise Area at Bath Quays North and South, so meetings like this are really important in helping us to work together to ensure that Bath and North East Somerset is at the forefront of entrepreneurship and is creating greater prospects for local people.
I was delighted to see that five of our parks and green spaces in the district received the Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy at the end of last week. Alexandra Park, Royal Victoria Park and Bloomfield Green in Bath all received the prestigious, national award, as well as Silver Street Local Nature Reserve in Midsomer Norton and Keynsham Memorial Park. I would like to thank our Parks department for the work they do to maintain our green spaces to a beautifully high standard, helping us to provide greener and healthier environments for our residents and visitors. Make sure you get out and enjoy the summer sunshine in one of them!
Last week we also had a wonderful evening for our staff awards, which saw our street cleaning team win the People’s Award following nominations submitted by the public. It’s great to see such an important team being recognised for the hard work they do in keeping our area looking clean and tidy – thanks to all of our residents who got involved and nominated Council staff who have had a positive impact on their community.