My week began with a meeting with the Syrian Refugee Committee to discuss how we can continue to help some of those affected by the situation in Syria. The conflict has left thousands of people living in extremely difficult circumstances and we may be able to offer more of these people help and support in Bath & North East Somerset in the future.
I was disappointed to learn that the electrification of the railway line between Bristol and Bath has been put back, but this week I attended a meeting where I was reassured that there are no changes to plans for new trains and platform extensions at Bath Spa, so these improvements are good news for rail passengers.
Bath’s Christmas Market began this week with 200,000 people expected to attend over the next couple of weeks. The market always brings a festive feel to the city with 170 chalets selling a wide range of gifts, food and drink and souvenirs. The economic benefit to local businesses is huge as those visiting will not only spend money at the chalets, but in bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels across the city too.
I hosted a delegation from Denmark at The Guildhall this week where we discussed regional collaboration. They were keen to hear what we are doing to work with our regional partners to share services and make efficiencies.
The American Museum invited me to attend their Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday where I was given an insight into the celebrations which are so important in the USA.
Last Friday I went to the local derby game at The Rec with Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol) where Bath took on Bristol with victory for the home side in a closely fought contest. This weekend I will be heading to London to watch Bath take on Harlequins on Sunday.