Tim Warren
 

I was fortunate enough to have had a week off last week. Well I say it was a week off, but it turned out being more of a chance to catch up with jobs around the house. I did manage to grab a couple of days enjoying the sunshine in Wales though.

I also took time to join a conference call for a meeting with the leaders of our three neighbouring West of England councils, and the Police & Crime Commissioner, to discuss the future of Avon Fire Authority following a recent inspection report from the Government’s Home Office. We are continuing discussions and are committed to ensuring that the recommendations of the report are followed through and that the Avon Fire Authority improves its performance and wider accountability.

On Wednesday, we had a meeting of the West of England Combined Authority to discuss our vision for economic growth that benefits every resident, and I’m pleased to say we’ve already secured £3.9 million in funding to help improve people’s skills and opportunities with an initiative starting in January 2018 which aims to support social housing tenants into secure, better-paid careers. 

Finally, I visited Royal Victoria Park this week, after some people had raised concerns over the new location for the carousel and bouncy castle. I spoke to a number of families and most of them told me they didn’t have any particular concerns, and continued to enjoy the park’s facilities. However, I have asked the Parks team to gather further feedback from park users, to ensure that Royal Victoria Park remains a highly-valued and unique local attraction for families; offering a welcoming, vibrant and safe space for everyone to enjoy. I also plan to visit the park again myself over the summer period so maybe I’ll see you there.