Olympic Gold medalist Dani King

This week I met with the Estates Manager at the University of Bath to discuss student accommodation. They have just started work on a new development at the Claverton Down campus and I was interested to hear all about it.  The topic of student accommodation always attracts plenty of interest, particularly when discussing where to locate housing for students so it was good to hear how the university plans to tackle this issue.

On Wednesday I joined, Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees and Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Matthew Riddle, to agree the first budget for the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).The authority will be chaired by whoever is elected Mayor following the election on Thursday 4 May. Don’t forget to make sure you’re registered to vote: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Thursday saw the launch of the route for the Bath stage of The Tour Series 2017 and the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix on Saturday 20 May. Olympic Gold medalist Dani King is to be the ambassador for the city’s event and it was great to meet her, and hear such passion for cycling ahead of this event, which is expected to bring many people into the city.

I’d like to end this week with two messages of congratulations – well done to all those who took part in last weekend’s Bath Half Marathon. This is always a popular event and attracts huge support from runners, spectators, residents and businesses. Also, it was great to see England secure the Six Nations title for the second year in a row. Bath players Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson played their part in securing the victory and I look forward to seeing them against Ireland this weekend, and then back at the Rec in a couple of weeks.