As we all know, Bath’s incredibly popular Christmas Market has opened and, as in previous years, it welcomes thousands of visitors who come to soak up our special festive atmosphere in our beautiful city.
So much hard work goes into the event and this year is no different. You may have seen reports about some prudent additional safety steps we’ve taken, these have been done to reassure visitors and to get the message out that it is business as usual.
As the Christmas Market opened I was at a cabinet meeting looking at our plans to keep the mobile library service and our revised proposals to develop community libraries. This is in response to listening to people’s concerns and in line with our aim to avoid any library closures. I know how especially important the mobile service is to many people who live in more rural areas and who rely on it and all the benefits it brings.
Thursday also saw me at a meeting of the Local Government Association for council leaders in city regions. This was an opportunity to discuss ways in which councils up and down the country are addressing city centre management, community cohesion, fiscal devolution, skills and employment.
I was pleased to meet and listen to members of the Federation of Bath Residents’ Associations on Wednesday. While we love to welcome the many visitors who come and enjoy our city it is also essential that we take into account the views and concerns of our residents and communities and respond to their needs.
And the same goes for residents in the towns and villages across the Bath and North East Somerset area where we are currently holding our community forums to give people the chance to have their say, in particular on how the council needs to change in order to meet the financial challenges it faces, and how this will impact on all of us.
Looking ahead to the weekend I am hoping for another great result for Bath, last weekend’s win against London Irish set us up well for Harlequins visit on Saturday.