Opening of the new skate park in Royal Victoria Park, Bath

I’m pleased to see that our public consultation on plans for a new east of Bath Park & Ride site has already received over 500 responses – both online and at the drop-in events in Bathampton Village Hall last Saturday and The Guildhall on Tuesday. There’s another meeting at Batheaston on Tuesday 29 September. Please do try to have a look at the plans and give us your views – if you’ve been unable to make it to a meeting, we’ve extended the online consultation period until 18 October – all the information can be found on the Park and Ride proposal page.

Last week, I joined the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, to discuss how the Council is helping the Police to maintain a city centre presence in Bath with plans for a new enquiry office at our One Stop Shop on Manvers Street – just across the road from the current station. We believe it’s very important for a visible police presence to be kept within the centre of Bath. Bringing this service into the Council’s One Stop Shop allows us to provide a wide range of services to the public from one central location.

On Saturday I went along to the official unveiling of Keynsham’s new clock tower. The weather was glorious and the Town Council’s event was very well attended – with people wanting to find out more about the design from the artist, Sebastien Boyesen, and how it was inspired by stories of Keynsham’s local history. I’m pleased to say that the artist is finishing off his work that so that the clock can be fully operational for everyone to appreciate.

It was great to see so many children and young people enjoying the new skate park in Royal Victoria Park at the official opening ceremony on Monday. It really is a great attraction as part of the Council’s £500,000 revamp of Royal Victoria Park and offers skaters, skateboarders, BMX-bikers and scooter riders the chance to let off steam and hone their skills over the course of concrete bowls and stunt features. I even saw one or two dads joining in with the fun, however I resisted the urge to have a go, just in case!

Have you checked out our short film about the new river rescue cabinets along the River Avon? If not then it’s well worth a watch. 14 new cabinets, specially designed for the Council to protect the life buoys inside from vandalism, have been fitted along the Avon from Windsor Bridge to Pulteney Bridge. The film shows the location of the cabinets and explains how to use them. The video is only about a minute long and is intended to help save lives, so please do take a look: 

Finally, I’ve a couple of big appointments at the end of this week. On Friday, I’ll be at a Key Cities meeting in London – lobbying the Government to give a stronger voice to medium-sized cities like Bath and the North East Somerset area. And then on Saturday, I’ll be at Twickenham for the England versus Wales match in the Rugby World Cup. Hopefully I’ll be able to report back on our success on both counts in next week’s blog!