I hope you’ve all had chance to enjoy some good days out during the summer months, particularly around Bath and North East Somerset. I didn’t get much chance to get away myself, other than the occasional day trip to the south coast, but like many of you, I’m back to the grindstone now and keeping busy too.
Last week I took part in a Question and Answer session in Bath with many of our local businesses, at the invitation of Bath Tourism Plus. Along with Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, we discussed, amongst other things, transport issues and plans for new developments to encourage business growth, against the backdrop of maintaining our World Heritage City.
On Friday, I was pleased to help launch a new Bath independent shops guide to encourage even more people to check out the wide range of goods on offer from our local retailers. We’re proud to support our vibrant business community in ways like this and the #Bathbiketrail, which has really captured the imagination of shoppers and traders alike.
Tuesday saw the latest meeting of the Public Services Board, which brings together senior officials from the key local public sector agencies to provide leadership and set the strategic direction for Bath and North East Somerset. Topics on the agenda included improving people’s health & wellbeing across the area, supporting more people to find work and boosting opportunities for young people to develop their careers.
If you missed the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, then you can tune into the archived webcast to watch the lively debates we had on the Foxhill Regeneration and Development Charter, and the Council’s Treasury Management and Capital Budget.
Finally, it was great to see so many people enjoying Thursday’s arrival of the Tour of Britain in Bath. With around 120 of the world’s top professional cyclists racing through the city’s streets, and school children and families making the most of the fun activities and displays in Royal Victoria Park, it really was a great day and showed Bath at its best..