One issue has dominated the agenda for me this week. On Wednesday the Cabinet met to identify a preferred site for an east of Bath Park & Ride. This issue has been on the table for many years so to finally have a decision about the preferred site is a positive step.
We have chosen site B (land west of Mill Lane) and will now start to progress the project towards the planning stage. This involves negotiating the sale of the land and agreement regarding access to the site with Highways England. If these points cannot be resolved the Cabinet agreed that it will revert to site F (land east of Mill Lane) which also offers a suitable location for an east of Bath P&R.
In other matters, on Thursday I met with Jane Ellison MP, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, where we discussed ways to fund local Government in the future. This was a very interesting conversation and I hope to be able to share more details in the future.
I returned from London on Friday to attend the Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. This is always a very sombre event as we take time to reflect on the Holocaust and to think about the lives of people marginalized and excluded from society. The event provided an opportunity to think about how to celebrate difference and create a culture of respect.
If you’re taking part in Dry January the last weekend is almost upon us, so well done for getting this far and making a difference to your health.
It wouldn’t be my weekly blog without a mention of Bath Rugby and what a fantastic result for the team against Pau last weekend in the European Challenge Cup. Bath scored ten tries in a dominating 67-10 victory. This weekend they take on local rivals Gloucester and I am very much looking forward to watching the local derby.