Winning investment and securing income for the area have been very much on the agenda this week which ended with the welcome announcement of a £12.5 million

award for Bath.

Bath & North East Somerset Council has been granted one of the largest allocations in the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund in the UK following the success achieved so far at Bath Riverside.

The money will fund essential infrastructure to make housing development at Bath Riverside more viable and get much-needed homes built quicker. This will address some of the large up-front costs which in turn can enable the project to build more affordable homes in the city centre, representing good news for local people and those starting out on the housing ladder.

The good news it will help to unlock land and release the potential for 3,500 new homes and create hundreds of jobs.

While this really is fantastic news for the city we can’t just rely on government awards and as a council, like all others, we need to explore future funding and how best to generate income. This was very much on the agenda at the start of the week when I attended the Local Government Association meeting for the City Regions.

Yesterday I attended a meeting, together with the West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, and MPs at the House of Commons to discuss the impact of  tourism across the region, its importance to the regional economy and how we can all help it continue to grow.

Our new recycling and refuse collection service was reviewed this week and I really want to stress that we are listening when issues arise - but we are also asking everyone to play their part. So many people have really got on board with the new service and recycling rates are continuing to grow. But we want to ask those few, who are not heeding the changes, to follow their neighbours, be part of the recycling effort and please deal responsibly and fairly with your waste.

For a lot of people yesterday was a chance to spend a few minutes talking about mental health in the Time to Talk day supported by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Health.

Mental Health is something I have blogged about before because it is such an important issue. It is something, in this increasingly demanding world, that we all should to take time to consider with compassion and understanding. If you want to know more about Time to Talk here’s the link to the campaign https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/