As this will be my last blog of the year, I would very much like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful and happy Christmas.

For many, the next few days will be a welcome break and a chance to spend time with family and friends, however for others like our frontline staff, emergency services, doctors and nurses it will be business as usual and they deserve our special thanks and recognition.

Looking back it has been a very busy year with much progress and more to come. We’ve rolled out our new refuse and recycling collection service which has dramatically cut the amount of waste going into the black bins and increased the volume of recycling. I want to thank all our residents for getting behind this and for accommodating the change in service.  

Progress has been made to transform the river bank between Bath’s Churchill Bridge and Green Park in the latest phase of the ambitious £6.2 million Bath Quays Waterside project.

The project includes Bath Quays Bridge, which was awarded £425,000 of Local Growth Fund money and was granted planning permission earlier this year. When it is finished it will provide a new crossing point over the River Avon for pedestrians and cyclists and will connect the proposed development sites of Bath Quays North and South. 

Working with the West of England Combined Authority we have also just completed improvements at the Two Headed Man junction on the A39 at its junction with the B3116.

Looking back we have also addressed the issue of houses with multiple occupants (HMOs). Our new policy follows on from a consultation in September and October. We responded to residents’ concerns while recognising the role HMOs have in our housing stock with the aim of preventing the erosion of communities where HMOs were dominating their area.   

I look forward to reporting back in the New Year but for now I wish everyone a very happy Christmas.