Council Leader's Blog


Young people get to grips with local politics

During parts of this week I’ve had the absolute pleasure of being shadowed by two sixth form students from Bath’s Saint Gregory’s School.

Lily Webb and Nial Bowen, who are studying A level politics, have been a credit to themselves and their school. During the week they have attended meetings, learned about local democracy and got to grips with many of the major issues facing us here in...[read more]

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Listening to young people’s concerns

It has been quite a while since I last blogged, the reason being the recent Kingsmead ward by-election. Last Thursday Liberal Democrat Sue Craig was voted onto the council following a 35 per cent turn out of voters.

Councillor Craig has taken the seat of the late Chris Pearce. I would like to welcome Sue onto the council and congratulate her on winning the seat, as well as acknowledging...[read more]

Friday, 13 July 2018

Festivals, fayres and thanks

Over this past week I’ve been reminded about the vast number of people across Bath and North East Somerset who work tirelessly for the benefit of their communities.

On Tuesday I was at the AGM of East Harptree Parish Council, which first dealt with the appointments to various roles and duties before moving on to other business

Like all parish councils, East Harptree’s success...[read more]

Friday, 18 May 2018

Paying our respects to Councillor Chris Pearce

Yesterday many of us attended the funeral of Councillor Chris Pearce – a true gentleman and a devoted family man who served on the council for three years. He passed away on April 30.

Chris will be remembered for his distinctive qualities and commitment to his community – especially on delivering highways improvements to make roads safer for residents.

Chris had moved from London...[read more]

Thursday, 10 May 2018

One year on for the West of England Combined Authority

This week has marked the first anniversary of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) where, as the deputy mayor, I am proud to see a great deal of work already under way delivering on more homes, better transport and skills across the region.

Building homes, particularly affordable homes, is a priority for Bath and North East Somerset Council and WECA - as well as developing a...[read more]

Wednesday, 02 May 2018