This week I took part in a conference organised by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership where we heard from Jessie Norman MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. I was part of a panel where we discussed our three main priorities for the West of England. This proved to be a very interesting discussion in which I...[read more]
Friday, 20 January 2017
This week I have been focusing my attention on the issue of care and support for those with dementia and their families. I met with the Dementia Action Alliance following the conference I attended last week. I am keen to work with this group to help raise their profile and see how services and support can be provided within communities.
I also attended the Prevention Matters conference...[read more]
Friday, 13 January 2017
I start this week’s blog, the first of the year, by wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year. I would also like to thank all those officers who were working over the festive period to deliver services around the clock – not least our gritting team who were out a number of times helping to keep our highways safe in sub-zero conditions.
We returned this week to announce that the...[read more]
Friday, 06 January 2017
I begin on a sad note this week following the death of former Mayor of Bath Carol Paradise, who also served as a Councillor for Kingsmead and Twerton. Although initially we were on different sides of the Council, for 5 or 6 years I would pick her up in my car on the way to attend licencing sub-committee meetings, and we would regularly put the world to rights....[read more]
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
This week has seen some interesting discussions. I met with the Chief Executive of Bristol Airport on Wednesday where we talked about the potential impact of the West of England Joint Transport Strategy. Many of the international visitors who come to Bath arrive via Bristol Airport and it’s important to have such an excellent facility on our doorstep to ensure people can...[read more]
Friday, 16 December 2016