Council Leader's Blog


Working together on tough decisions


We all know there is never a good time to share difficult news and this week has been no exception. The council is facing significant pressures on its budget and we are having to make some tough decisions including job losses, however our commitment to protecting front line services as much as possible remains steadfast.    

The budget has been front and centre of my...[read more]

Friday, 17 November 2017

Keeping a lid on HMOs and driving down waste

At the Cabinet meeting this week, we agreed a new policy on houses with multiple occupants (HMOs). It follows on from a consultation in September/October where 49 per cent of people who took part wanted to see HMOs limited to a ten per cent threshold within an area. We’re responding to residents’ concerns while recognising the role HMOs have in our housing stock and I hope it will help prevent...[read more]

Friday, 10 November 2017

Bowled over by great work in the community

This week I rolled the first ball at our brand new ten pin bowling alley at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre. We are nearing completion of the £8 million redevelopment of leisure facilities at the centre which will provide enjoyable and affordable family leisure activities year-round and encourage us all to live more active lives. I’m all for increasing opportunities for everyday activity and...[read more]

Friday, 03 November 2017

Transport and air quality

I’m looking forward to hosting the West of England Committee meeting and Joint Committee meeting on Monday when, among other topics, we’ll be discussing transport issues. It’s very topical in a week in which we announced joint action by a number of local authorities and local enterprise partnerships to press the Government for better transport links between the Channel ports of Southampton and...[read more]

Friday, 27 October 2017

Building a Stronger Bath & North East Somerset Council

At this year’s Bath City Conference I set out my vision for the future of the Council and the Bath & North East Somerset area.

Last week’s financial statement set out the financial challenges we face going forward. But this does not mean we will not be investing in the future or meeting the priorities of residents. On the contrary, I am clear that there are positive opportunities...[read more]

Friday, 20 October 2017