Council Leader's Blog


Get behind your High Street this Christmas

Cllr. Tim Warren
Cllr. Tim Warren

At the risk of being told it is too early to mention Christmas I want to get the message out that the council is supporting our town centres not just in the run up to December 25 but throughout the year. 

This week the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) announced proposals to give high streets a boost through a proposed £10m Love our High Streets project and a decision on...[read more]

Friday, 23 November 2018

Making difficult but prudent decisions

Cllr Tim Warren
Cllr Tim Warren

Much has been reported this week about a difficult but prudent decision cabinet colleagues and I took, to withdraw plans for Bath Central Library, which would have seen a number of council and partner services move into a new-look library at The Podium, alongside the closure of the existing one stop shop in Manvers Street.

The decision to freeze the proposal follows a review of capital...[read more]

Friday, 16 November 2018

Marking the centenary of the end of World War One

Cllr Tim Warren
Cllr Tim Warren

Much has been said this week about the demands on council budgets and the continued savings we have to make while still delivering essential services.

Like other councils we cannot go cap in hand to the government and ask for more grants to help cover our increasing costs and this is why we are looking at other ways of becoming more self-sufficient.

Last night at full council we...[read more]

Monday, 12 November 2018

Meeting inspirational people

Here in Bath we are used to visitors from all over the world coming to experience our heritage and stunning surrounding countryside and at the start of this week I was proud to host a visit of three mayors, from China, New York and Washington DC, as part of the Global Parliament of Mayors.

They were among more than 80 mayors and city network leaders, from six continents, who gathered in...[read more]

Friday, 26 October 2018

Hopes for a cleaner greener Bath

People living in and around Bath will no doubt, by now, be aware of our announcement earlier this week about clean air.

On Tuesday, together with Councillor Bob Goodman, we launched a six-week consultation on proposals which would see all higher emission vehicles, including cars, being charged to drive in a Clean Air Zone in Bath. We also announced a package of support for the community...[read more]

Friday, 19 October 2018