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Taking time to tackle transport and travel

With South West council leaders at Portcullis House in London to lobby Ministers about the North South connectivity improvements.
With South West council leaders at Portcullis House in London to lobby Ministers about the North South connectivity improvements.

Transport issue have pretty much dominated this week with meetings in London, Exeter and more locally around Hinton Blewett – all concerning different aspects of traffic and travel affecting Bath and North East Somerset.

South West Rail was under the spotlight at a Travel Watch South West meeting in Exeter on Monday where the Great Western Franchise consultation was being discussed....[read more]

Friday, 19 January 2018

Working together to meet the challenges of 2018

I hope it’s not too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year now that we seem to be well into January. 

We returned this week to announce that the council is facing challenges and opportunities as it seeks to reshape itself in the light of rising costs, demands on key services and the need to become financially more self-sufficient.

We have set out our budget and the...[read more]

Friday, 12 January 2018

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas

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...[read more]

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Delivering on new homes for Bath and North East Somerset

Taking action to deliver new homes and jobs is one of the council’s six corporate priorities, and it was great to announce this week that a record number of new homes were built in Bath and North East Somerset during the past year.

At the start of the week I went along to take a look at some of the new affordable social housing properties being built by Charlcombe Homes Ltd in Tyning...[read more]

Friday, 15 December 2017

Meeting and working together

Most of this week, it’s fair to say, has been taken up with meetings; each and every one framed by how much more organisations can achieve by working together – for the benefit of the city and wider regions.

As a council we are currently talking to residents at our forums about the budget challenges we face and on Monday I was at Chew Valley Forum discussing, with residents, how we can...[read more]

Friday, 08 December 2017

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