Council Leader's Blog


Refill in Bath and bid farewell to the plastic bottle

Much of my week has involved meetings about the local economy including meetings at Bath’s Business Improvement District (BID) and Visit Bath.

I am a BID board member and this week we met to review the BID’s strategy and how it can best serve levy payers and continue with its strong commitment to make Bath a place where...[read more]

Friday, 23 March 2018

Taking the Roman Baths into the 21st Century

It is always good to be reminded of our city’s incredible heritage assets and I was fortunate enough to spend some time at The Roman Baths following the announcement of a £5million trial to bring superfast 5G to tourist destinations in Bath and Bristol.      

The West of England Combined Authority has secured Government money which will see 5G...[read more]

Friday, 16 March 2018

Keeping services going during the snow

As this week comes to a close it seems hard to imagine that last Friday Bath and North East Somerset, like the rest of the country, was covered in snow as the ‘beast from the east’ struck.  

So many communities rallied around and helped each other and for many people it meant a welcome day or two at home and the chance for children to get their toboggans out and enjoy the snow...[read more]

Friday, 09 March 2018

Young people having their say

You can learn so much from young people and I had the privilege of listening to members of Bath’s Youth Parliament when they took over the council chamber on Tuesday.

Six candidates put their manifestos forward in the UK Youth Parliament elections and I heard some extremely passionate and well-argued speeches.

The Youth Parliament gives the young people of the UK a powerful voice...[read more]

Friday, 23 February 2018

Looking ahead with a balanced budget

Alongside a full council meeting on Tuesday, where we set the budget for 2018/19 it has been a busy week all round.

Setting a budget, which ensures we live within our means, has been challenging. I want to thank all those council officers involved for the hard work they have done.

Despite the difficult decisions required to balance the budget which will mean job losses, we are...[read more]

Thursday, 15 February 2018