Last week was a partial holiday week which is why there was no blog. I would like to thank our Highways and Property Services Teams who reacted swiftly to the accident on Cleveland Bridge in Bath on Monday, which resulted in significant damage to one of the toll lodges. By lunchtime they'd worked wonders and had traffic moving and by the evening the bridge was fully open. Excellent work...[read more]
Thursday, 24 August 2017
I spoke recently in my blog about the financial challenges facing Bath & North East Somerset. One of the outcomes of these challenges is that it makes us look afresh at new ways of delivering the services people need.
I will be joined by Ed Rowberry, Chief Executive Officer of Bristol & Bath Regional Capital (BBRC) and James Durie, Chief Executive of Bristol & West of...[read more]
Wednesday, 09 August 2017
I was fortunate enough to have had a week off last week. Well I say it was a week off, but it turned out being more of a chance to catch up with jobs around the house. I did manage to grab a couple of days enjoying the sunshine in Wales though.
I also took time to join a conference call for a meeting with the leaders of our three neighbouring West of England councils, and the...[read more]
Friday, 04 August 2017
Like all local authorities Bath & North East Somerset Council is facing financial challenges, so I was grateful for the opportunity to share our experiences with Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in London on Thursday as part of a Local Government Association meeting.
Events like this are useful for us to gain recognition for the work of...[read more]
Friday, 21 July 2017
This week we have focused on two announcements (subject to Cabinet approval) with new plans to tackle congestion in Bath and the next phase of the integration of Bath’s Library and One Stop Shop.
Both of these issues have been the subject of heated debate amongst people with views on both sides. On Tuesday I met with the Bath Deserves Better group to discuss our plans and answer some of...[read more]
Monday, 17 July 2017