This week I was invited to witness a key phase in the Saw Close development which is currently underway in Bath city centre. I attended the topping out ceremony for the scheme, which I am sure will help increase footfall and boost the local economy. This part of the city centre has been in need of this kind of development for some time and I am sure it will be good for local businesses and for...[read more]
Friday, 03 February 2017
One issue has dominated the agenda for me this week. On Wednesday the Cabinet met to identify a preferred site for an east of Bath Park & Ride. This issue has been on the table for many years so to finally have a decision about the preferred site is a positive step.
We have chosen site B (land west of Mill Lane) and will now start to progress the project towards the planning stage....[read more]
Friday, 27 January 2017
This week I took part in a conference organised by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership where we heard from Jessie Norman MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. I was part of a panel where we discussed our three main priorities for the West of England. This proved to be a very interesting discussion in which I...[read more]
Friday, 20 January 2017
This week I have been focusing my attention on the issue of care and support for those with dementia and their families. I met with the Dementia Action Alliance following the conference I attended last week. I am keen to work with this group to help raise their profile and see how services and support can be provided within communities.
I also attended the Prevention Matters conference...[read more]
Friday, 13 January 2017
I start this week’s blog, the first of the year, by wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year. I would also like to thank all those officers who were working over the festive period to deliver services around the clock – not least our gritting team who were out a number of times helping to keep our highways safe in sub-zero conditions.
We returned this week to announce that the...[read more]
Friday, 06 January 2017