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
I begin on a sad note this week following the death of former Mayor of Bath Carol Paradise, who also served as a Councillor for Kingsmead and Twerton. Although initially we were on different sides of the Council, for 5 or 6 years I would pick her up in my car on the way to attend licencing sub-committee meetings, and we would regularly put the world to rights....[read more]
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
This week has seen some interesting discussions. I met with the Chief Executive of Bristol Airport on Wednesday where we talked about the potential impact of the West of England Joint Transport Strategy. Many of the international visitors who come to Bath arrive via Bristol Airport and it’s important to have such an excellent facility on our doorstep to ensure people can...[read more]
Friday, 16 December 2016
On Monday I attended an event alongside experts in local government from a range of sectors where we discussed the Chancellor’s Autumn statement and the impact it will have on local businesses. It’s important that the Council continues to support local businesses during this challenging economic climate so it was good to hear some examples of best practice and share ideas.
Friday, 09 December 2016
The week began with sadness in Bath after Henry Burke tragically lost his life after falling into the River Avon. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Bath & North East Somerset Council is part of the River Safety Group which will be convened to review existing safety measures in place.
This week I visited Parliament as part of the Key Cities group. We...[read more]
Friday, 02 December 2016