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
My week began with an announcement about a new team for the Council’s Cabinet.
I would like to give my sincere thanks to previous Cabinet Members as they have made an enormous contribution to the Administration over the last two years, for which I am extremely grateful.
The Cabinet’s core aims are to ensure that Bath & North East Somerset Council is efficient and well run,...[read more]
Friday, 07 July 2017
It’s been a varied week in terms of engagements and meeting people from all walks of life.
I had a very interesting tour of the police operations centre at the Glastonbury Festival at the end of last week. The team work really hard to make sure the festival goes smoothly and any problems are dealt with quickly and efficiently. The visit provided an insight into how large scale events...[read more]
Friday, 30 June 2017