Delivering economic growth across the district is one of our key priorities and much of my time over the past week has been spent working together with my colleagues at WECA discussing plans for investment in the area.
Bath and North East Somerset has already benefitted from additional investment over the past year such as £1.8 million for the coach park at Odd Down, as part of the regeneration plans for Bath Quays.
We will also soon be benefitting from cash to transform our High Streets through the Love Our High Streets project, which aims to breathe new life into our town centres and encourage more people to visit them.
I’m also hoping the district will be successful in securing one of WECA’s three proposed ‘Talent Institutes’. They’ll bring together business and education providers to provide skills for residents together with research and innovation support for business. The deadline for organisations to pitch their proposals is Monday 21January.
Today I attended the meeting of the Local Enterprise Partnership Board at the Guildhall. We were presented with the findings of research into the regions connectivity with the rest of the country. The research covered a broad range of issues from the impact of the removal of the Severn Tolls to the effects of migration and the relationships between our universities and those elsewhere in the country. The results will help to inform the Local Industrial Strategy and policy direction across the West of England.
Away from council business – what a great match at the Rec at the weekend as Bath played host to Wasps in the European Champions Cup. Finally a win in the competition! Sadly, though, not enough to get through to the quarter finals.