Much has been reported this week about a difficult but prudent decision cabinet colleagues and I took, to withdraw plans for Bath Central Library, which would have seen a number of council and partner services move into a new-look library at The Podium, alongside the closure of the existing one stop shop in Manvers Street.
The decision to freeze the proposal follows a review of capital...[read more]
Friday, 16 November 2018
Much has been said this week about the demands on council budgets and the continued savings we have to make while still delivering essential services.
Like other councils we cannot go cap in hand to the government and ask for more grants to help cover our increasing costs and this is why we are looking at other ways of becoming more self-sufficient.
Last night at full council we...[read more]
Monday, 12 November 2018
Here in Bath we are used to visitors from all over the world coming to experience our heritage and stunning surrounding countryside and at the start of this week I was proud to host a visit of three mayors, from China, New York and Washington DC, as part of the Global Parliament of Mayors.
They were among more than 80 mayors and city network leaders, from six continents, who gathered in...[read more]
Friday, 26 October 2018
People living in and around Bath will no doubt, by now, be aware of our announcement earlier this week about clean air.
On Tuesday, together with Councillor Bob Goodman, we launched a six-week consultation on proposals which would see all higher emission vehicles, including cars, being charged to drive in a Clean Air Zone in Bath. We also announced a package of support for the community...[read more]
Friday, 19 October 2018
I was especially pleased this week to be able to thank a number of sponsors who joined me in the Guildhall for the launch of a really positive new awards scheme called Our Young Stars.
I mentioned this in last week’s blog, and you can be sure you will hear more about it as we build up to the event itself early next year, because it is something I am really proud to be part of.
Friday, 12 October 2018