Yesterday many of us attended the funeral of Councillor Chris Pearce – a true gentleman and a devoted family man who served on the council for three years. He passed away on April 30.

Chris will be remembered for his distinctive qualities and commitment to his community – especially on delivering highways improvements to make roads safer for residents.

Chris had moved from London to Bath and was elected as councillor for the Kingsmead ward in May 2015.  He served as Vice-Chair on the Avon Pension Fund Committee and Chair of the Avon Pension Fund Investment Panel.  He also served on the Bath City Forum.

He was a remarkable man and full of energy and he will be sorely missed as a colleague and a friend. Thoughts are with his family who were supported yesterday by many people for whom Chris made a positive impact on their lives.

It is never easy changing the subject after talking about the sad loss of a colleague, however there has been one operational issue this week, which all councillors tackle year in and year out to help make their communities better for everyone.

And the common issue which the Bank Holiday sunshine brought out quite literally was litter. Warm weather inevitably means lots of people enjoy our lovely parks and green spaces, and most either use our litter bins or better still take rubbish home to recycle it. However there are others who are irresponsible and anti-social leaving litter behind, which is then left to the council to pick up and to foot the bill 

While we are putting an additional support truck into place at weekends, as required in the summer months and on busy Bank Holidays, to help with emptying bins we really want to get a message across to people – if you can carry your picnic to the park then you can carry your litter to a bin or take it home. If our bins are full please report it and find another one or take your rubbish with you – it’s that simple.

At full council this week we welcomed the new Chair of the Council, Councillor Karen Walker who has taken up the title from outgoing Chair Councillor Cherry Beath. Karen is a Peasedown ward councillor who I am sure has a great deal planned for getting out and about in Bath and North East Somerset in her new role as Chair over the coming year.

And congratulations must go to Bath RFC thanks to their fantastic 63-19 win over London Irish at the weekend. There’s a lot for Bath RFC fans to look forward to now the team has secured Champions’ Cup rugby -  so  very well done to the team and the club for giving us a great end to this season of rugby.