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 access our beautiful part of the West easily.
I have also been discussing cross boundary opportunities for training and apprenticeships with my colleagues in South Gloucestershire. We want to be able to offer greater opportunities for young people to shape and develop their skills to ensure they can access good jobs and training.
I was pleased to visit the Indoor Guildhall Market at the end of last week where I met some of the traders and tasted some of the specialist foods on offer. The indoor market ran alongside the Bath Christmas Market and was once again a huge success, so well done to all the traders and organisers for putting on such a welcome event. Staying on the subject of the Bath Christmas Market, I very much enjoyed this year’s event, which saw thousands of people visit the city. The market is a huge boost for tourism, not just for the traders selling their wares, but for the hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants and other businesses where people spend their money.
On Thursday I was given a tour of Cholwell House. This is a residential, dementia care and nursing home in Temple Cloud. I met with staff and residents there and discussed what we as a community can do to assist with dementia care in the future. Whilst the local authority has a huge part to play in this, there is also other work and assistance that can be provided within communities to help support those with the condition.
In rugby this week Bath took on Cardiff Blues at the Rec in the European Challenge Cup after defeat at the weekend. A fantastic 38-3 victory for Bath sees them top of pool three. However, there was disappointment for Chew Valley in the local derby against Keynsham last weekend when they lost 23-6.
As the festive season arrives, it is a time when we not only think about families and loved ones, but also colleagues and those we have worked with over the last year. I attended a pre-Christmas civic reception in the Mayor’s Parlour this week and would like to end this week by wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas.