The week began with sadness in Bath after Henry Burke tragically lost his life after falling into the River Avon. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Bath & North East Somerset Council is part of the River Safety Group which will be convened to review existing safety measures in place.
This week I visited Parliament as part of the Key Cities group. We met to discuss the formation of a Parliamentary lobby group for medium sized cities to speak with combined voices on a range of issues. It was a very positive meeting and I look forward to further developments in the future.
I also attended a meeting in Saltford as part of the consultation process for the West of England Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study. Amongst proposals being discussed for the Saltford area are a bypass and a railway station and it was good to hear the views of local people both for and against the plans.
On Friday I took part in a walkabout around the Westmoreland ward of Bath where I met with Councillor June Player to discuss some of the issues facing local people. This follows a similar walk around the Widcombe ward the week before. These sessions help me to ensure that the things that matter to those living in our communities are reflected in the wider agenda for Bath and North East Somerset and I look forward to visiting more areas over the coming weeks.
It was disappointing to see Bath Rugby lose to Harlequins last weekend, even with just a point in it. This weekend sees Bath take on Saracens at The Rec and let’s hope England can continue their winning run when they take on Australia in the last of the Autumn internationals.