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Protecting frontline services

L-R Ben the magician, Cllr Martin Veal, Garry Weisberg (Union St Flowers), Cllr Tim Warren, Angie (Ruby Bees) & Simon (The Chilli Hut Hot Sauce Boutique)
L-R Ben the magician, Cllr Martin Veal, Garry Weisberg (Union St Flowers), Cllr Tim Warren, Angie (Ruby Bees) & Simon (The Chilli Hut Hot Sauce Boutique)

This week we have set out our four-year financial plan, which sets out to protect essential frontline services for our residents through increasing efficiency and generating new income. 

The proposals are based on initial findings from a spending review which addressed the need to find around £38 million in budget savings over the next four years. It’s a challenging time for all...[read more]

Thursday, 05 November 2015

Bath – the perfect place to set the next Bond movie!

L-R:  Cllr Matthew Riddle (South Glos.), Cllr Tim Warren (Bath NES), Cllr Nigel Ashton (N. Somerset), George Furguson (Bristol Mayor) at the House of Commons
L-R: Cllr Matthew Riddle (South Glos.), Cllr Tim Warren (Bath NES), Cllr Nigel Ashton (N. Somerset), George Furguson (Bristol Mayor) at the House of Commons

Firstly, congratulations to Bath:Hacked, a community organisation supported by the Council, which has been highly praised by the Digital Minister, Ed Vaisey, who said: “Bath is leading the way in smart city technology and the internet of things. They are so high tech they would be the perfect place to set the next Bond movie when it is set in the UK!”

Last week I attended a parish...[read more]

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Drawing on strengths in the local community

Britain in Bloom judges visit Bath (credit Bath News & Media Group)
Britain in Bloom judges visit Bath (credit Bath News & Media Group)

This week I attended a productive meeting of the Strategic Leaders’ Board, which focuses on strategic economic issues to assist the region’s growth in support of delivering the West of England Strategic Economic Plan. I will be visiting Parliament on 26 October, along with the other Strategic Leaders to push for devolution whilst maintaining our independence.

I would like to thank...[read more]

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Making our voice heard at a high level

Council Leader Cllr Tim Warren leading the Key Cities debate last week
Council Leader Cllr Tim Warren leading the Key Cities debate last week

As Leader of the Council, representing the West of England, I introduced and took part in a key cities debate at the Conservative party conference last week. It was an opportunity to put our case and ensure that our voice was heard by the highest levels of Government.

I made the point that to benefit local residents, areas should be allowed to develop a governance structure appropriate...[read more]

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Pushing hard for growth – on a national and local scale

Somer Valley Chamber of Commerce
Somer Valley Chamber of Commerce

This week has been packed tighter than a Rugby World Cup scrum – with quite a number of key things happening! As I mentioned in last week’s blog, on Friday, I attended a Key Cities meeting in London – aimed at lobbying the Government to give a stronger voice to medium-sized cities like Bath and the North East Somerset area. Together we’re pushing for more devolution and greater power to be...[read more]

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

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