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...[read more]
Friday, 16 December 2016
On Monday I attended an event alongside experts in local government from a range of sectors where we discussed the Chancellor’s Autumn statement and the impact it will have on local businesses. It’s important that the Council continues to support local businesses during this challenging economic climate so it was good to hear some examples of best practice and share ideas.
Friday, 09 December 2016
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...[read more]
Friday, 02 December 2016
My week began with a meeting with the Syrian Refugee Committee to discuss how we can continue to help some of those affected by the situation in Syria. The conflict has left thousands of people living in extremely difficult circumstances and we may be able to offer more of these people help and support in Bath & North East Somerset in the future.
I was disappointed to learn...[read more]
Friday, 25 November 2016
A key decision regarding the West of England devolution deal was made by Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils this week as we voted to give consent on the Parliamentary Order to seek the establishment of a West of England Combined Authority.
It follows earlier decisions to move forward with the proposed £1billion West of England devolution deal and...[read more]
Friday, 18 November 2016