Council Leader's Blog


Taking the Roman Baths into the 21st Century

It is always good to be reminded of our city’s incredible heritage assets and I was fortunate enough to spend some time at The Roman Baths following the announcement of a £5million trial to bring superfast 5G to tourist destinations in Bath and Bristol.      

The West of England Combined Authority has secured Government money which will see 5G...[read more]

Friday, 16 March 2018

Keeping services going during the snow

As this week comes to a close it seems hard to imagine that last Friday Bath and North East Somerset, like the rest of the country, was covered in snow as the ‘beast from the east’ struck.  

So many communities rallied around and helped each other and for many people it meant a welcome day or two at home and the chance for children to get their toboggans out and enjoy the snow...[read more]

Friday, 09 March 2018

Young people having their say

You can learn so much from young people and I had the privilege of listening to members of Bath’s Youth Parliament when they took over the council chamber on Tuesday.

Six candidates put their manifestos forward in the UK Youth Parliament elections and I heard some extremely passionate and well-argued speeches.

The Youth Parliament gives the young people of the UK a powerful voice...[read more]

Friday, 23 February 2018

Looking ahead with a balanced budget

Alongside a full council meeting on Tuesday, where we set the budget for 2018/19 it has been a busy week all round.

Setting a budget, which ensures we live within our means, has been challenging. I want to thank all those council officers involved for the hard work they have done.

Despite the difficult decisions required to balance the budget which will mean job losses, we are...[read more]

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Having a hoot with Minerva’s Owls of Bath

We are all wise to the fact there’s nowhere quite like Bath and this summer a new owl sculpture trail will add another feather in our cap – when a hundred individually decorated large and small owls will grace the city’s streets.

I was lucky enough to go along to the launch of Minerva’s Owls of Bath 2018 trail at the Roman Baths on Tuesday. A hundred individually-decorated large and...[read more]

Friday, 09 February 2018