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 liaison meeting in Keynsham. It was a good opportunity to listen to representatives from parishes right across our area. These meetings are a valuable and important way of working with communities.
On Monday, along with fellow members of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, I went to the House of Commons to meet with regional MPs. We talked about our ambitions for the area and asked them to back a proposal that could generate an extra £2bn per annum for the economy.
Later this week I will be in Plymouth at a meeting of the Key Cities. This is a group of medium-sized local authorities who share similar strengths and challenges. By working together, we can ensure that our voice is heard by the highest levels of Government.
I’ll be chairing our Cabinet meeting next Wednesday November 4. We will be discussing our new corporate strategy, which set out our overarching plans for 2016 - 2020. The strategy sets out our commitment to investing in the future, putting the interests of residents first, whilst ensuring an efficient and well-run organisation. We will also receive reports demonstrating that we are balancing our budgets – I’d like to thank officers for all their hard work in supporting us to make this happen.
I will update after our Cabinet meeting but meantime don’t forget you can watch it on our webcast.
On Monday I will be in Keynsham at a Question & Answer session organised by the Chamber of Commerce. I expect this will be an interesting meeting with a lot of debate and questions for the Council. I will update on this in next week’s blog.
Looking a bit further ahead, the Christmas lights will be switched-on on November 19, as part of the Holburne Museum Lantern Procession. The youngest members of the procession will also bring their lanterns into Abbey Churchyard for the lighting of the Christmas Tree.
And so to rugby – this weekend sees the final of the Rugby World Cup and with Australia, the team that Bath has been hosting throughout the tournament, facing the All Blacks. I’m looking forward to a great game but to be honest I’m more concerned about the Bath v Harlequins score!