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 everyone who responded to the east of Bath Park & Ride consultation, which concluded this week. The Council has received several thousand responses and now needs time to review the very large number of comments received as part of its consideration of the wider issues around the east of Bath Park & Ride. More details will be released once this work has been undertaken.

We had a successful launch of the new Cultural and Creative Strategy for Bath and North East Somerset on Monday evening. This initiative has been developed jointly between the Council and organisations within the area to offer world-class cultural and creative activity for everyone.

It was great to see Bath winning the gold award in this year's Britain in Bloom champion of champions category – beating off 70 other finalists and representing the south west as the best small city. This is a well-deserved honour for the Bath in Bloom Committee; local volunteers and community groups, as well as the Council’s Parks and Cleansing teams. Congratulations to everyone involved!

I also wanted to say thank you to everybody who took part in the Chew Magna Practice Flood event earlier this month. The day was organised by the Parish Council, Chew Valley Flood Forum and representatives from Bath & North East Somerset Council together with the Environment Agency. It’s reassuring to know that the Flood Wardens and villagers are prepared to tackle the risk of flooding this winter from the River Chew and Winford Brook, through the village flooding plan and the quick installation of Property Level Protection to their homes. Thanks also to the crews from Chew Magna Fire Station – who helped home owners and businesses learn how to protect their premises from flooding –and the community police who were in attendance too.

On Wednesday, I’ll be getting together with the community in Keynsham for the Parish Liaison Meeting. We’ll be discussing the Keynsham Transport Strategy, along with Community Transport updates and the Parish Sweeper Scheme. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there.

Finally, I was really pleased to learn that Bath and North East Somerset has been named the most family friendly place in England, in a new report by the Family and Childcare Trust. If you want to find out more about the support available to families, then please visit the Council’s Family Information Service webpage: www.bathnes.gov.uk/fis.