This week I visited Shepton Mallet to meet with the Leaders of Somerset’s county and district councils, as part of a regular series of meetings to look into how we can work together to provide better services for our communities. My top priority is always to best serve the interests of our residents across the whole of Bath and North East Somerset.
Yesterday, I met officers from around the region to discuss possible improvements to the highways network, including Freezinghill Lane, in Bath – aimed at improving access to the Lansdown Park & Ride and a smoother flow on the main roads. We’re focused on how we can ease the increasing influx of traffic in the city centre – such as trying to ensure that people who regularly travel to Bath, including commuters, make the switch to more sustainable transport and parking options.
Alongside this we’ve introduced changes to the cost of parking in Council car parks this week, as part of our package of measures to tackle pollution, improve air quality and encourage more people to use Bath’s Park & Rides or other public transport. Through our commitment to put residents first, and to support local business, we’ve also introduced the Residents’ Parking Saver which offers a ten per cent discount. This can be activated when residents sign up for our MiPermit cashless system. You can do this via the website: www.wanttopark.com/bathnes.
Today I was pleased to catch up with James Gore of Bristol Airport, along with Les Redwood from Visit Bath, we talked about how we can work together to promote the city to visitors so that they can enjoy all the delights that we have to offer. We’re particularly keen to market overnight stays – in order to maximise the benefits for our local businesses; including restaurants, bars, hotels/ B’n’Bs and taxis. While we’re on the subject of making the most of Bath by night, don’t miss seeing the beautiful Roman Baths by torchlight – they’re open until 10pm (last entry by 9pm) – it’s a magical experience.