On Monday I met with traders in Kingsmead Square, in Bath. We discussed potential pedestrianisation, ways to improve the area and what more can be done to support retailers.
Making improvements has been on the agenda for some time now, we want to drive this forward and it was good to hear feedback from those who live and work there.
On Tuesday we had a lively budget meeting. After much discussion the budget proposals were agreed. As you can imagine, having to save £49 million over four years is a tough challenge, but by delivering services differently and changing the way we work we are minimising the impact on local services. We are doing well in comparison to other local authorities, our Council Tax rise is one of the lowest in the country.
On Wednesday I attended a parish liaison meeting in Keynsham to give a general update on what’s currently happening in the authority. It was a good opportunity to hear concerns and talk about possible solutions, as well as hearing ideas for the future.
And finally... In rugby it was a good weekend all round with wins for Bath against Northampton Saints, England against Wales in the Six Nations and Chew Valley against Bristol Saracens.