Last Friday I attended a meeting between the Council and Curo to discuss regeneration plans for Foxhill. We’re working together on a long-term vision for the area, building on the work that has already been done with local residents and stakeholders. It was a really good event, and one of a series of ways that we’re trying to improve communications so that local people know what’s going on and can put their views forward. Curo’s new Mulberry Park development is a significant opportunity to kick-start wider improvements to the area and I’m keen to make sure all those involved work closely with residents to make the most of the investment going in over the coming years.
On Tuesday I went to a Network Rail event in Bath to hear about progress on electrification of the railway. This improvement work will mean a faster, cleaner and more efficient train service, which will bring economic benefits to our area. Network Rail is holding a series of events in the next few weeks at Keynsham, Oldfield Park and Saltford detailing the next stages, which include nine days of works to the east of Bath next year.
I also visited Cleveland Pools to see how the restoration work is progressing. I actually swam in the pools when I was a child so it was really interesting to go back there. It’s an impressive project and the plan is for people to be able to swim there again in two years’ time.
On Thursday I’m judging the Bath Bridge Top Trumps competition, which has been running alongside the formal Bath Quays Bridge competition. Over 70 children designed bridges for Top Trumps cards – I’m really looking forward to seeing what they’ve come up with. Then on Monday November 16, the winner of the Bath Quays Bridge competition will be revealed. The new bridge is an essential component of the Council’s plans to create a new business district, Bath Quays, in the city’s riverside quarter.
Later on Thursday there will be a full Council meeting with an important debate about plans for a park and ride to the east of Bath. Don’t forget that you can tune in on the webcast and see what’s going on. LINK to webcast
Good news this week that Bath and North East Somerset has one of the lowest rates of premature mortality in England – that’s something we need to celebrate. There are very many reasons why people in our area live long, and often very healthy lives, but the work of the Council contributes to this in many ways. In particular the Public Health team which commissions services that help people live healthier lives, including support to stop smoking, moderating the use of alcohol and other drugs and helping people who want to improve their diet and exercise more. There are also health visiting and school nursing services, and other school-based activities to help families and young people take active control of their own health.
Filming for Another Mother’s Son took place at The Guildhall this week, with actors including Jenny Seagrove, Susan Hampshire and Ronan Keating spotted. Well done to the Film Office for organising this, I am sure the crew were very pleased with the access and help they received. This year our Film Office has helped organise over 200 film days on productions ranging from Channel Four’s Four in a Bed to the BBC’s Sherlock. On Friday they will be launching a new Film Friendly Partnership, which aims to promote our area to film makers, which can bring in huge economic benefits to local businesses. Link to press release about this