This week I was invited to witness a key phase in the Saw Close development which is currently underway in Bath city centre. I attended the topping out ceremony for the scheme, which I am sure will help increase footfall and boost the local economy. This part of the city centre has been in need of this kind of development for some time and I am sure it will be good for local businesses and for attracting visitors. As well as the construction jobs it will help lead to longer term employment opportunities in the local area in the future.
I was also invited to attend a reception at St John’s Hospital, where the new name and identity for the charity’s almshouses in the centre of Bath was unveiled. It will now be known as St John’s Foundation Est 1174. The charity has been supporting people and organisations throughout Bath and the surrounding area for 843 years.
There was much excitement amongst the residents and staff as some had had the opportunity to meet Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Wednesday saw the Council’s Cabinet meet to discuss and recommend the budget proposals. Full council will now meet on 14th February to vote on the proposals which outline plans to save £37 million over the next three years.
On Thursday morning I was the guest of John Darvall on BBC Radio Bristol where I discussed a range of issues with members of the public including the East of Bath Park & Ride, modernising the library service and our budget proposals.
In the afternoon, as part of the Youth Parliament, I went to Norton Hill School, in Midsomer Norton, where I met budding politicians of the future. There were presentations from the Bath & North East Somerset Youth Forum and the school’s Member of Youth Parliament which were very interesting and engaging.
I also met with MPs Ben Howlett and Jacob Rees-Mogg this week as part of my regular updates. We discussed some of the local issues on the agenda.
I am looking forward to the start of the Six Nations this weekend as England take on France at Twickenham. I was disappointed with the result following the Bath Gloucester match last weekend. It was a good game but a win would have been better!