This week we have focused on two announcements (subject to Cabinet approval) with new plans to tackle congestion in Bath and the next phase of the integration of Bath’s Library and One Stop Shop.
Both of these issues have been the subject of heated debate amongst people with views on both sides. On Tuesday I met with the Bath Deserves Better group to discuss our plans and answer some of the questions they have. You can read more about ‘Our Plan to get Bath Moving’
On Wednesday I was in the hot seat to answer more questions from listeners to the John Darvall show on BBC Radio Bristol. Subjects on the agenda included tackling Bath’s traffic issues, the future of our libraries and one stop shops and housing.
I also attended the South West in Bloom event in Radstock where I met with the new Chair of Radstock Town Council, Councillor Keith Tyrell on Wednesday. This was a great opportunity to meet with and speak to people about the issues that matter to them.
On Thursday I met with the Mayor of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) Tim Bowles and welcomed the significant investment that we will receive for a number of local transport projects which include £400,000 towards improvements to the A39/B3116 junction at the ‘two headed man’ to aid traffic flow and £40,000 for a Cycle Investment Package which will help fund improvements to the cycle network in Midsomer Norton and the Bath City Riverside Enterprise Zone.
This money will help to strengthen our transport network and reduce congestion. The improvements to transport infrastructure together with investment in sustainable transport options will help to make journeys quicker and easier while supporting our local economy and improving the region’s productivity.
Full Council met on Thursday evening where it was agreed a number of things including adopting the Placemaking Plan. This identifies the sites for future development for housing, employment and other uses to help meet development needs identified in the Core Strategy.
I met with Bath’s new MP Wera Hobhouse on Friday, where we discussed how we can work together to support Bath’s economic growth and development.