Council Leader's Blog


Keeping our local area in shape and fighting fit for the future

Olympic Gold medalist Dani King
Olympic Gold medalist Dani King

This week I met with the Estates Manager at the University of Bath to discuss student accommodation. They have just started work on a new development at the Claverton Down campus and I was interested to hear all about it.  The topic of student accommodation always attracts plenty of interest, particularly when discussing where to locate housing for students so it was good to hear how the...[read more]

Friday, 17 March 2017

Actively involved in local communities

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, visits Bath
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, visits Bath

My week began with a reminder about the good work that our officers and staff at the Council do. We had a briefing where many of our staff came together to discuss the year ahead, some of the issues we face and how we plan to work together on delivering services with the needs and activities of our communities in mind.

On Monday night I visited the University of Bath, where I watched...[read more]

Friday, 10 March 2017

Living within our means

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....[read more]

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Celebrating our creative builders and designers

My week began with a meeting with developers where we discussed potential future building projects for Bath and North East Somerset and the West of England. Councillors Richardson and Clarke also attended the meeting where we talked about housing projects, the Joint Spatial Plan and the positive effects that the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) will have on skills and jobs....[read more]

Monday, 13 February 2017

A right Royal week of activity

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...[read more]

Friday, 03 February 2017