Council Leader's Blog


Policing, providing opportunities and a tribute to our Armed Forces

Armed Forces Ceremony (Photo credit: Fez Parker)
Armed Forces Ceremony (Photo credit: Fez Parker)

It’s been a diverse week which began with a poignant and moving flag raising ceremony in honour of our Armed Forces. The annual event at the Guildhall provided time for reflection on the contribution that members of the Armed Forces make to our lives.

On Tuesday I was invited to attend a Local Government Association (LGA) Parliamentary Reception at the House of Lords. This was to mark...[read more]

Friday, 23 June 2017

Back to business after elections

This week sees the return of my weekly blog after a long period of suspension ahead of two elections – the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) Mayor and the recent General Election.

I would like to welcome the new Member of Parliament for Bath, Liberal Democrat Wera Hobhouse to the political fold in Bath, following the General Election last week. I look forward to establishing a...[read more]

Friday, 16 June 2017

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