Council Leader's Blog


Entering the season of goodwill to all

My  week began with a meeting with the Syrian Refugee Committee to discuss how we can continue to help some of those affected by the situation in Syria. The conflict has left thousands of people living in extremely difficult circumstances and we may be able to offer more of these people help and support in Bath & North East Somerset in the future.

I was disappointed to learn...[read more]

Friday, 25 November 2016

Decisions and local elections

A key decision regarding the West of England devolution deal was made by Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils this week as we voted to give consent on the Parliamentary Order to seek the establishment of a West of England Combined Authority.

It follows earlier decisions to move forward with the proposed £1billion West of England devolution deal and...[read more]

Friday, 18 November 2016

Plans for more personalised health and social care, investing in our economy and preparing for winter

Tim Warren at the sports awards - photo credit Paul Gillis
Tim Warren at the sports awards - photo credit Paul Gillis

A number of key decisions were made at the full Council meeting on Thursday night, November 10. The Council endorsed the recommendations of an independent panel in awarding a contract to Virgin Care to deliver community health and care services in our area. The panel which assessed the bids and made the recommendation comprised of GPs, clinicians, officers, carers and – crucially – local...[read more]

Friday, 11 November 2016

Another busy week!

This week I have attended a turf cutting event to mark the start of building work on the new Somerdale Educate Together Primary School, which is being developed by Taylor Wimpey in Keynsham. Once the building is complete it will provide 210 spaces for local children.

I joined other council leaders from across the country for the Leading Edge - Smarter Places event which was hosted by...[read more]

Wednesday, 02 November 2016

The importance of partnership working

I’ve been involved in a lot of partnership meetings this week, working with local and national bodies to share experiences, learn from them and work together to everyone’s benefit.

On Thursday I took part in a round-table discussion with Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as local leaders and...[read more]

Friday, 28 October 2016