As Leader of the Council, representing the West of England, I introduced and took part in a key cities debate at the Conservative party conference last week. It was an opportunity to put our case and ensure that our voice was heard by the highest levels of Government.
I made the point that to benefit local residents, areas should be allowed to develop a governance structure appropriate...[read more]
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
This week has been packed tighter than a Rugby World Cup scrum – with quite a number of key things happening! As I mentioned in last week’s blog, on Friday, I attended a Key Cities meeting in London – aimed at lobbying the Government to give a stronger voice to medium-sized cities like Bath and the North East Somerset area. Together we’re pushing for more devolution and greater power to be...[read more]
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
I’m pleased to see that our public consultation on plans for a new east of Bath Park & Ride site has already received over 500 responses – both online and at the drop-in events in Bathampton Village Hall last Saturday and The Guildhall on Tuesday. There’s another meeting at Batheaston on Tuesday 29 September. Please do try to have a look at the plans and give us your views – if you’ve been...[read more]
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Last night I was lucky enough to attend the official Welcome Ceremony for the Australian Rugby Team at The Assembly Rooms. Bath is hosting the team during the World Cup 2015. It was a fantastic and well organised event that created a great atmosphere for the start of the Rugby World Cup. As a rugby fan it was a real honour to meet the team, including the Captain Stephen Moore, who I...[read more]
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
I begin my first blog with news of an exciting devolution deal we’ve put together with our partners in the West of England.
We’re calling on the Government to back a bid that could generate an extra £2bn per annum for the economy. It’s an ambitious proposal which has at its heart the need to deliver new homes, create more jobs, and improve our area’s transport infrastructure. I...[read more]
Wednesday, 09 September 2015