Some good news for our area in last week’s Spending Review from the Chancellor. Firstly we heard that The Somer Valley is to get Enterprise Zone status. We don’t have all the details yet but we know that this will provide a real boost to the local economy, including opportunities for business to relocate and grow, bringing investment and jobs. A lot of work, and negotiations, went in to...[read more]
Wednesday, 02 December 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed the Holburne Lantern Procession last Thursday evening in Bath. Over 1,000 people, mostly children, took part and there were over 7,500 people lining the streets. The Christmas tree outside the Abbey was lit by the children and the Christmas lights came on too. It was a lovely event and it was great to see so many children involved – it’s what Christmas is all about. This...[read more]
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Last Wednesday I met with the Government’s Treasury department in London to discuss devolution and our ambitions for the area. Working with our neighbouring councils, we have put together proposals that could generate an extra £2bn per annum for the regional economy. I’ll be meeting with another Government Minister on Thursday to discuss these plans further.
I thoroughly enjoyed judging...[read more]
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Last Friday I attended a meeting between the Council and Curo to discuss regeneration plans for Foxhill. We’re working together on a long-term vision for the area, building on the work that has already been done with local residents and stakeholders. It was a really good event, and one of a series of ways that we’re trying to improve communications so that local people know what’s going on and...[read more]
Thursday, 12 November 2015
This week we have set out our four-year financial plan, which sets out to protect essential frontline services for our residents through increasing efficiency and generating new income.
The proposals are based on initial findings from a spending review which addressed the need to find around £38 million in budget savings over the next four years. It’s a challenging time for all...[read more]
Thursday, 05 November 2015