Council Leader's Blog


Back Bath don’t bring it down

It’s always disheartening to learn about any business in Bath and North East Somerset closing down resulting in job losses and leaving empty shop units or offices, which we all know doesn’t enhance an area.

As a council we are just as unhappy as any trader, resident or visitor to see vacant units in our city and town centres but what makes me equally as frustrated is then hearing people...[read more]

Friday, 03 August 2018

Experiencing a virtual home at Riverside

Looking back it has been great week on many fronts not least because there has been lots of opportunity to meet people across Bath & North East Somerset and to see a lot of positive work going on.

On Monday I went along to Chew Valley Community Forum which was a very informative and useful meeting. It was really well attended and gave people the chance to talk about local crime,...[read more]

Friday, 27 July 2018

Young people get to grips with local politics

During parts of this week I’ve had the absolute pleasure of being shadowed by two sixth form students from Bath’s Saint Gregory’s School.

Lily Webb and Nial Bowen, who are studying A level politics, have been a credit to themselves and their school. During the week they have attended meetings, learned about local democracy and got to grips with many of the major issues facing us here in...[read more]

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Listening to young people’s concerns

It has been quite a while since I last blogged, the reason being the recent Kingsmead ward by-election. Last Thursday Liberal Democrat Sue Craig was voted onto the council following a 35 per cent turn out of voters.

Councillor Craig has taken the seat of the late Chris Pearce. I would like to welcome Sue onto the council and congratulate her on winning the seat, as well as acknowledging...[read more]

Friday, 13 July 2018

Festivals, fayres and thanks

Over this past week I’ve been reminded about the vast number of people across Bath and North East Somerset who work tirelessly for the benefit of their communities.

On Tuesday I was at the AGM of East Harptree Parish Council, which first dealt with the appointments to various roles and duties before moving on to other business

Like all parish councils, East Harptree’s success...[read more]

Friday, 18 May 2018