Council Leader's Blog


Meeting and working together

Most of this week, it’s fair to say, has been taken up with meetings; each and every one framed by how much more organisations can achieve by working together – for the benefit of the city and wider regions.

As a council we are currently talking to residents at our forums about the budget challenges we face and on Monday I was at Chew Valley Forum discussing, with residents, how we can...[read more]

Friday, 08 December 2017

Investing in the future

Seeing big investment schemes come to life, knowing the hard work and commitment that has gone into them, is always rewarding.

And this week I had the pleasure of looking around the initial work to transform the river bank between Bath’s Churchill Bridge and Green Park. These have been completed in the latest phase of the ambitious £6.2 million Bath Quays Waterside project.

When...[read more]

Friday, 01 December 2017

Listening over libraries

As we all know, Bath’s incredibly popular Christmas Market has opened and, as in previous years, it welcomes thousands of visitors who come to soak up our special festive atmosphere in our beautiful city.

So much hard work goes into the event and this year is no different. You may have seen reports about some prudent additional safety steps we’ve taken, these have been done to reassure...[read more]

Friday, 24 November 2017

Working together on tough decisions


We all know there is never a good time to share difficult news and this week has been no exception. The council is facing significant pressures on its budget and we are having to make some tough decisions including job losses, however our commitment to protecting front line services as much as possible remains steadfast.    

The budget has been front and centre of my...[read more]

Friday, 17 November 2017

Keeping a lid on HMOs and driving down waste

At the Cabinet meeting this week, we agreed a new policy on houses with multiple occupants (HMOs). It follows on from a consultation in September/October where 49 per cent of people who took part wanted to see HMOs limited to a ten per cent threshold within an area. We’re responding to residents’ concerns while recognising the role HMOs have in our housing stock and I hope it will help prevent...[read more]

Friday, 10 November 2017