Council Leader's Blog


Delivering on new homes for Bath and North East Somerset

Taking action to deliver new homes and jobs is one of the council’s six corporate priorities, and it was great to announce this week that a record number of new homes were built in Bath and North East Somerset during the past year.

At the start of the week I went along to take a look at some of the new affordable social housing properties being built by Charlcombe Homes Ltd in Tyning...[read more]

Friday, 15 December 2017

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