Last Friday I was lucky enough to catch up with the teams taking part in the Fed Cup Tennis fans came from far and wide to see the world’s top women players and our thanks must go to Bath University and the LTA for hosting the first Fed Cup matches to be held in the UK for 26 years.
Thanks also to the Roman Baths for hosting a reception at the Roman Baths & Pump Room for all the teams the night before the competition.
It turned out to be a fantastic four days of tennis for the Great Britain team, who won all four of their ties to qualify for April’s playoffs.
Monday saw me meet the Federation of Bath Resident’s Associations (FOBRA). It was a chance for me to listen to their concerns about the issues that affect them and talk about what the council is doing to address them. Not surprisingly our proposal for a clean air zone in Bath was a hot topic of conversation.
We’re currently putting together a detailed report on the future of a clean air zone in the city which will go before a special meeting of the cabinet on 5 March.
I met FOBRA members again on Tuesday at the association’s winter reception, held at the Victoria Art Gallery – a great back drop giving us all the chance to talk more informally about the city.
On Wednesday I attended the World Heritage Advisory Board where we discussed a potential bid for lottery funding for the restoration of Beckford’s Tower at Lansdown, a landmark building which is currently home to a museum and is owned by Bath Preservation Trust.
Yesterday Bob Goodman went on my behalf to the Clean Air Summit in London. It was a chance for him to discuss with the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, mayors and council leaders from across England ways of tackling air pollution. Top of the agenda was a call for new legislation and funding to provide extra powers to elected mayors and local councils through a Clean Air Act.
This week ends with our Building Control Awards which I’m very much looking forward to attending at the Guildhall tonight. It’s a chance for us to recognise local builders and developers working across the district, who deliver high standards of design, workmanship and project management. Congratulations to all the nominees.