Last week I mentioned the area forums which are taking place across the district and this week we held them at Keynsham and Temple Cloud.
An emergency at home meant I couldn’t make the Temple Cloud event however on Monday I did join others at Keynsham where we were able to explain how the council is setting its budget, our priorities and examples of savings that have...[read more]
Friday, 07 December 2018
This week has seen the first in our series of forums being held across the district where people have the chance to come along and people to talk to the council and to each other about issues in their communities.
The meetings started at Chew Valley on Tuesday and Somer Valley forum on Thursday where we were able to discuss the issues facing the authority over the coming months, in...[read more]
Friday, 30 November 2018
At the risk of being told it is too early to mention Christmas I want to get the message out that the council is supporting our town centres not just in the run up to December 25 but throughout the year.
This week the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) announced proposals to give high streets a boost through a proposed £10m Love our High Streets project and a decision on...[read more]
Friday, 23 November 2018
Much has been reported this week about a difficult but prudent decision cabinet colleagues and I took, to withdraw plans for Bath Central Library, which would have seen a number of council and partner services move into a new-look library at The Podium, alongside the closure of the existing one stop shop in Manvers Street.
The decision to freeze the proposal follows a review of capital...[read more]
Friday, 16 November 2018
Much has been said this week about the demands on council budgets and the continued savings we have to make while still delivering essential services.
Like other councils we cannot go cap in hand to the government and ask for more grants to help cover our increasing costs and this is why we are looking at other ways of becoming more self-sufficient.
Last night at full council we...[read more]
Monday, 12 November 2018