May 14, 2020

Bath and North East Somerset Council are currently consulting on adjustments to the Local Plan, the blueprint for the future shape of the district. It sets out broad parameters for things like the number of houses and where they should be built.

It’s never a straightfor...

April 8, 2020

It seems amazing that it was only a month ago that I was writing optimistically about the superb new Bath Spa University art school in the re-modelled Herman Miller building in Locksbrook Road. The world has certainly changed in the last four weeks.

However, one of the...

March 5, 2020

Last week I had the chance to attend the official opening of Bath Spa University’s brilliant new Campus in the former Herman Miller building in Locksbrook Road. It’s a great place with lots of different spaces for creative young people to develop their skills and as on...

February 5, 2020

Now that we’ve got a new National Government with a huge Parliamentary majority and we’ve moved away from discussing whether or not we should leave the European Union you can be certain that Downing Street will be inundated with ideas and requests for help from all aro...

December 5, 2019

Democracy is all very well, but sometimes it produces results which quite honestly give people in business a bit of a headache. It’s nothing to do with party politics because the Chamber of Commerce and Initiative work support no individual group and our members are pr...

November 6, 2019

Many businesses of all sizes, plus organisations like Councils, have been declaring a “Climate Emergency” as a response to their environmental concerns. So as one who is as keen as the next person to jump on a bandwagon when it’s passing, I’ve been asking our members w...

October 1, 2019

Back in the Middle Ages, when my copy of The Dandy comic was delivered on a Monday morning, by the year 2000 we were all supposed to be flying around in mini space ships, wearing silver foil suits. It didn’t turn out that way. Instead, we have congested urban centres w...

August 31, 2019

A couple of months back I wrote about the growth in employment levels in the rural areas of Bath and North East Somerset, which were outstripping those in urban areas. One of the reasons for that was people being keen to avoid the trials and tribulations of dealing wit...

July 30, 2019

Sandy has painted a superb new sign for the Druid's Arms in Stanton Drew, depicting the ancient stones in the pub garden.

She cleverly produced two slightly different portrayals of the stones - one in sunshine, and the other in moonlight.

Look closely and you'll see she...

July 30, 2019

News of more progress towards the creation of much needed modern office space on the Bath Quays North site is very welcome. Legal & General and its development manager, Bell Hammer, have been appointed to develop the area and the buildings can’t come soon enough. Compa...

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