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e-connect 23 May

Date published: 2024-05-23

Cllr Kevin Guy, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council
e-connect 23 May 2024

A message from Cllr Kevin Guy, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council

We have now been given the date for the General Election – July 4. We will soon be entering a pre-election period when the council’s communications will follow strict election guidance. Council services will continue as normal but you may see some decisions and consultations are paused.

However rest assured the council will continue with its ambitious program of delivery. Our substantial investment in our city centre and high streets continues to bear fruit, as once again our city has been recognised for the fantastic place that it is, earning the title ‘best medium-size city for a staycation’ in a survey of Which members.

It is vital that we continue to attract visitors to keep our area vibrant and our economy thriving, However, the council’s main role is to deliver services for residents and improve the quality of life in neighbourhoods. Our Liveable Neighbourhoods programme is a key part of this. The next steps for Liveable Neighbourhoods are three linked trial traffic schemes in Gay Street, Catharine Place and Winifred’s Lane which are set to start from 15 July. Thesestreets are frequently used by motorists to avoid the main roads linking the A46/M4 to the south of Bath, so the aim is to address speeding and excessive through traffic. We also want to create a safe and pleasant active travel route through the area. I want to reassure residents and businesses that vehicle access to properties will be maintained during the trials, although some drivers may have to use a different route.

The experimental trials will be in place for a minimum of six months under an Experimental Road Traffic Order (ETRO) and their impact will be monitored. At any point during the six-month trial you can share your views. No decision will be made on whether to make the trials permanent until the council has considered all the outcomes.

This week cabinet members took the opportunity to meet in Midsomer Norton (pictured) where the council is investing £2.39m on a new public space in Market Square outside the Town Hall. We want the space to become a venue for outdoor events of all sizes, positioning Midsomer Norton as a market town once more. The project complements the ongoing restoration of Midsomer Norton’s Town Hall, making it possible for a combination of indoor and outdoor events to be held in the town. Both schemes together are part of the £3.7m Midsomer Norton High Street Regeneration Programme.

In addition to the regeneration work I am proud of the three-year pilot project The Active Way, which is supporting the health and wellbeing of Somer Valley residents. The council was highly commended for the scheme in the recent Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) President’s Awards – it’s great to see this national recognition.

Finally, I would like to congratulate Councillor Karen Walker and Councillor Liz Hardmen who were elected to the roles of Bath & North East Somerset Council Chair and Deputy Chair at our Annual Council Meeting last week. Both are very experienced councillors and great advocates for their respective Peasedown St John and Paulton communities. It is the second time Councillor Walker has been appointed as chair. I’m sure both will bring their vast experience to bear and will be great advocates for Bath & North East Somerset Council. Finally, I want to place on record many thanks to Councillor Sarah Moore for her hard work and commitment as the outgoing chair.

Take care and have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.


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Council meetings

Do you want to know about decisions being taken by the council and have your say? Please follow this link to the council’s calendar of meetings.

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Cost of living crisis

Worried about the cost of living? Help is out there. There is a dedicated Cost of Living Crisis section on Live Well B&NES, including:

You can also get help from your supplier through the Priority Services Register. This is a free support service that makes sure extra help is available to people in vulnerable situations. Check the website to see if you’re eligible to register.

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Library services

Our Libraries offer a range of services, including the Library at Home service where we can bring the library to you and sensory spaces for children and young adults with sensory needs. You can also find out about events happening in our libraries, like a crafty 'Zine Workshop which you can book free on Eventbrite for Bath, Keynsham or Midsomer Norton Library.


Employment support and skills



Achieve in B&NES provides a job and course search service for anybody wishing to enter the workplace or progress their career. There are free and funded courses from local providers.

We Work For Everyone

Looking for work and have a learning difficulty or learning disability, or you are autistic, we can help. Visit

Future Bright

Future Bright offers FREE career coaching, training and support. Visit the Future Bright website to find out more or call 01225 395555.

Employment & Skills Pod

The Employment & Skills Pod provides information, advice and guidance for residents who are unemployed, 18+ and would like support around employment. You can find out more on the achieve website.


Health, wellbeing and support


Live Well B&NES

Live Well B&NES is a web-based resource providing information, signposting and support to Bath & North East Somerset residents.

Community Wellbeing Hub

The Community Wellbeing Hub opening hours are from Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm. Call the Hub on 0300 247 0050 or text 07870 868368 or visit the website.

Bath Mind

Bath Mind is an independent mental health charity whose services operate across Bath and North East Somerset. Explore Bath Mind’s services by visiting their website. Alternatively, call Freephone 0808 175 1369 any day of the week between 9am and 11pm for mental health support.

Age UK

Age UK Bath & North East Somerset run specialised Dementia Groups in the district. These groups are a safe, fun environment for people to come for activities and friendship. Find out more here or call 01225 466135. You can also find out about digital support for people aged 55 and over. Email or visit

Sight loss support

Sight Support West of England provides emotional and practical support to help people adjust to living with sight loss. To find out more, or make an appointment please call  0117 3224885 or email. For more information on the full range of services, visit the website. For more useful information visit the RNIB website.

Domestic abuse

Southside provides help to people who live in Bath & North East Somerset who are at risk of domestic violence and abuse. The working hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday, and 9am-4pm Fridays. Local support services can be found here.

Bath Community Transport

Bath Community Transport provides accessible transport to community, church and support groups, social clubs, care homes and sport foundations.
Call 01225 832317 for further details or visit

Do you look after someone else?

If you support someone who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, addiction or who needs extra help as they grow older, support is available from Bath and North East Somerset Carers’ Centre. Freephone support line: 0800 038 8885 or email 9am-1pm, every weekday.

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To keep up to date with the latest public health news stories across Bath and North East Somerset, including upcoming events, consultations  and other information, subscribe to the public health monthly newsletter. You can also browse previous editions of the public health newsletter.

Specialist Covid-19 spring booster clinics for immunosuppressed children under 18 years-old are running in various locations during half term.

If they are under five years, please contact PALS ( who will contact the vaccination team to discuss the vaccination with you. There is no need to contact your GP.

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Date published: 2024-05-23

Cllr Kevin Guy, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council

Date published: 2024-05-23

Date published: 2024-05-23