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e-connect 25 April

Date published: 2024-04-25

Cllr Kevin Guy, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council
e-connect 25 April 2024

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

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who responded to the recent Local Plan Options consultation.

This gave people the opportunity to comment on where we should plan for the delivery of new homes and jobs and what policies are needed for addressing the climate and ecological emergencies.

We received nearly 7,000 responses online. That’s three times more than any previous planning consultation. The planning team will carefully consider the issues raised and they will help to shape the Draft Local Plan.

We wanted to reach as many people as possible and give them the opportunity to have their say, so the nine-week consultation period included extensive communication with communities and stakeholders and a series of in-person events that were attended by more than 600 people. Our website also included links to videos, explaining the process and giving guidance for commenting or outlining the proposed options.

I think this response shows the pride we all have in our area. It’s a fantastic place, and, as council leader, I find people in other parts of the country are interested in what are doing, particularly on things like tackling the climate emergency.

This is reflected in a new report ‘Civic Partners in Net Zero’, which details innovative ways universities are working with their local places to achieve net zero targets. I am delighted that it includes a case study on our collaboration with the University of Bath on using local planning policy to reduce carbon in new buildings.

This report is from the Key Cities Innovation Network (KCIN), led by a Steering Group chaired by Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath.

The network coordinates universities associated with the cross-party group of 27 Key Cities across England and Wales – including Bath & North East Somerset.

I was joined by Professor White and Councillor Sarah Warren, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and Sustainable Travel, (pictured) this week at the launch of the report at the Houses of Parliament where I am delighted to say our joint work was showcased as best practice.

I am proud of the strong and longstanding partnerships we have with our two universities and look forward to continued fruitful collaborations

Have a good weekend.

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Webinar for owners and occupiers interested in retrofitting listed buildings

Owners and occupiers of listed buildings are invited to attend the first in a series of events that will help them to understand how they can save energy while also conserving their property.


Thousands of responses received to Local Plan Options consultation

The council has received more than 7,500 comments on the proposed options for future development needs across Bath and North East Somerset. 


New Alternative Provision school given green light

A bid to build a new school in Bath and North East Somerset to meet the needs of the most vulnerable pupils at risk of permanent exclusion has been approved by the Government.


Devonshire Tunnel

We are working with Sustrans on drainage solutions to resolve flooding in the Devonshire Tunnel. This could take some time, please check Sustrans’ webpage or on X @sustransSouth for updates.


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.

Follow us online

You can follow us on NextdoorXFacebook and 
Instagram; subscribe to us on YouTube and read the latest releases on our Newsroom. Visit our website.

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.

Help with the cost of living.
For people struggling to afford broadband or phone services, there are social tariffs available. Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has a webpage with more information about social tariffs including eligibility requirements and how to apply Social tariffs - Connecting Devon and Somerset

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.


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.

Public health

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.

You can report a problem with a street, park or green space to us directly with FixMyStreet.

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Date published: 2024-04-25

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

Date published: 2024-04-25

Date published: 2024-04-25