A message from Cllr Kevin Guy, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council
Tonight we are holding the Keynsham Area Forum which is also its AGM, it is the latest in our current area forum series. Thank you to everyone who attended Chew Valley yesterday and Somer Valley last week. The forums give you the chance to discuss priorities that are important to your area as well as hear updates on important projects taking place where you live. You can find more information about the forums on the council website.
Yesterday Councillor Paul Roper, cabinet member Economic and Cultural Sustainable Development and I (pictured) took the opportunity to see where our world-class Fashion Museum collection is being temporarily stored. Storage is a significant undertaking with almost 100,000 objects in the collection and it enables essential conservation and cataloguing work to be undertaken. Work is under way on ambitious plans to rehouse the collection in the Old Post Office site in the centre of Bath. During this transition period the collection will be available digitally and exhibits have and will continue to be sent out to some of the world’s greatest museums, you can sign up for a newsletter with updates about it.
A new fashion museum forms part of our long-term regeneration commitments for the city in particular around the Milsom Quarter. This builds on investment we have already made and is translating into new opportunities. More than 60 pop-up businesses have been supported in Bath city centre over the past year and vacancy rates are low in the city which is great news. Looking back at last weekend it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the Great Bath Feast Festival in and around Milsom Street. We have supported this very popular event though our High Street Renewal Programme.
Finally, I want to highlight a fantastic offer from Bath Philharmonia which once again is giving free tickets to local people for their concert at The Forum on 3 October for the opening concert of their 2023/24 season. Tickets can be booked at Bath Box Office and full details on how to claim the offer are here www.bathphil.co.uk/bathphilforfree so if you have never enjoyed music performed by a live orchestra now’s your chance to take up this brilliant offer.
Have a good weekend.