The new Conservative leadership of Bath & North East Somerset Council has set out its priorities for the next four years, with a promise to reform the way the local authority works and build a Council which ‘puts the interests of residents first’.
At the authority’s Annual General Meeting last Thursday, 21st May, the Council’s new Conservative leader, Cllr Tim Warren, said that improving transport, investing in the local economy and getting the Council’s finances back on track would all be at the top of the agenda for his new administration.
At the authority’s first Council meeting since the local elections at which the Conservatives took control of the Council from the Lib Dems, Councillor Warren reaffirmed his commitment to delivering on the promises made within the party’s local election manifesto, which included plans to improve local leisure facilities, deliver more affordable homes, and invest in the area’s transport infrastructure, all under a theme of ‘putting residents first’.
Council Leader Tim Warren said:
“We’ve got a big task ahead of us and we’re very humbled by the trust residents have put in us, but we’ve got a good team in place of talented individuals with fresh ideas and a clear vision for making our area an even better place to live.
“With the Council’s new administration now officially appointed, we’re ready to roll-up our sleeves and get on with the job of delivering on the commitments made during the election – such as sorting out our area’s transport system and getting the Council’s finances in order.
“There will be difficult decisions ahead, especially when it comes to finding the necessary budget savings within the Council, but B&NES is a great area with huge potential and I’m optimistic about what we can achieve in the next few years.”
Explaining the approach the Conservatives will take to running the Council over the next four years, Councillor Warren added:
“There’s one overriding theme running through everything we plan to do – and that’s ensuring the interests of residents always come first. Does this proposal truly serve the interests of local residents? That will be the litmus test we will apply to all decisions in the Council.
“‘Residents first’ was on the front-page of our manifesto, and that is the approach we will take to running the Council over the next four years.”
The Conservatives took control of B&NES Council at the local elections earlier this month, becoming the first political party since B&NES was created to gain an outright majority on the Council, with a total of 37 Councillors against the Lib Dems’ 15 seats and Labour’s 6 Councillors. A further 5 Councillors were also elected as independents.