Hear what devolution could mean for skills, housing and transport in Bath and have your say on the priorities for the West of England Mayor
In May, local people in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire will be electing a new Mayor for the West of England as part of a devolution agreement struck between the three councils and central government. This will be a step change in the way the West of England operates, bringing enhanced powers and funding for local leaders across a number of areas including planning, transport and skills.
Bath Chamber of Commerce, Bath Business Improvement District and the Bath Chronicle have brought together a first-class panel of speakers to discuss what they want to see when the new Mayor takes office – in relation to skills, housing, transport and the region’s emerging Joint Spatial Plan.
Join us for a buffet breakfast, networking and the opportunity to discuss what devolution could mean for Bath businesses on these vitally important issues.
07.30 Buffet breakfast and networking
08.00 Welcome Rachael Sugden, Editor, Bath Chronicle
08.05 Cllr Tim Warren, Leader, Bath and North East Somerset Council
Introduction to West of England Devolution
08.10 Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive, Bath College - Skills
08.15 Gerraint Oakley, MD, Curo Homes - Housing
08.20 Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman, Network Rail - Transport
08.25 Lisa Bartlett, Divisional Director – Development, BANES Council - Joint Spatial Plan
08.30 Q&A Chaired by Ian Bell, Director, Bath Chamber of Commerce
(Please note we will ask for you to pre submit questions in advance on booking. Questions will be selected prior to the event & put to the panel)
09.00 Event close Louise Prynne, Chief Executive, Bath Business Improvement District
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 23rd March.