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New West of England Mayor announced in election result

New West of England Mayor announced in election result

The new Mayor of the West of England has been declared as Dan Norris after all votes in the election were counted today (8 May). Dan Norris won the most first and second preference votes with a total of 125,482. The total number of ballot papers verified was 256,632. The turnout in the West of… Read More…

Don’t forget to vote in the West of England Mayoral Election on Thursday 6 May

Don’t forget to vote in the West of England Mayoral Election on Thursday 6 May

Residents in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire are being reminded to vote for their West of England Mayor on Thursday 6 May. Polls are open from 7am to 10pm and registered voters can find their polling station via the online tool (created by the Democracy Club): www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/find-a-polling-station/. The Regional Mayor leads the… Read More…

Council leads the way in sustainable food procurement

Council leads the way in sustainable food procurement

A procurement system for providing sustainable fresh meat, vegetables and fruit to schools which were designed, developed and piloted by Bath & North East Somerset Council has been hailed as best practice by a Commons Select Committee and may now be rolled out nationwide. The Dynamic Food Procurement System (DFP), piloted by the council in… Read More…

School offer day for reception places

School offer day for reception places

Almost every family in Bath and North East Somerset has been offered one of their overall preferences for primary school places in 2021/22. Figures released today show 99 per cent of applications received one of their overall preferences with 93 per cent getting their first preference of primary school. The total number of applications received… Read More…

Libraries offer browsing again and mobile library heads back on the road

Libraries offer browsing again and mobile library heads back on the road

Bath and North East Somerset’s libraries will offer Covid-safe browsing again from Monday 12 April, with the mobile library also resuming a limited service. Following the easing of Government restrictions residents will be able to browse the resources available at Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton libraries. The libraries will continue to  operate their collection service… Read More…

Households with children: Pick up your Covid-19 home testing kit

Households with children: Pick up your Covid-19 home testing kit

Households with school age children are being urged to continue testing throughout the Easter holidays. Over the coming weeks, lockdown restrictions are expected to be loosened across England in line with the Government’s Roadmap. Changes will include the return of organised sport, as well as groups of six people or two households being allowed to mix… Read More…

New director of public health for Bath and North East Somerset

New director of public health for Bath and North East Somerset

A new director of public health has been appointed by Bath & North East Somerset Council ahead of the retirement of the present director, Dr Bruce Laurence. Becky Reynolds, who has worked as a consultant in the council’s public health team since 2013, will take over the role next week. Bruce has been the director… Read More…

Free school meals vouchers for Easter

Free school meals vouchers for Easter

Families whose children are eligible for free school meals will be provided with supermarket vouchers worth £40 to cover the upcoming Easter school holidays by Bath & North East Somerset Council. From tomorrow (March 26) eligible families who received vouchers from the council’s free school meals scheme during the February holidays will automatically receive an… Read More…

‘Up the beak, twice a week.’

‘Up the beak, twice a week.’

Residents in Bath and North East Somerset are being encouraged to get into the habit of having a rapid Covid-19 test. Over the coming weeks, lockdown restrictions are expected to be loosened across England in line with the Government’s Roadmap. Changes will include the return of organised sport, as well as groups of six people or… Read More…

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