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Bath & NES

Bath and North East Somerset Council is one of four councils to recently join Key Cities, the network of 21 other member cities, which have a broad political and geographical spread across the UK. The other new members are Lincoln, Wrexham and Exeter.

The new members will further strengthen the network’s ability to influence national policy, share and scale new ideas, and drive economic and social growth.

Cllr John Merry, Key Cities Chair and Deputy Mayor for Salford, said:

“Our collective voice is more powerful in demonstrating the opportunities and challenges our cities face. The enthusiasm of these four cities to join Key Cities is testament to the value of our network in bringing about positive change, and we very much look forward to working with them.”

Cllr Dine Romero, Leader of Bath and North Somerset Council, said:

“Bath and North East Somerset Council is delighted to be joining Key Cities. Our World Heritage City of Bath is unique – a historic, small, liveable city, but with international reach and renown. But, as with so many smaller cities, Covid-19 has hit Bath hard.

“Our visitor economy has been particularly impacted, and we need to find new ways ensuring we continue to thrive. That means working with the many other cities across the country who have come together in this important network.

“We look forward to collaborating with our fellow Key Cities on these and other issues, raising the profile of our contributions and ensuring central government listens to our voices.”