My Bath: City is a perfect home for mayor
In the latest of our My Bath question and answer sessions, new mayor Andy Furse talks about his adopted home city.
1. What's your favourite part of Bath?
We are spoilt for choice living in a World Heritage Site but there are a number of places I particularly enjoy. For example sitting in one of the cafes surrounding Kingsmead Square or taking a stroll in Queen Square. As a railway engineer I enjoy (a professional interest of course!) watching the trains go by in Sydney Gardens or just walking down Great Pulteney Street. But probably my favourite is a visit to the Botanical Gardens. I enjoy its tranquillity and I try to make at least one visit during each of the seasons during the year.
2. Where's the best place to eat?
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'Best' is very subjective but depending on the occasion and opportunity I eat at Martini, the Green Park Brasserie, Marlborough Tavern and The Weston. For a curry I generally choose the Jamuna or Eastern Eye and for fish and chips I enjoy Seafoods in Kingsmead Square – all in moderation of course. For oriental cooking, my wife's Taiwanese food is best.
3. What's the best view in the city?
Arriving back in Bath by train and seeing the beautiful Georgian architecture in all its glory on the hillside is always a pleasure.
4. What would your perfect day in Bath entail?
Visit the Roman Baths, take a Mayor's Guide walk, relax in the Cross Bath at the spa, visit the Theatre Royal, followed by a meal in one of my favourite restaurants and rounded off with a few pints in a local pub.
5. Where would you meet friends for a drink?
If friends are visiting Bath I will generally take them to the Star or the Green Tree. If I'm catching a pint after council meetings, I would generally chose the Coeur de Lion or Lambrettas, but my local is the New Inn on Monmouth Street, it serves really good 6X.
6. What's your favourite shop?
I have no favourite but at weekends I enjoy Moorland Road. I generally get there at least one Saturday a month, more if I can as I like to pick up my meat and veg and call into the hardware shop for household items.
7. What one thing about Bath would you change?
My mayoral theme is 'NEET Opportunities – the Business of Youth'. NEET stands for 'Not in Education, Employment or Training' so I want to improve opportunities for young people in the city. In addition to this I'd like to have more affordable housing, and more purpose-built student accommodation. The latter would free up some of the family housing in areas like Oldfield Park. Not that students are a bad thing for the city – they bring a more dynamic atmosphere, contribute to the local economy, the universities and colleges are at the forefront of their fields and are large local employers; and students reduce the average age of the city considerably.
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