3,750 responses on cuts

October 27 2017

The results of Bristol City Council’s Your Neighbourhood 2017 consultation report have been published and the council’s plans on how to deliver future services will be published in December.

The results of Bristol City Council’s  Your Neighbourhood 2017 consultation report have been published and the council’s plans on how to deliver future services will be published in December.

The council received nearly 3,750 responses to its consultation which ran over the summer considering savings proposals to local services including Bristol Community Links, Libraries, public toilets, school crossing patrols and the withdrawal of funding for Neighbourhood Partnerships. 

The Libraries consultation received the highest response rate with 93% of people taking part. The highest response rate by area was from Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym and the second highest response rate was from Redland residents. Both these areas have libraries that are well used but earmarked for closure under the proposals.

Of those who responded to the Libraries consultation, 61% selected a preferred option from the three libraries options proposed in question 1. Furthermore, 39% of Libraries respondents provided free text comments - mostly expressing concern and/or alternative suggestions for running the future library service.

More than a quarter of those taking part (26%) stated that none of the options were acceptable, and 17% said that the council should not be closing any of the libraries. 

There were many objections to the closure of public toilets with six receiving 72% of requests to remain open. 

These are the toilets by the Suspension Bridge, Stoke Road, Sea Walls, Westbury Village, Colston Avenue and St George Park.