Councillors asked to give up their parking perks

February 23 2018

AMENDMENTS have been suggested by opposition parties to halt some of the £34.5 million budget cuts this year proposed by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees.

AMENDMENTS have been suggested by opposition parties to halt some of the £34.5 million budget cuts this year proposed by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees.

The main amendment from the Liberal Democrats is to save £50 million over the next five years by cutting back on contingency funding and borrowing as the council already has £20 million in reserves. The idea, seconded by Cotham councillor, Anthony Negus, is detailed in his column on p27.

The group also claims that another £4 million of Community Infrastructure Levy, given to the council from developers, has been ‘unaccounted’ for in the budget.

Eleanor Combley, Green Party councillor for Bishopston is calling on colleagues from all parties to give up their free parking spaces, saying that the money saved could be used to protect our parks instead.

She has put forward an amendment to stop issuing free parking permits to councillors, ex-councillors and senior staff, and charge a modest fee for them instead. The amendment proposes that this income is put towards the parks budget instead of introducing advertising in our parks.

Councillor Combley said: "Our parks are the lungs of our city. We know that parks and green spaces are essential to our mental health, which is why I am so concerned by the proposals to plaster our parks with advertising. Almost 4,000 people have signed a petition against adverts in parks, showing that they share my concerns.”

These amendments and others were due to be discussed at the council budget meeting on February 20, after the Bishopston Voice went to print.