December 2017: News from the Mayor

November 24 2017

This month, the waste enforcement campaign that I launched during my State of the City speech has really started to take effect.

Arena: look at all angles 

 

This month, the waste enforcement campaign that I launched during my State of the City speech has really started to take effect.

The city’s new enforcement team will be giving out fines of up to £75 to anyone caught dropping litter.

This is part of the serious steps we are taking to get to grips with Bristol’s litter problem.  I launched my Clean Streets campaign last year and whilst we have had a great response from children, community organisations and individuals it is not right that these people should have to sort out the city’s rubbish problems alone.

Our team have been out on the street trying to change Bristol’s littering habit.  In the team’s first week of operating they have handed out over 500 fines, which shows the extent of the problem we are dealing with.

By cracking down on the minority who are spoiling the city for the rest of us we will be able to make Bristol the clean city that it should be.  You can find more information about the campaign at the Clean Streets pages of the council website.

Meanwhile the value for money review into Bristol’s arena continues and I have asked for it to be widened to consider all possibilities.    

We must consider every avenue when looking at this project. This includes raising private investment, thinking about other sites and considering designs which could be delivered within budget. Nothing is off the table because, one way or another, this city is going to get an arena it can afford. 

We have also launched a council wide consultation on our draft five year plan for the council.  This consultation, called ‘Tough Times, High Hopes’, will set out our priorities for the direction of the city and will also include some of our proposals to make the savings of £52million.

This follows on from our ‘Your Neighbourhood’ consultation earlier this year where we laid out plans for wide-reaching proposals.  The results of this are due to be considered soon by me and my cabinet.

To have your say on our plans and review our savings proposals please head to our website at www.bristol.gov.uk/corpstrategy.