January 2017 Mayor's Views: We need a plan to keep this city working when our children are grown-ups

December 20 2016

Firstly, I’d like to wish Voice readers a very happy new year and thank everyone in the city who took time to participate in our recent Corporate Strategy consultation. As we embark on 2017 we continue to face an immense financial challenge, but your input, ideas and constructive challenge will undoubtedly help shape our steps for the next five years.

Firstly, I’d like to wish Voice readers a very happy new year and thank everyone in the city who took time to participate in our recent Corporate Strategy consultation. As we embark on 2017 we continue to face an immense financial challenge, but your input, ideas and constructive challenge will undoubtedly help shape our steps for the next five years.

 Of course our plans aren’t just about the short or medium term. We recently launched the Bristol Resilience Strategy to help protect the city from potential shocks and pressures over the next 50 years. 

Resilience is quite a dry term but projects like Room 13 at Hareclive Academy show how important resilience is to our communities and how it can help Bristol flourish. Our young people are key to the city’s future and Room 13, an independent artists’ studio run by children and adults working together, gives children aged 5 and upwards a space for their own creative projects and ideas. The idea being that by helping children to voice their ideas and concerns, future generations become more personally resilient, can work together and make change happen.

 In fact, many of the ideas included in the strategy would benefit the next generation: these include proposals for votes for 16 year olds, free bus travel for under-16s and a vision for a child-friendly city.

The Resilience Strategy has been drawn up with partners across the city and aims to build on existing work to make Bristol socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. Crucially it aims to give everyone more of a say in decisions made in local government. I’m really grateful to everyone who has been involved in this ambitious work.  If it’s new to you, why not take a closer look at the Bristol entry at:

• 100resilientcities.org

There will be more updates in the months ahead as plans take shape.

Together the Corporate and Resilience strategies help us navigate Bristol towards a more secure future. My new city office brings together partners across the city and one of our long term aims is to produce a plan for Bristol building on the foundations of the Resilience strategy that gives us deliberate goals for the next 50 years.

Together they help us ensure that Bristol is a city that works for everyone.