JANUARY 2022: News from the Mayor Marvin Rees
Delivering for Bristol in 2022
I’d like to begin by wishing readers a happy new year.
The new year provides an opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed, and also look ahead to what the coming year might bring. And though we face undoubted challenges and uncertainties ahead as a city, I’m ambitious about what we can collectively achieve for Bristol in 2022.
One of my priorities has been to transform the council into an organisation that is focussed on delivery, rather than being focussed inwards. Nowhere is that more in evidence than in our commitment to deliver the homes that Bristol urgently needs. This year we’ll continue to accelerate house building across the city to fulfil my pledge to deliver 1,000 affordable homes a year by 2024. This includes our flagship redevelopment of Hengrove Park, community-led housing and sustainable homes heated by air source heat pumps in Lockleaze, and the completion of Castle Park View to name just a few developments coming forward this year.
All these developments help us fulfil our ambition to provide everyone with a safe and secure home. We have more than 16,000 people on our housing waiting list. This is the most important intervention we can make to improve people’s life chances.
On transport too, we are consulting on how we can improve our transport network to help people travel around the city. Our plans for the number 2 bus route will allow buses to run more frequently and more reliably help people from Stockwood to Southmead and beyond to access the city centre. And of course we’re continuing our work to deliver a long-overdue sustainable mass transit system to connect people to people, people to jobs, and people to opportunity.
We will ensure children in Bristol have access to a school that inspires a love of learning, and sets them up with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life. And we’ll start work on our city’s first Youth Zone, an £8.4 million hub for young people to play, grow and learn.
We know we need to respond to these challenges in the face of a climate and ecological emergency. Here too, we are leading the way – from developing homes that don’t rely on fossil fuels for the power and heating; to bringing forward £1 billion of investment through City Leap to decarbonise our energy, transport and heating systems, making it easier for everyone to live a low-impact life.
The work we do this year will help make sure Bristol meets the challenges we’re facing now, and ensure that we’re building a city that’s fit for the future. We have an exciting year ahead, and I’m excited to getting even more done with partners and communities across the city.