Last chance to influence the future of Bristol

December 20 2016

Bristol City Council is in the process of producing budget proposals which will involve massive changes to the provision of services over the next five years in order to substantially reduce expenditure, to close the budget gap of £92 million.

Bristol City Council is in the process of producing budget proposals which will involve massive changes to the provision of services over the next five years in order to substantially reduce expenditure, to close the budget gap of £92 million.

The local Neighbourhood Partnership has made a submission to the Council about its work as partners involved in managing the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland area were keen to respond in a constructive way.

Their submission to the Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods points out the excellent value for money of the work done locally, supporting and adding to Council services. It notes that good links to Council officers and access to resources to deliver improvements locally are both key to effective local work, as volunteers provide information, links to other bodies (like police and community payback) and help prioritise work on highways. 

The work done in this Neighbourhood has also been used to inform and advise many other groups across the city. The comments caution against taking the substantial amount of volunteering for granted or assuming it can be expanded, as the work, which takes place daily, needs some links to council officers and relies on local commitment to our area. Without this input a number of services would cost much more to operate. 

Local residents are encouraged to comment on the plans by completing an online questionnaire and to take this opportunity to shape the future of Bristol - no response is likely to be taken as an expression of no concern. 

The consultation continues until the 5th January and can be found at http://www.bristol.gov.uk or a paper copy can be requested by phoning 0117 922 2848.