November 24 2016

Public consultation meetings with the Mayor, Marvin Rees, have been taking place in Bristol in November, giving people the opportunity to debate spending priorities following the release of the city council’s 2017-22 Corporate Strategy document, which includes suggestions of how the budget gap of £92 million is met.

Public consultation meetings with the Mayor, Marvin Rees, have been taking place in Bristol in November, giving people the opportunity to debate spending priorities following the release of the city council’s 2017-22 Corporate Strategy document, which includes suggestions of how the budget gap of £92 million is met.

A lively debate took place at the meeting in Henbury on November 15, with much discussion about the level of senior salaries at City Hall. The consultation remains open until January 5, 2017 and local residents are encouraged to look at the document, comment and add their ideas and opinions about spending priorities.

The last few years have seen a substantial cut to funds the council has from central government along with significant increased demands on council services, in particular, adult social care needs. This is going to happen again and the grant will to fall to zero by 2020 as the funds come from business rates and council tax, plus income earned, instead.  

Bishopston councillors Tom Brook and Eleanor Combley stated: “This is an extremely important document for all who live in Bristol, and a public consultation is now underway. The budget gap is a result of continued central government austerity and an ineffectiveness of previous savings initiatives.

"Please have your say - we would be happy to help with any questions you may have.”

Redland councillors Martin Fodor and Fi Hance added: “We are now in an era of severe cuts to services, so please do read the document and feed in your views.  Feel free to copy us any submission you make. 

“Changes that could affect our neighbourhood include the removal of devolved funding for local highway projects, raising concerns about how locally led schemes can be progressed; alternative ways for delivering parks (maybe trusts or mutual); savings to the budget for Neighbourhood Partnerships and a focus on priority neighbourhoods; fewer council-run libraries; and reduced funding for planning enforcement.”

The consultation can be accessed at the following address www.bristol.gov.uk/corpstrategy and is available at your local library.