Mayor Marvin meets Gloucester Road traders

January 30 2017

THE Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees met traders from along Gloucester Road in January. The well attended meeting saw the Mayor, traders, councillors, members of the Neighbourhood Partnership and the Council’s economic development team discuss matters important to our famous high street.

THE Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees met traders from along Gloucester Road in January. The well attended meeting saw the Mayor, traders, councillors, members of the Neighbourhood Partnership and the Council’s economic development team discuss matters important to our famous high street.

Among other things, the meeting discussed the parking and transport situation, including how to best manage traffic on the road whilst facilitating customers being able to access the shops.

The meeting also discussed the punitive levels of business rates that traders are having to pay, how to better promote Gloucester Road as a destination for tourists and visitors to the city, and the maintenance of the street environment.

Tom Brook, Councillor for Bishopston & Ashley Down, said: “Gloucester Road is such an important asset, not only to our local area but to the whole of Bristol. It was great to have this meeting with Marvin, and going forward we agreed to bring together multiple stakeholders to improve the road. 

“We want to increase the resilience of Gloucester Road, maintaining its success now and into the future. To do this we will need to ensure that the Council, traders groups, Destination Bristol, business groups and other interested parties buy into what Gloucester Road does, and can, have to offer. The Mayor has committed to making this happen, and I look forward to the results going forward.”