Mayor's Blog December: Community is strength of our city

November 24 2016

As many of you will now know, our city is facing a budget gap of £92million over the next five years and together we face tough choices in order to address this.

As many of you will now know, our city is facing a budget gap of £92million over the next five years and together we face tough choices in order to address this.

We’ve released a document called our Draft Corporate Strategy which spells out some of these choices and our ideas for how we could approach this challenge.  You can read this in full at www.bristol.gov.uk/corpstrategy  or request a hard copy on 0117 922 2848. 

We are currently running a public consultation to get your thoughts on this plan and to hear your ideas for how we can address this budget deficit.

During November we conducted a series of public events across the city and I am grateful to all those who attended and took part in the discussion. Your thoughts and ideas will be considered carefully alongside the results of the consultation survey. 

The changes we’ve proposed will affect us all and it’s important that we get input from as many people as possible to make sure that we make the right decisions.

We hope that our strategy recognises the strength and resource that you as communities already possess in Bristol.  Local volunteer and community-led organisations regularly prove their ability to make a significant contribution to a range of services in the city. In this way, you as individuals can be part of the solution.

Please do share your ideas with us at www.bristol.gov.uk/corpstrategy before Thursday 5 January 2017.

Also in November, I was pleased to launch the city’s first Clean Streets campaign, in partnership with Bristol Waste Company. This three year campaign aims to make Bristol measurably cleaner by 2020, working with individuals, community groups, schools and businesses to take collective responsibility for keeping the streets clean.

We should and we can be as clean as cities such as Zurich, Tokyo and Singapore. We can achieve this if everyone who lives, works, learns or plays here takes pride in the city and works with us and with those who have the job of keeping the city clean, tidy and working. You can find out more at www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk

Whether it is through the discussions we are having together on the draft corporate strategy, or through new campaigns like Clean Streets – we have an opportunity to reassess the way we run this city and make sure that it can work for everyone.  I was elected on the promise of trying to make this city a cleaner, fairer place to live and I still strongly believe that together we can make this happen.