New role as Daniella becomes assistant mayor

February 02 2015

BISHOPSTON councillor Daniella Radice has added another role to her repertoire - assistant mayor for neighbourhoods.

BISHOPSTON councillor Daniella Radice has added another role to her repertoire - assistant mayor for neighbourhoods.

The position was previously held by Ashley ward's Green councillor Gus Hoyt, who stepped down in December after swearing at a member of the public on Twitter.

Councillor Radice's former role as the leader of Bristol's Green Party has now be taken over by Southville councillor Charlie Bolton.

There are five assistant roles in mayor George Ferguson's cabinet; deputy mayor, assistant mayor for place, assistant mayor for people, assistant mayor for business and assistant mayor for neighbourhoods.

The 'neighbourhoods' portfolio includes public health, landlord of council housing, waste management, licensing, pest control, cemeteries and crematoria, libraries, neighbourhood partnerships, and trees, parks and green spaces.

Councillor Radice said: "This is in an incredibly interesting, diverse and challenging set of responsibilities.

"The neighbourhoods portfolio, has been seriously affected by government cuts as it includes some of the so called "discretionary" services, for example those services that the council is not legally obliged to provide."

She added: "However, one of the positive changes brought about by Gus was bringing the parks and grounds maintenance service back in-house so it is no longer done by a private company, delivering better value for money for us.

"This should lead to a more responsive service to local people including our hard working parks groups."