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Giving Bristol Council responsibility for the Independent Living Fund would benefit those who need it most

The Lib Dem Council Group proposed an amendment to a motion on the Independent Living Fund (ILF) at Full Council (on Tuesday 16th October), welcoming the decision to transfer ILF funding to Bristol City Council, which would give current users the support that allows them to fulfil their potential. The ILF provides money directly to disabled […]

Bristol Ageing Better funds can help tackle social isolation – Morgan

Bristol Lib Dem Cllr Glenise Morgan (Henleaze) has written to Bristol City Council to ask that the city’s major lottery bid success from the Ageing Better Fund be used to help tackle social isolation more generally. She wrote: This is great news and I would like to offer my warm congratulations to all those who worked […]

The ‘Henbury Loop’ is an essential component of the MetroWest scheme – Negus

Yesterday at Full Council (Tuesday 16th September) Cllr Anthony Negus submitted a statement on the ‘Henbury Loop’, which states:   I am very concerned that our ability to achieve a strategic objective for rail travel in Bristol, as part of the overall MetroWest scheme, is now at risk from the attitude of a major local […]

Holding the mayor to account over his RPZ proposals – Martin

Earlier this week (on Monday 15th September) Cllr Christian Martin, in his capacity as chair of the Place Scrutiny Commission, called the mayor to come and answer questions specific to his response to the Working Group Report on RPZ. Below are some of his opening remarks at that meeting:   This is an unprecedented session […]

The mayor needs to get a grip on the Arena’s finances – Hopkins

Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Gary Hopkins has today urged the mayor to ‘get a grip’ on the finances of the Bristol Arena.   Cllr Hopkins’ comments echo the words of his Lib Dem colleague, Cllr Tim Kent, who recently raised concerns over the council’s parking projections for the Arena. Cllr Kent has said that […]

Bristol’s Green Capital Figures Don’t Add Up

  Lib Dem Councillors Christian Martin and Anthony Negus have raised concerns over the state of funding of Bristol’s Green Capital, which they say is in a state of crisis.     Cllr Martin has today (Tuesday 16th September) demanded for an immediate review of Bristol’s Green Capital status and for a full breakdown of […]

£13 million black hole revealed in the Council Budget – Kent

Lib Dem Councillor for Whitchurch Park, Tim Kent, has discovered that there is a £13 million hole in the Council’s Budget.   The revelation was brought to light on Tuesday 15th September by Lib Dem Councillor, Tim Kent, who demanded to know whether the city could afford the Mayor’s plans for an Arena at the […]

Scrutiny under Bristol’s Mayoral system of local government is failing – Negus

Cllr Anthony Negus has written a blog on scrutiny and how it is not working out under Bristol’s Mayoral system of local government: Before the referendum on having a Mayor in Bristol took place in 2012 there was a consensus that the risk of less democratic decisions, which would arise from having only one individual […]

Bristol Liberal Democrats Welcome New Bus Service

The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that Bristol City Council has announced a new service to replace the loss of the number 20 bus.   A number of the party’s councillors have been campaigning in recent weeks to find a solution to the problem and the new 520 bus service will operate along most […]

Bristol’s Hydrogen Ferry Demonstrates our Green Credentials – Hopkins

Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Gary Hopkins has accused the Mayor of hampering Bristol’s status as the Green Capital over his lack of ambition and action on the city’s hydrogen ferry.   Cllr Hopkins said that the Mayor was wrong to abandon the project, a key demonstrator for hydrogen technology, especially as it was integral […]