Following the launch of Bristol City Council’s draft Corporate Strategy consultation seeking people’s views on a draft five-year plan for the city, Mayor Marvin Rees has announced four public events to discuss the city’s future.
The draft Corporate Strategy details the challenges for the city and outlines possible solutions to a budget gap of at least £92m from April 2017 – March 2022.
Against a background of anticipated increase in demand for services such as schools, social care and transport and related pressure on budgets, the council is dramatically rethinking its role in the city anticipating less direct provision of services and a bigger role in helping others – including community and voluntary groups, businesses and citizens – to get things done.
Bristol residents are invited to come along to share ideas and contribute to the debate about how the city can make these essential savings whilst still delivering the services that people rely upon. All four events start at 7pm and are free. Entry is by ticket only. Tickets can be reserved by visiting the Council’s Eventbrite page, see links below:
Thursday 10th November – The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG - http://bit.ly/2eqzktM
Tuesday 15th November – Henbury School, Station Rd, Bristol, BS10 7QH - http://bit.ly/2e6HpOM
Wednesday 16th November – Bristol Brunel Academy, Speedwell Rd, Bristol BS15 1NU - http://bit.ly/2dS29Mz
Thursday 17th November – Oasis Academy John Williams, Petherton Rd, Hengrove, Bristol, BS14 9BU - http://bit.ly/2eH8NnI
Anyone wishing to include a topic or issue for discussion is encouraged to do so when ordering their ticket. An independent event host will select ideas and questions submitted by attendees and invite people to ask their questions to the Mayor on the night.
There will also be an option to submit discussion topics on the night, but guests are encouraged to arrive at least half an hour early in order to give the independent host time to prepare.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:
“I want to involve the whole city in this discussion to establish how we can maintain the services that people rely on whilst also making the savings that we need to deliver. Our focus must be on convening people around the city’s priorities and helping others to get things done.
“Although I am disappointed with our starting position I am concentrating on the task at hand. I understand that people may feel anger at some of the proposals we’re putting forward but I would remind everyone that these are ideas, not policy.
We acknowledge that we cannot continue to provide all the things we once did. This consultation and the discussions we need to have with our communities is about new ways of delivering services and working in partnership with others across the city to explore how we can all do our bit to meet the challenges we face.
“I encourage as many people as possible to come to these events and play their part in developing ideas for the future of the city and the Council.”
Council staff will be on hand at each event to assist anyone wishing to complete the consultation form or access paper copies of the survey.
The Corporate Strategy consultation runs until 5 January. The proposals are available at bristol.gov.uk/corpstrategy. Hard copies of the Corporate Strategy are available at all libraries and Citizen Service Points.
Printed copies, other language texts, Braille, audio tape, large print, easy English, BSL video or CD rom and plain text formats are all available on request by contacting 0117 922 2848.
Further public events about the Corporate Strategy including a webcast with the Mayor and discussions with Equalities groups and Business networks will take place in the coming weeks. Details and dates will be published shortly.