Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, has today (Monday 28 January) announced changes to Bristol City Council’s Cabinet appointing a new transport lead and adding a new Cabinet position for waste.
Current Cabinet Member, Councillor Kye Dudd, will take on responsibility for transport, leading work to tackle congestion, improve public transport and maintain and develop infrastructure.
Councillor Steve Pearce, Labour ward member for St George Central, will join the Cabinet in a newly created role overseeing waste and regulatory services. This will include commercialisation, previously held by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Craig Cheney, who is instead now leading on culture.
Cllr Dudd, will maintain oversight of council energy services, but will hand responsibility for clean air, flooding and sport to the Mayor.
On taking on the new role, Cllr Kye Dudd said: “I am really excited about the task ahead. There’s no doubt, transport is one of Bristol’s biggest challenges. And it’s crucial for everyone in the city, and for our economy, that we get this right.
“My main focus will be on reducing congestion, and helping people to move around the city as efficiently and sustainably as possible.
“I am also keeping energy within my brief in order to keep up momentum on work to help Bristol become a carbon neutral city, and the two fit well together meet that ambition.”
Cllr Steve Pearce will work closely with Bristol Waste Company as Bristol continues to work towards the ambitious 50% recycling target by 2020. Bristol was recently ranked as the lead English core city for recycling according to data released from the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Cllr Pearce said: “I’m looking forward to helping release the energy and creativity that I see every day in my council colleagues as we advance the council’s commercialisation work to raise additional revenue for the city and deliver new and improved services to our citizens.
“Fly-tipping is a serious and continuing problem for our city and I determined to find new and innovative ways to eradicate this blight on our communities.
“By bringing waste and commercialisation together in one portfolio, I hope that we’ll be able to prove that ‘where there’s muck, there really is brass’!”
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Cllr Pearce to the Cabinet and congratulate Cllr Dudd on his new role.
“Improving congestion and the transport infrastructure in the city is one of our key priorities.
“Kye has proved himself extremely capable since he joined the Cabinet back in December 2017, and he will bring a fresh, dedicated approach to improving transport in our city.
“Steve has played an active role in the council for a number of years, working on a number of committees including licensing and scrutiny.
“We have made great strides towards reaching our recycling targets in the city, but there is still plenty to do, and I am sure Steve will work closely with BWC to make our ambitions a reality.”
The changes to cabinet will come into effect immediately.