Bristol Greens: road tax rise “not a panacea” to city congestion problem

Green Party Councillor Charlie Bolton says the new road tax rise from Saturday won’t solve the city’s traffic congestion problem. Under the new tax some new zero emissions cars will cost their drivers an additional £310. But the Southville councillor described the potential positive impact of the tax rise as, ‘debatable’ and said a rise in […]

Finzels Reach: No repeat of ‘Boaty McBoatface’ for new bridge

The Bristol development firm building Finzels Reach says a name like Boaty McBoatface is unlikely to become the name of Bristol’s latest bridge.   Director of Cubex Gavin Bridges said the Clifton firm asked the public to propose suggestions for naming the bridge, “as it’s in such a key location.” But he ruled out the shortlist being […]

Have local politics in Bristol moved online?

Bristol City Council figures show that citizens are now engaging with issues online, after just 111 people attended the busiest of four public meetings on historic cuts. Figures released to Wired show the extent to which the city’s 316,765 voters are now turning away from conventional engagement with politics, with only 0.035% attending public meetings […]

All three of Bristol’s Labour MPs back Brexit amendment

All three of the city’s Labour MPs joined Conservative Bristol North MP Charlotte Leslie and 457 others in Wednesday’s Westminster vote.  Labour MPs Karin Smyth (Bristol South), Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East) and Thangam Debbonaire (Bristol West) effectively accepted the government’s proposed Brexit timetable, which means triggering Article 50 by March 2017. ‘I’ll vote against plan […]

Public satisfaction with police drops for a second year

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has revealed that crime victims’ satisfaction with Avon and Somerset police has dropped for the second year running.     The annual PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) report examines every police force in England and Wales. The latest figures for Avon and Somerset police, released […]

Nailsea conman targets older people

Avon and Somerset police are seeking a middle aged man who approached two elderly people in Nailsea in two separate incidents, before conning them out of their cash. Described as white and aged between 35 and 45 years old, the stranger conned one of the victims out of £50 outside the Tower House Surgery, Nailsea […]

Letting agent: proposed fee ban could mean rent hikes

Steve Harris, founder of Bristol letting agency Abode Property Management, says the fees ban proposed by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement will lead to a hike in rents. The Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the government’s intention to, “ban fees to tenants as soon as possible,” calling the practice of charging tenants high letting fees, […]

Bristol volunteers transform Redland building to aid refugees

Bristol’s Aid Box Convoy is transforming a partly disused garage on Waverley Road in Redland to provide aid for refugees. The charity, which was set up in September 2015, fundraises and sorts donations for refugees abroad whilst also assisting refugees’ settlement in the UK. Rob Crook, a volunteer who also runs his own business based in Montpelier, […]

Two thirds of Bristol NHS prescriptions wasted

The Bristol NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says that nearly two-thirds (63%) of drugs prescribed through the city’s NHS are unused. Bristol CCG expert Jenny Gibbs made the comment at a presentation yesterday as part of Bristol’s Health City Week 2016. Gibbs’ research, based on 2000 patients in 2015, found that 30% of patients are no longer […]