It’s very rare for the Green Group to be guaranteed time for a Full Council debate on any issue. We take a turn a couple of times a year, and the choice of topic is of course a much contested one among the group. I was therefore delighted to be supported when I advocated choosing the future shape of our city’s economy as influenced by the local government pension fund.
Our economy can help create our future, and our savings can stimulate the economy. That’s why I developed a motion for the council to influence the investments of the Avon Pension Fund, specifically to get funds shifted into positive, future sectors and away from the damaging fossil fuels that are undermining out climate. Continue reading Investing in the Future
A petition was brought to Full Council recently
asking to remove 20mph limits in the city.
I spoke out against it
– ie in defence of our limits – why does this matter? I made a number of comments there, mainly drawn from these points below.
It’s also significant to clarify that we do not have 20mph Zones in most of the city (with a couple of localised exceptions); only 20mph speed limits are in place – very few areas are provided with physical treatment to curb speeds that would create effective zones.
Continue reading Why 20’s Plenty for the people of Bristol
The new council year has started with two Call-Ins of recent decisions by the Mayor. One was instigated by the Green Group. A successful Call In gets a poorly made decision referred to the Full Council for debate by all city councillors where the process that’s been challenged can be revisited and the principle underlying the decision as well. So what did we object to and why? Continue reading Calling in Digital Billboards
Election night was a mixed experience. Despite bad news nationally for the country, we had a very successful election day here in Bristol. Continue reading Now we are 13, no 14!
It’s hard to imagine that one year ago as I write I was in the middle of an election campaign. Now I’ve been representing Redland ward as part of the Bristol Green Group for twelve months. So what’s it been like? Continue reading Reflections: one year on the council
I met with Sara Zaltash of the one day : Day One – Resilience project in the city to talk about some current projects I’m involved in.
In the first video Continue reading My Bristol 2015 European Green Capital energy project work
Case work is, as previously stated, a key role for local councillors.
Often this is a matter of helping people through the system; frequently it’s about unblocking delays to getting action or sorting an issue out.
Reviewing the first half year of my time as a councillor, I discovered just how many residents I’d been contacted by. Continue reading Working for local residents in the ward