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Green Capital must be good for all Bristol communities

 

Dawn Primarolo has written to George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, urging him to ensure the Bristol Green Capital 2015 has a positive impact on all Bristol’s residents. Dawn has proposed a series of policies which could mean cheaper energy, sustainable jobs and more housing.

 

Bristol’s status as European Green Capital 2015 represents a significant opportunity, but there is a danger that unless all the communities of Bristol are involved then it will be perceived to be a failure.

Council Tax payers in Bristol are committing £1.5 million, and the Mayor of Bristol hopes a further £8.5 million will come from the private sector. He has also made an application for an additional £10 million from central Government.

However there is already controversy about the salary level of the proposed Managing Director of the company set up to run the Green Capital.

Dawn said

"In the light of the £90 million budget cuts announced on 18th November it is essential that all spending by the Council is focused on where it can have the most impact.

The Bristol Green Capital must have tangible outcomes which can be easily explained and recognised by residents living in Bristol. This means sustainable jobs, energy efficiency, better transport and affordable housing.

It is important we have a debate now about what we want to the Bristol Green Capital to achieve. Some very good ideas have already been proposed and I want to add my contribution, I hope many others will do the same."

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