Marvin Rees, Labour’s mayoral candidate, has pledged to take action.
He says: “Bristol is a great place to live but we need to build a better Bristol that works for everyone. Now is time for practical action, not just words, to make this happen.
I’ve been speaking to Bristolians across the city, and housing is a major concern. Yet we have seen little action from the Mayor to deal with this. Despite 14,000 people on the council waiting list, just four council houses were built last year. Many people are paying exorbitant rents for poor quality accommodation and there is much more that could be done to protect tenants. Not enough affordable homes are being built despite empty sites throughout Bristol, prompting impatient developers to look elsewhere. And we must reach out to those who find themselves in desperate situations, and lift them out of poverty and homelessness.
If elected Mayor in May, my top priority is to build more, and better, homes in Bristol. You will be hearing more from me about how I will protect renters from dodgy landlords and ensure we get sites available for the development of more homes, including affordable and social housing.
Not all these problems can be solved locally so I’ll be banging on doors in Whitehall and Westminster to ensure Bristol gets a better deal – something that the current mayor has failed to do.
I also believe in listening to people so would value your views, keep in touch with my campaign via www.marvinrees.co.ukor email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”