Statements made by candidates standing for council seats in Bedminster and Southville for the elections on May 5

Published on: 13 Apr 2016

Statements made by candidates standing for council seats in Bedminster and Southville for the elections on May 5

 

CONSERVATIVES Southville

James Stevenson and Elli Villa-Vercella

James and Elli are pleased that Conservative mayor candidate Charles Lucas has forced the current mayor to make parking available at the arena. Without Charles leading this campaign local residents would have been blighted with more parking chaos.

Our city is gridlocked and we need to get it moving. This will be best achieved by reviewing bus lanes. All 20mph zones need to be reviewed and removed if they serve no purpose – they should be kept where they are needed such as outside schools. 

We also need more railway stations around the city and a dedicated cycle network.  Local Conservatives led by Charles Lucas made the mayor pledge to re-open the Prince Street bridge, which is a vital link to the south of the city. The city is gridlocked and only local Conservatives have the answers to get it moving.

GREEN Southville Charlie Bolton
The reason I stand for election is simple. I want Southville and Bristol to be more sustainable and socially just. After pressure the mayor is bringing forward the Metrobus stop at Paxton Drive. We need more – especially ensuring the park and ride is open on match days. I will lobby for investment in cycling, and for walking to be treated more seriously, for public transport and to retain services for those with the greatest need. 

Southville Stephen Clarke 

CHARLIE and I have really tried to listen to you on matters such as RPS and received hundreds of responses to our survey. We have campaigned to save Faithspace as a community space. Following our pressure the council agreed to review a new Ashton Gate station. We have worked with the stadium on the travel problems. Most rewardingly, we helped many individuals with problems from housing to fly-tipping.

LABOUR

Southville Fred Jerrome and Robert Massey

We are proud Southville residents and we will work hard to champion the best of our community, while enabling residents to overcome the challenges still facing it.

This is a vibrant ward where many enjoy a good quality of life, but action is needed to ensure this is not undermined. Too much of Southville remains left out of Bristol's growth. We will work with business and the council to get more opportunities for Southville people. Building affordable homes is a priority – developers must not make this area a no-go zone for ordinary Bristolians.

As councillors we will listen to you and hold people in power – no matter who – to account. Residents want a ward to be proud of so we will work to make our public spaces clean and open. Tenants must not be exploited by rogue landlords so we will champion ACORN's ethical lettings charter. We will review the RPS based on the evidence. Working together we build a flourishing Southville.

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

Southville & Bedminster

Bristol is a great city - but it could be so much greater. For every triumph of innovation and creativity that this city can boast, there’s an environmental or social challenge. 

Liberal Democrats believe in empowering people – and our proposals are about us tackling the issues the city faces together. 

We would: 

● Share executive decision power between the mayor and cabinet members.

● Introduce a ‘transparency revolution’ with respect to council decisions, starting with publishing the line-by-line accounts of Bristol 2015 Ltd.

● Work more closely with all neighbouring authorities and get government support for devolution of power on transport, council tax, health, benefits, skills and housing.

● Offer referendums in the RPS areas brought in since 2013 as and where there is significant demand from local residents to have their say.

● Review council tax reduction scheme with the aim of making it available to more residents.

● Levy up to 200% council tax on empty houses. 

● Introduce a low emission zone in the city centre and extend the pedestrianised areas.

● Take back control of our bus services by introducing cheaper fares and having routes set by the council, not the bus companies.

● Segregate cycle lanes across the city and introduce better cycle parking facilities.

● Introduce a new Park and Ride and new local train stations.

● Reduce the cost of the first RPS permit to the amount required to administer the scheme, review need for the number of yellow lines in RPS areas and introduce 1 hour free parking across the city for RPS permit holders

●  Invest more money in our parks and green areas.

 

CONSERVATIVES Bedminster Catherine Ford, Richard Clifton

Catherine and Richard are glad to be part of a Conservative team that saved our local libraries. Bedminster had been threatened with closure; Conservative bayor candidate Charles Lucas successfully saved six libraries from closure, including Bedminster.

Our city is gridlocked and we need to get it moving. This will be best achieved by reviewing bus lanes. All 20mph zones need to be reviewed and removed if they serve no purpose – they should be kept where they are needed such as outside schools. 

We also need more railway stations around the city and a dedicated cycle network.  Local Conservatives led by Charles Lucas made the mayor pledge to re-open the Prince Street bridge, which is a vital link to the south of the city. The city is gridlocked and only local Conservatives have the answers to get it moving.

Green Bedminster

Glenn Vowles, Will Quick

We have grown our numbers significantly to 14 Green councillors in Bristol and this year we are in a position to win in Bedminster. We were agonisingly close in 2015, second by just 264 votes to Labour.

We know the area and love it. We have knocked on every door in the area and many hundreds of people have given us their views via our 60 second survey. 

We want the council to listen much more carefully to local people on issues such as walking and cycling routes, parking and local development plans.

Public transport needs greater priority with more buses.

We will support strong local shopping streets. We want Bristol to be a leader in the new Green economy which can provide real jobs and sustainable development. We want the council to promote the living wage throughout the city.

LABOUR Bedminster

Mark Bradshaw, Celia Phipps

We are both engaged in a range of local initiatives working as a team with our MP, Karin Smyth. Bedminster is a great place and we want to see it thrive. We have experience, commitment and a strong record of delivering for our community. 

Our priorities:

• Housing: getting more affordable homes built and protection and support for people renting;

• Public transport: bring back the 25 bus, make the 24 more reliable, more seats on the 75 & 76, invest in access and more stopping trains at Parson Street, direct link to Temple Meads;

• Let’s Clean Bedminster: action on fly-tipping and litter;

• Parks – we’ve worked to get South Street, Luckwell and Gores Marsh improved; we want to see Ashton Vale get a new play area. 

• Engagement – on social isolation, community transport, decisions such as RPS which were imposed.

 

 

 

 

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