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Councillors propose planning policy to protect music venues

Councillors propose planning policy to protect music venues

In response to a spate of local music venues raising the alarm about being faced with closure, Green Party Councillors in Bristol have called on the city’s elected Labour Mayor to adopt a planning policy known as the ‘agent of change’ principle. This principle, recently adopted by London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan,(1) puts the onus for soundproofing on new residential developments, which must shoulder responsibility for compliance when situated near an existing music venue. Similarly, if a music venue opens in a residential area, it too would be responsible for complying with residential requirements. According to the London Mayor, “developers building flats near existing venues will need to ensure that residents are not unduly affected by sound from the venue, and that may include paying for soundproofing.”

Brexit breakthrough Comment from Bristols MEP

Brexit ‘breakthrough’: Comment from Bristol's MEP

Commenting on news of an apparent breakthrough in negotiations between the UK and EU and that Brexit discussions will now move on to the next phase, Molly Scott Cato MEP, Green Party speaker on Brexit, said: “Brexit should not be about winners and losers but about ensuring that all citizens currently in the EU, including the British ones, are safe and secure after March 2019.

Bristol MEP and QC launch legal proceedings against government over Brexit sectoral studies

Bristol MEP and QC launch legal proceedings against government over Brexit sectoral studies

Molly Scott Cato, Bristol's Green MEP and Jolyon Maugham QC of the Good Law Society, have today applied for judicial review in the High Court over the government’s refusal to release sectoral studies carried out by DExEU into the impacts of Brexit, and a Treasury study into the effects of leaving the customs union.

Bristols MEP respopnds to David Davis claims that Brexit impact studies do not exist

Bristol's MEP respopnds to David Davis claims that Brexit impact studies do not exist

Responding to this morning's evidence session of the DExEU committee and David Davis's comment that the Brexit impact studies do not in fact exist, Molly Scott Cato, and MEP who is about to launch judicial review proceedings to force the publication of the studies, said: "I have been seeking to know the content of these studies since April and in September Brexit minister Steve Baker responded to my letter demanding release explicitly on behalf of the Secretary of State and acknowledging that the Department had 'conducted analysis of over 50 sectors of the economy'. Now David Davis claims these studies do not in fact exist.

Job Advert Local Party Organiser in Bristol

Job Advert: Local Party Organiser in Bristol

The Local Party Organiser will be responsible for supporting Bristol Green Party officers and volunteers in the implementation of Bristol Green Party strategies, plans and day to day operations. The role will support the officers and volunteers to coordinate their work, check on progress and achievements.

Bristol Mayor scraps crossparty cabinet  Green Group Statement

Bristol Mayor scraps cross-party cabinet - Green Group Statement

Today, Bristol’s Labour Mayor has decided out of the blue to end the cross-party cabinet, effectively firing Green Cabinet Member Fi Hance and Tory Cabinet Member Claire Hiscott.

Bristols MEPs unite to challenge Commission over allegations of Russian influence in referendum campaign

Bristol's MEPs unite to challenge Commission over allegations of Russian influence in referendum campaign

Three of the city's MEPs are raising concerns with the European Commission about Russian interference in the EU referendum in an ‘unprecedented display of unity’. Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has teamed up with Labour’s Clare Moody MEP and former Conservative MEP, Julie Girling, to write to the Commission about their concerns.

Bristol and South Gloucestershire Students debate Climate Change in City Hall

Bristol and South Gloucestershire Students debate Climate Change in City Hall

Over eighty students from Bristol and South Gloucestershire secondary schools are taking the lead in debating the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement, and discussing with local leaders what more can be done in their area to reduce carbon emissions.

Challenge to Bristols MPs to unite against the folly of Hinkley

Challenge to Bristol's MPs to unite against the folly of Hinkley

Bristol's Green MEP has accused government ministers of saddling consumers with higher energy bills because they have had their ‘heads stuck in the radioactive sand’ over Hinkley and has issued a challenge to Bristol's MPs to unite against the folly of Hinkley and back a renewable energy revolution.

Bristol MEP begins legal proceedings to release Brexit studies

Bristol MEP begins legal proceedings to release Brexit studies

Lawyers representing Molly Scott Cato, Bristol's Green MEP, and Jolyon Maugham of the Good Law Project have written again to David Davis and Philip Hammond giving them 14 days to release in full government studies into the economic impacts of Brexit. If they refuse to make the documents publicly available, they will start judicial review proceedings in the High Court.

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