2015 has arrived and Bristol is now the European Green Capital. We have just seen the launch event at the Create Centre.
As leader of the Green group of councillors, I welcome European Green Capital Year and look forward to the city taking the opportunities it presents.
Politicians of different groups have taken forward the European Green Capital project over a period of years. They have also endeavoured to make Bristol a 'greener' and more environmentally sustainable city. Far more importantly, many residents, businesses, community groups and charities have worked for many years to achieve the same aims. Many of these will be involved in the year itself, and we earnestly hope that resources can be found to involve others.
Greens understand that the award of 'European Green capital' is in part appreciation of the good work that has gone on before, but more importantly, a statement of intent. We recognise that much more needs to be done.
'European Green Capital 2015' is therefore a step on the 'cycle path' to creating a truly sustainable city which benefits all residents. I, and I am sure my fellow Green councillors are committed to the year itself, and its role in creating a long term benefit for Bristol, and we will work to help ensure that the city council and our party contributes to making the most of this opportunity for Bristol.
Councillor Charlie Bolton
Bristol City Councillor