Before stepping down in 2021, Clive worked tirelessly for the residents of both Clifton Down and Bristol. Locally, Clive’s priorities were always defending the local democratic rights of residents, whether it’s a right to quiet, to party, to park, or to walk, and all with a green sustainable hue.
At City Hall, Clive developed a reputation for working hard and commenting intelligently and persuasively on detailed areas close to his heart – be it specifying more affordable housing in planning schemes, stopping diesel generators from the city centre with their consequent and air pollution, and finding extra money to support vital council services through budget amendments. Clive ploughed deeply into Cabinet and Council reports to scrutinise finances and governance, called on the Mayor to invest in a more professional approach to the assessment of risk, critiqued poorly written Council business plans and much more.
Clive also has a close link with local universities. He was a visiting lecturer at Bath for 18 years and has seen first-hand the harmful effects of recent university deregulation and expansion. University expansion is having a disruptive impact on all occupants of Bristol and Bath, students included, and Clive has been involved with successful Council motions aimed at controlling and counteracting its effects. He has also given lectures on sustainable economics, business and politics at INSEAD business school in France, Bath University and Bristol. These are aimed at convincing non-Greens that something is deeply wrong with the economic system at the moment.
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