He has worked tirelessly for the residents of both Clifton Down and Bristol since and says “I will do my utmost to prevent more intractable problems being forced upon us by local or national government”. Locally, Clive’s priorities are 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.
If anyone has problems or concerns, Clive is very approachable and is willing to either visit people at home or be available at regular Councillor surgeries held in Redland Library – usually on the third Thursday of the month from 11 to 12.30.
At City Hall, Clive has 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 has 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.
To read about some of the latest work Clive has been doing, please click here.
To keep up to date with Clive on Twitter, please click here.
Carla and Clive have a ward surgery on the third saturday of each month, at Redland Library on Whiteladies road from 11am to 12:30pm (usual dates – please check with the councillors before attending).