Achievements of Bristol’s Green councillors (May 2015 to April 2016)
Green Group achievements
- Our budget amendment calling for a 2% council tax levy to fund social care was passed by Full Council.
- Our work on the Ethical Lettings Charter led to it being adopted officially as council policy.
- Our Assistant mayor job-share is the first time a cabinet position has been taken as a job share in one of England’s Core Cities.
- Our leadership team is 80% female – our group leader, our Assistant Mayors, and our group whip are all female.
Cllr Ani Stafford-Townsend (Cabot ward and group leader from November 2015) repeatedly called for the council to meet affordable housing targets and action on the causes and results of homelessness. Ani spoke in favour of improving refuge provision for domestic violence survivors.
Cllr Daniella Radice (Bishopston ward and Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods) has prioritised homes at social rent to mitigate the government’s changes to Right To Buy and called for extra powers to build homes in Bristol. Daniella represented Bristol City Council and the Green Party on the world stage during the COP21 climate talks in Paris. Daniella also led on the threat to Bristol’s libraries, and has introduced a new waste policy for Bristol, “Towards a zero waste city”. This sets tough new targets for waste reduction, and steers the city towards re-use reduction and repair, as well as keeping the pressure on our recycling targets.
Cllr Fi Hance (Redland ward and Assistant Mayor for Neighbours (job-share from November 2015) encouraged cross-party working to call for Bristol to welcome refugees and with a Full Council motion, overwhelmingly adopted, Bristol committed to being part of the Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme to relocate Syrian refugees.
Cllr Carla Denyer (Clifton East ward) tabled a motion to Bristol University Court which called for the university to go fossil fuel-free which came very close to passing. Carla also spoke out against the damage of the Trade Union Bill, supported the Junior Doctors’ Strike, and supported grass roots campaigns in her ward, such as for the renovation of the Arlington Gardens green space. Carla also joined Green councillors from across the country to call for the Prime Minister to end devastating cuts.
Cllr Charlie Bolton (Southville ward) proposed a budget amendment to redirect £500k from being donated to an aerospace museum outside of Bristol’s boundaries to be used to provide safer routes to schools. This was voted down by all of other other political groups. Charlie also continues to call for all Residents’ Parking Schemes to allow free parking for blue badge holders, and has challenged other groups to embrace 20mph zone.
Cllr Steve Clarke (Southville ward) alongside fellow ward councillor Charlie Bolton secured funding commitment for the viability of Ashton gate rail station to be re-examined and campaigned to save the Faithspace community building. Steve has also worked hard to improve safety at schools in the area and ensure there is a Metrobus stop at Paxton Drive to pick up football/rugby fans. He also made progress with opening up Long Ashton Park and ride for match days.
Cllr Gus Hoyt (Ashley ward) has campaigned inside and outside the council for a reduction in single use plastics in Bristol and has also called for Bristol to become glyphosate-free. Gus has also worked to ensure that Residents’ Parking Schemes work best for local people, centres and businesses, and increased spending in green spaces in his ward (especially in Albany Green and St Pauls Adventure Playground). He continues to work on a real solutions to the tagging and litter problems in Montpelier through involvement in the grass roots citizen-led action group Cleaner Montpelier, and has ensured St Pauls has much improved communal bin areas.
Cllr Rob Telford (Ashley ward) has, alongside our mayoral candidate Tony Dyer, continued to call on the Mayor to ringfence the Independent Living Fund for people with disabilities to live independently. Alongside fellow ward councillor Gus Hoyt he has supported the community in their fight to keep dirty power stations from being built within Bristol. Rob also questioned the government’s Devolution Deal and its governance arrangements.
Cllr Anna McMullen (Easton ward) has been working the challenge the mayor on how Bristol can protect vulnerable citizens from the impacts of the national welfare cuts, and has championed the campaign in the city to establish Bristol as a TTIP-free zone. She also represented Greens on the cross-party Stronger In board in the lead-up to the EU referendum on 23rd June 2016.
Cllr Jerome Thomas (Clifton ward) has campaigned to implement a Low Emissions Zone to improve air quality, identifying excess money in the parking revenue account to submit a budget amendment to fund it. He subsequently met with Bristol West MP, Thangam Debonnaire, to help develop a stronger cross party approach on city air quality. Jerome has also led the campaign for a zebra crossing at the Jacob's Wells / Constitution Hill intersection - this has now secured funding.
Cllr Martin Fodor (Redland ward) has called for the promotion of Passivhaus low energy building standards on council-owned land. The city council announced in March 2016 that this would become a reality. Martin also tabled a motion that called for the Avon Pension Fund to develop a strategy to divest from fossil fuels and diversify into energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage, that was supported by Unison and passed by the council after some amendments. He ensured this was followed up by the Mayor in line with the resolution passed. Martin also led calls to ensure reuse and repair are part of plans for a South Bristol Reuse & Recycle Centre on Hartcliffe Way and are incorporated into the new council Zero Waste Strategy.
Cllr Tim Malnick (Bishopston ward) was instrumental with the Business Change Directorate to bring about the council’s Social Value consultation, looking to change how Bristol makes procurement decisions so that social and environmental benefits are also gained for the city through how contracts are let, not just making a decision on price. Tim also became a minor viral video sensation when his critique of the Conservative position on social care was viewed over 4,500 times.
Cllr Deb Joffe (Windmill Hill ward) has successfully lobbied for improved walking and cycling provision for the new Bristol Arena.
Cllr Dani Glazzard (Cotham ward) worked with local residents to stop the closure of Redland Library and set up a ‘Friends of Redland Library’ group that continues to champion this local resource. Dani has worked with Cotham’s schools to engage young people in local decision making; so far 200 young people have been consulted on the local neighbourhood and longer term projects are being set up for young people to work on the issues that matter to them. Dani also spoke out against the academisation of our schools at a full council meeting and continues to campaign to stop further privatisation of education.