Bristol is a great city and it can be so much better!
The Green Mayor and Bristol’s Green Party Council candidates wish to see Bristol continue as the leading Green city in the UK with a clear vision of a more sustainable, better future. Our particular focus in 2016 is on Clean and Affordable Energy, A Decent Home for Everyone, 21st Century Education and Skills and Sustainable Transport and Clean Air.
Tony Dyer - Green Party candidate for mayor
Tony Dyer has set his key priorities for his campaign to be mayor. These are set in the context of our ongoing opposition to austerity. The top 10 priorities that a Green mayor will set out to achieve are:
- Continuing to work with tenants organisations like Acorn, and progressive landlords and letting agents, to ensure that homes in the private rental sector meet appropriate standards of safety and comfort, and that exorbitant fees and rent rises are curtailed.
- Delivering a low emission zone covering the city centre by 2020 to help reduce the levels of air pollution in the city, the cause of 200 premature deaths per year.
- Implementing an active transport strategy for the city based on the independently produced manifestos of the Bristol Walking Alliance and the Bristol Cycling Campaign.
- Establishing a fresh start to our often troubled partnership working with neighbouring authorities in order to establish cross-border initiatives such as an Integrated Transport Authority.
- Delivering 8,000 new homes in the next four years, including 2,800 affordable (of which 80% will be at social rent levels).
- Increasing the number of apprenticeships in the city by 50%, improving the delivery of vocational training aimed at the skills needed for the future city.
- Ensuring there are enough primary, secondary and special educational needs school places in the city to meet demand, and that schools tackling the highest levels of child poverty are prioritised.
- RIng fencing the Independent Living Fund grant - funding provided for those with the most serious disabilities - for the purpose it is intended for, over the term of my office
- Combating the impact of inequalities and prejudice by implementing as many of the recommendations of the independently produced BME Manifesto, the Womanifesto, and the LGBT+ Manifesto as possible.
- Delivering re-use and recycling facilities across the city - including a new facility in South Bristol - to support a target of sending zero waste to landfill by 2020.
With thanks to Aaron Chown for the image