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Tuesday, 3rd Jul 2018

Greens call for ban on balloon releases

Green councillors have renewed calls for the council to take action to ban balloon and sky lantern releases in Bristol. Almost a year after Clifton Down Councillor Carla Denyer first called for a city-wide ban (see Bristol 24/7 article here), the Council is still to take action.

Balloon and sky lantern releases create a permanent environmental hazard as when they eventually fall back down to earth the constituent parts (string, metal and plastic) pose a health risk if eaten by cattle or other wildlife, or find their way into the sea or waterways and pollute aquatic ecosystems.

Redland Councillor Fi Hance began work on a balloon ban during her time as Green Cabinet member - however it seems there has been no progress since.

Quoted in Bristol 24/7, Cllr Hance said:

"When in the cabinet I started work some time ago on putting in a ban similar to Gloucester.

The mayor did seem keen, but it seems that things have ground to a halt. It’s simple enough to do and there’s a lot of public support so I really can’t see what the problem is."

Read the full story here.

Bristol shoppers join worldwide campaign returning unnecessary plastic to supermarkets

Bristol shoppers join worldwide campaign returning unnecessary plastic to supermarkets

This weekend Bristol shoppers and Greens joined campaigners from around the world in ‘plastic attacks’ to hand back their unneeded single use plastics to supermarkets across Bristol.

Letter Bristol Cllrs must vote against the proposed airport expansion

Letter: Bristol Cllrs must vote against the proposed airport expansion

We can all do our bit to help reduce the impact of climate change by choosing to walk and cycle more or fly less, but only politicians can make the big decisions that will decide whether our planet blossoms or burns. It is time they start treating climate change as the global emergency that it is.

Arena decision Why are we letting austerity dictate how our city should grow

Arena decision: Why are we letting austerity dictate how our city should grow?

You can’t shrink to greatness! But with the arena decision at cabinet last week that is what it feels like Bristol has done.

Bristol Greens to attend RiseForClimate rally in Bristol  8th September

Bristol Greens to attend #RiseForClimate rally in Bristol – 8th September

Alongside organisations in Bristol and in cities around the world, Bristol Green Party members and elected representatives will be demanding urgent action on climate change by taking part in the #RiseForClimate rally in Bristol on 8th September.

Green Group Leader Mayors arena decision shows contempt for democracy

Green Group Leader: Mayor's arena decision shows contempt for democracy

The day after he voted for a council motion supporting a Temple Meads location for Bristol's Arena, the city's Labour Mayor has scrapped the project altogether in a Cabinet meeting.

Opinion Bristol wants the arena on Arena Island

Opinion: Bristol wants the arena on Arena Island

Bristol Green Party's Deputy Coordinator writes for 24/7 about why the Mayor should listen and build the Arena on Arena Island.

Mayor should abide by council vote for Arena location

Mayor should ‘abide by’ council vote for Arena location

A majority of cross-party councillors have taken the unusual step of calling an extraordinary Council meeting to vote on the location of Bristol’s Arena, and demanding that the Mayor ‘abides by’ the decision made. The Arena’s future was due to be decided by the Mayor on Sept 4th. However, amid growing accusations that the Mayor’s decision may be biased (1), councillors have called for a free vote. The letter to the Mayor includes signatures from a majority of councillors, including signatures from all four political parties.

Listen Again to Molly Scott Catos speech at Bristols Peoples Vote rally

Listen Again to Molly Scott Cato's speech at Bristol's People's Vote rally

Why Arena island is still the best location for Bristols Arena

Why Arena island is still the best location for Bristol's Arena

The Mayor’s own Value for Money study showed that the arena will pay for itself, will add no burden to the public purse, will not impact on council services and will leave the city with a significant asset. The Mayor has acknowledged on a number of occasions, and most recently on BBC Points West last Thursday, that an arena at Temple Island would be affordable for the city.

5m cuts to special needs budget hidden from Council

£5m cuts to special needs budget 'hidden' from Council

Bristol’s cabinet member for education and skills has been accused of misleading the council by hiding concerns around £5m of cuts to a special needs budget. A High Court judge has ruled that Bristol City Council did not properly consult over the cuts to the high needs block. Clive Stevens, Green councillor for Clifton Down, said: “It’s important that lessons are learned. The 2016 Bundred Review highlighted the need for councillors to be given clear information, but here in 2018 we had a £5m cut which was simply not shown in the budget papers." For the full article please see here>>

Checking the numbers on alternatives to the Bristol Arena

Checking the numbers on alternatives to the Bristol Arena

'Bristol deserves better than this' - Deputy group leader Jerome Thomas has a look at the numbers supporting the 'alternative development' at Temple Meads in place of an arena.

Green MEP to join Peoples March rally in Bristol this Saturday

Green MEP to join People’s March rally in Bristol this Saturday

Green MEP for the South West and former Bristol West parliamentary candidate, Molly Scott Cato, will join a cross-party group of politicians and campaign groups at a rally in Bristol this Saturday calling for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal

Enough talk time for action on plastics waste

Enough talk, time for action on plastics waste

Following the reports of huge amounts of unrecycled plastic waste left on the streets after St Paul’s Carnival, Greens are calling for the Council to make sure that lessons are learnt ahead of this weekend’s balloon festival. Green councillors also want Bristol Council to stop dragging its heels and implement a policy on plastics waste as soon as possible, including a ban on single-use plastics at council events.

Greens discuss arena libraries and racism on politics podcast

Greens discuss arena, libraries, and racism on politics podcast

Catch up on the Green appearances on Bristol Live's local politics podcast.

Remove abandoned billboards that blight our city

Remove abandoned billboards that blight our city

A local Green councillor for Clifton Down in Bristol has successfully applied for an unsightly abandoned billboard on Whiteladies Road to be removed.

BBC must refuse airtime to organisations lacking funding transparency

BBC must refuse airtime to organisations lacking funding transparency

In the wake of revelations that right-wing think tank, the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA), offered potential US donors “cash for access” to Conservative ministers, Bristol's Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has launched a petition calling on the BBC to stop giving airtime to organisations whose funding is not transparent.

Help protect 20mph limits around your home

Help protect 20mph limits around your home

Press Release: “Help protect 20mph limits around your home” say Green Councillors

Bristol cant wait decades for action on climate change

Bristol can’t wait decades for action on climate change

Following the hottest day so far this year, Bristol Green Councillors are calling for Bristol to take a leading role in tackling climate change, with clear action needed now if the city is to meet its carbon targets.

Why we need to preserve our 20mph city

Why we need to preserve our 20mph city

The Green Party believes it is vital that we retain the 20mph limits in the city which have brought such benefits for huge areas of the city as a whole. 20mph is good for our safety, our environment and our health.

Exposing the Mafialike organisations behind Brexit

Exposing the ‘Mafia-like’ organisations behind Brexit

After Jacob Rees-Mogg accused the EU of acting like the Mafia, the criticism is reflected back on him by evidence gathered together in a new website called The Brexit Syndicate, which is launched today by Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato.

We need a Peoples Vote on Brexit deal

We need a 'People's Vote' on Brexit deal

Personally I feel very strongly about my rights as a European being taken away. My entire heritage is elsewhere in Europe and losing the right to visit, live or work across the travel area with my EU passport is distressing.

Group leader responds to the Mayors Annual Speech

Group leader responds to the Mayor's Annual Speech

"We’ve heard a lot of beautiful words today, we keep hearing a lot of beautiful words, but the gulf between those words and the reality of the actions I see, and what people around me experience, is so huge that I can’t be silent"

Dangerous parking is putting peoples lives at risk

Dangerous parking is putting people’s lives at risk

Green councillors are calling for urgent action to help communities who are suffering with dangerous parking problems, particularly in areas adjoining resident parking zones across the City. Greens have tabled a motion to the Full Council meeting taking place on Tuesday 17th July to urge the Mayor to make sure that communities have access to the support they need to sort out these local parking problems.

How can a Labour Mayor support airport expansion for the few not the many

How can a Labour Mayor support airport expansion for the few, not the many?

In light of a new analysis showing that airport expansion disproportionally benefits the wealthiest in society, Green councillor Carla Denyer will ask Bristol’s Mayor to reconcile his contradictory views about climate change and airport expansion.

Greens call for ban on balloon releases

Greens call for ban on balloon releases

From Bristol 24/7: "Fresh calls have been made to introduce a city-wide ban on people releasing balloons or sky lanterns across Bristol."

Bristol Airport carbon targets worthless without roadmap say Greens

Bristol Airport carbon targets worthless without roadmap, say Greens

Days before Bristol Airport’s consultation closes, a Green Party councillor has revealed that the Airport has no plan in place for delivering on its carbon goals.

Greens to Mayor listen to Scrutiny on the Arena

Greens to Mayor: listen to Scrutiny on the Arena

"The future is not a destination, it is something we imagine, plan and build, and this decision is one with real impact for the shape of our future"

Bristols MEP slams Tories  Labour over climate wrecking decisions

Bristol's MEP slams Tories & Labour over ‘climate wrecking’ decisions

Molly has condemned the government for its decision not to back the world’s first tidal power lagoon at Swansea Bay but, on the same day, give the green light to expand Heathrow airport.

Bristol Greens invite Labour MPs to oppose Heathrow expansion

Bristol Greens invite Labour MPs to oppose Heathrow expansion

Bristol Green Party are today inviting the city's Labour MPs to join them in a united opposition to the expansion of Heathrow Airport that would "smash" the UK's climate change efforts. The invite comes after Bristol North West MP Darren Jones tweeted his intention to abstain, stating "it doesn’t significantly impact Bristol, so I’ll be abstaining" despite an election commitment to local Green party supporters to meet with Bristol Green Party regularly to discuss environmental issues.

Everything falling into place for Arena Island

Everything falling into place for Arena Island

Green Councillors are delighted that the last week of scrutiny has demonstrated the case for an Arena in the central of Bristol.

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