The ‘High street' is more than just a collection of shops, it is a hub of social interaction where goods and services are bought and exchanged and where members of the community can engage with each other. Though the Green party will focus on revitalising the local shops and services, we acknowledge that all high streets have their own personalities and should be ‘free to develop’ rather than ‘be developed’ by the Council.
We will try to make all Bristol’s high streets as pedestrian friendly as possible.
Change Planning Law
The Green Party in Bristol will lobby central Government for changes to the planning law that will make it harder for multi-nationals and large chain stores to trade in areas that have a history of local traders.
Opening up shops
We will encourage local traders to return to or set up on high streets and estates using incentives to get new businesses into vacant and derelict property and through encouraging local markets.
Tackling visual pollution
The Green Party seeks to end street advertising, including billboards.
Supporting traders’ associations
To help strengthen high streets and local centres around the city the Green Party will invest in facilitators whose job will be to help establish and support traders’ associations and meet local customers' needs. We will work with trader’s groups where Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are being developed to strengthen local shopping areas.
A Green Plan For Bristol
The Green Party is not just concerned about the environment.