Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate wants to scrap the job when elected!
Mary Page is the only candidate in Bristol's 2020 mayoral race, who wants to return control to our communities.
The mayoral system, in place since 2012, has seen inaction and indecision run rampant in Bristol City Council. The Bristol Arena project was cancelled and £12m wasted, the Clean Air plan was a year and a half late, the South Bristol recycling centre has still not been delivered, despite funding allocated in 2013, and nothing has been done to fight the climate emergency declared by the Council last year.
Mary Page, Liberal Democrat candidate for mayor, will give Bristolians the chance to abolish the job and to return power to our communities. Mary said “The role of mayor has centralised power in City Hall. This prevents communities from controlling change in their own areas. I want local people to be empowered in our city, not leave power in the hands of a mayor and a few highly paid council consultants.”
Mary added: “The challenges are so great that we need to change the system. That won't happen with a mayor who's scared of losing an election. We need grown-up, honest and straight-talking politicians. That's why we need to scrap the role of mayor, so Bristolians and their councillors are free to work together.”
She continued "Strong communities are vital so that we can lead happier, healthier, wealthier and fulfilled lives. Only by working with the whole city, can we tackle the big challenges, like transport, homelessness, education, elderly and special needs care, and climate change. Together, we can build a future for Bristol that is culturally, financially and environmentally sustainable."
As Mary is a passionate environmentalist, she understands that to hit the 2030 carbon neutral targets set by the Council, positive change will have to happen fast.
“With air pollution, lives are at risk, so we must look at charging for, or banning the most polluting vehicles and industrial processes. Yet this must be done in a way which doesn’t penalise those who are already worst off. To support positive change we need carbon-free transport affordable for all. We need bus franchising, scrappage schemes and support for those buying alternative transport."
She finished, "In my time here, I've found Bristolians are extremely creative. We need to innovate collectively, and make city-wide improvements like planting trees and shrubs, and using plant or moss walls in new buildings and office spaces. We must clean the air we breathe, as well as improve our environment. And, by taking individual action, we can cut our own pollution, and travel with a smaller carbon footprint. It’s not easy changing our habits but the cost of clean air is priceless, so as part of my own commitment to positive change I have invested in an electric bike.