Today Labour and Green councillors joined forces to save the Mayor from the people of Bristol. The Liberal Democrat motion, to give the people of Bristol a referendum on the Mayoral system that was voted on today lost by 11 votes, after Labour & Green councillors voted against it (with some Green councillors abstaining), meaning the motion didn't pass.
The Liberal Democrats have been listening to local people, whose frustration is clear with the Mayor, his failures, and the lack of accountability and democracy in the Mayoral system. 77% of the people of Bristol feel the elected Mayor isn't improving the leadership of the city, and we feel they deserve the chance to scrap the Mayor if they want to.
While we want to offer a special thanks to the two Labour rebels that broke the Labour whip to vote for democracy and their residents, we are disappointed that Green councillors chose to vote against or abstain on the motion, even though their national party policy is to scrap directly elected mayors.
Out and about in Brislington West with Jos and Andrew
Another round-up of local news from your hardworking Lib Dem team:
News broke this morning that the Council owned housing company Goram Homes has plans to develop the two Grade II listed bonded warehouses on Spike Island into a new 200 home development. Details are currently scarce barring the fact that it will be a ‘mix’ of affordable and market value apartments developed as part of the ‘Western Harbour Regeneration Area’.
200 new apartments coming, but can the local infrastructure support it?