Where Bristol lays out its vision as 'a city where everyone has access to sufficient, affordable low-carbon energy, with active communities across the city generating and managing a significant amount of their energy need', DECC’s vision remains somewhat opaque.
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Wadebridge, a small town in Cornwall, is going 'back to the future', localising its energy supply and, in doing so, re-building its local economy
Nearly 60% of politicians felt that city-wide views were well represented by the council, whilst amongst management and community leaders only around 20% and 30% respectively felt this was true. This kind of mismatch is reflected in almost every question put to the three groups and exposes how hugely out of step politicians are with the views of the rest of Bristol’s civic leaders.
I wasn’t expecting to feel like this about Bristol getting its first elected mayor, but there’s a growing mood of optimism in this city that’s just irresistible.
New types of investment are needed to kick-start our local economies. A team at Bristol Council is leading on the development of a local investment fund aimed at supporting the economic growth and wellbeing of the city.
The ‘presidential’ style of election means that it doesn’t matter where in the city a vote comes from. This could lead to candidates campaigning intensely in wealthy areas with a temptation to focus on issues that benefit the better off to the detriment of poorer areas.
Bristol is to launch its own currency in May, imaginatively named the Bristol Pound or the £B.
Business leaders in Bristol have published their vision for the city. It’s all about breaking out of short-term political cycles and taking a long-term view, John Savage tells Clare Goff