There are currently several Bristol City Council consultations under way, mainly relating to cuts to council services. We encourage local people to have their say, particularly on the following:
Removal of remaining funding supporting neighbourhood action
This consultation is on the proposal to remove the final £257k of funding for local neighbourhood activities. The budget for this had already been cut from when this money – often known as the Wellbeing Fund – was administered by the axed Neighbourhood Partnerships. It was used to support local community groups, including childrens activities, parks, street scene, arts and energy saving initiatives. The proposal is that there will be no further funding from 2018/19.
Have your say on this proposal on the council consultation website. It closes on 17 December 2017.
Parks and Green Spaces
The budget for parks is planned to be reduced by at least £2.8 million by April 2019. This consulation asks for views on means to achieve this including:
- Generating income by: charging more for cafes and concessions; introducing advertising hoardings; charging fees and encouraging greater commercial use; hosting more fee-paying events.
- Reducing existing service provision by: cutting sports facilities; reducing opening hours; reducing maintenance; stopping hanging basket and floral displays; reducing hours of facilities such as toilets; not replacing unsafe play equipment; asking community groups to help with maintenance.
Have your say on how cuts to parks can be achieved on the council consultation website. It closes on 29 January 2018.
Other cuts are also being proposed for 2018/19 and there is a further consultation on the council Corporate Strategy 2018-2023 and Budget 2018/19 Consultation, which closes on 17 December 2017.