Public events to consult on £4.7m council savings plans

Events are being held across the city in June and July – as Bristol City Council consults residents on plans for over £4.7m savings on public service budgets..

Bookings for the events open on 22 June – with two local consultations being held at The Park in Daventry Road.

With reductions in central government funding and a growing and ageing population – the council says it has less money to provide services over the next five years.

It recently announced the plans for the budget savings for libraries, public toilets, school crossing patrols, Neighbourhood Partnerships and Bristol Community Links.

The consultation will be looking at ways to encourage people to take part in city life and reduce dependency on council-funded services.

Proposed changes include cutting the number of city libraries to 10; closing street toilets and investing in a new community toilet scheme and removing around half of the city’s school crossing patrols – unless community, school or other options emerge.

There are also plans to replace Neighbourhood Partnerships with a local grant system as well as making changes to the way services for adults with learning disabilities and dementia operate.

The council is also consulting the public on plans for delivering savings of £1.8m against its Supporting People budget – which provides services to help a wide range of people live independently.

The public events will include a question and answer session with the Mayor and Cabinet Members, followed by discussions.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees said: “…Our savings proposals reflect our current financial position and how we can provide adequate services without spreading ourselves hopelessly thin.

“These public events will provide another way for us to discuss this together as a city, share ideas and work on what things might look like in future.

“We will be gathering views across the board and considering them carefully before any final proposals are developed or decisions are made. I hope people will come and take part in some productive, forward-looking discussions.”

Bookings can be made from 9am on Thursday 22 June on a first come, first served basis: Two consultations will be held  at The Park in Daventry Road, Knowle on Thursday 13 July, 6.30-  8pm, https://yourneighbourhood05.eventbrite.co.uk and Monday 24 July, from  12.30-2pm, https://yourneighbourhood07.eventbrite.co.uk

Anybody without internet access can book by calling the council’s consultation team on 0117 922 2848.

More information about  the council’s proposals and a full list of venues hosting consultations across the city is available at www.bristol.gov.uk/yourneighbourhood, where people can also take part in surveys to share their ideas and views.

Survey responses must be received by Tuesday 5 September 2017.

Filwood Library will be offering support to fill in the online consultation at drop-in sessions on Monday 31 July from 1-4pm.