New consultations detail major savings proposals in Bristol neighbourhoods
A raft of five consultations have been launched by Bristol City Council to get local people’s views on their proposals for how they could deliver certain local services with a reduced budget.
Libraries, public toilets, school crossing patrols, Neighbourhood Partnerships and Bristol Community Links are all covered in the proposals. The ‘Your Neighbourhood’ consultations ask people to comment on as many of these proposals as possible. They include an interactive map to help people judge and comment on the combined effects of the different options they can choose from.
The proposed changes include reducing the number of city libraries to 10; closing street toilets and investing in a new community toilet scheme to expand availability; removing around half of the city’s school crossing patrols (unless community, school or other options emerge); changing the current Neighbourhood Partnership model to a local grant system with less frequent community meetings; and making detailed changes to the way a suite of services for adults with learning disabilities and dementia operate. Together the savings amount to just over £4.7m.
The consultations are open now at www.bristol.gov.uk/yourneighbourhood and run until Tuesday 5 September. Anyone with a disability or particular access needs can request alternative formats by contacting the Consultation Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0117 922 2848. A limited number of paper copies are available from local libraries and the council’s Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street.