So Bristol has spoken – and the result could not have been clearer with a higher turnout than anyone predicted for a stand-alone referendum. For what was probably a myriad of reasons, both positive and negative, we are to end the city mayoral system and move to a committee and council leader system. It may surprise many that, as a strong advocate for the mayoral … Continue reading Let’s grasp the opportunity to make a good city for all.
By the end of this week, on Friday 22nd April, we are invited to respond to the ‘Vision for Western Harbour’, the result of a long and expensive exercise commissioned by Bristol City Council from London consultants. This follows the disastrous pre-covid attempt at introducing a highway scheme, including a new 4-lane bridge over the Avon, that would have wrecked one of the most iconic city … Continue reading Is Planning Consultation worth the paper it is written on?
“Don’t vote – Whoever you vote for the Council gets in!” That was the graffiti of despair that I so well remember on a wall in St Pauls in the 1980’s. Bristol is good at ‘firsts’ – after all it’s written in our name, ‘Br1stol’, and it was in 1980 we had the first of the inner-city riots, before Brixton, Bradford and the rest. Not … Continue reading Bristol Mayoral Referendum – 5th May 2022
Whatever your thoughts about the toppling of the Colston statue, and sadly it has polarized opinion locally and nationally, we can all agree he made a hell of a splash when thrown into the city docks. The ripples have taken the name and spirit of Bristol around the world, like nothing else has been able to do since Cabot discovered Newfoundland over 500 years ago. … Continue reading Bristol in the Dock
The return of destructive planning Bristol’s history, special character and environment are under assault from more damaging development than we have experienced in the past 50 years, but we are in danger of sleep walking through it. Soon after I had qualified as an architect, Times journalist Adam Fergusson published The Sack of Bath (1973), a slim but hard hitting book that has been credited … Continue reading The Sack of Bristol
As published in the Journal of the Academy of Urbanism, Winter 2016. This is a story of a very personal mission in placemaking and real regeneration that I have undertaken over the past 20 years in my home city of Bristol, well before becoming its first elected mayor in 2012! What is now known as the Tobacco Factory, built in 1910, is a 4 storey, … Continue reading Bridging the divide in Bristol