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Open Consultations

  • Filton and Brentry Transport Improvements Package

    The consultation is part of a joint project between South Gloucestershire Council and Bristol City Council to provide improved walking and cycling routes. The aim is to encourage sustainable travel and to support proposed developments in these areas, including the Brabazon Arena and... More

    Closes 25 May 2022

  • Whiteladies Road Flood Alleviation and Footpath Scheme Consultation

    Whiteladies Road - flood alleviation and footpath scheme consultation We are proposing to carry out highway improvements focusing on a drainage system and footpath improvements along Whiteladies Road between the Tyndall’s Park Road junction and the Queen’s Road junction. ... More

    Closes 8 June 2022

  • Consultation on proposed small waste incineration plant at 203 Burcott Road, Avonmouth, Bristol

    The Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2016 Regulation 13 and Schedule 5, Paragraph 6 Application for an environmental permit to operate an installation by Pyrocore Ltd, Unit 203C Burcott Road, Bristol, BS11 8AD. This is to inform you that we have received the... More

    Closes 15 June 2022

  • City Centre Development and Delivery Plan (DDP)

    Bristol City Council is working with local residents, businesses, landowners, developers and other stakeholders to guide the long-term regeneration of central Bristol. The Development and Delivery Plan (or Plan for short), once complete, will guide the recovery, regeneration and... More

    Closes 31 December 2022

  • Health

    The assembly heard evidence on health inequalities from a broad range of speakers with research and lived experience perspectives to focus on how they could tackle these in Bristol. How should we tackle health inequalities in Bristol? ... More

    Closes 6 March 2025

Closed Consultations

  • Falcondale Road/ Henbury Road Junction engagement

    We are proposing to carry out traffic signal refurbishment works at the crossroad junction with Falcondale Road and Henbury Road and proposing a new 24 hour bus lane for a short stretch along Falcondale Road. Proposed Traffic Signal works The traffic signals at this... More

    Closed 8 May 2022

  • Harbour Hopes - consultation on the draft vision for Western Harbour

    Bristol City Council is asking for your views on the draft vision for Western Harbour. Western Harbour is a key area in the continuing regeneration of Bristol’s city centre and the floating harbour. It’s a significant gateway to the city in a historic and landscaped setting, and... More

    Closed 22 April 2022

  • Bristol Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022 - Patient/public engagement

    The Bristol Health and Wellbeing Board has a statutory responsibility to develop and update Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) as mandated by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) assesses how well existing pharmaceutical services meet health... More

    Closed 17 April 2022

  • School Streets Follow Up Survey: Victoria Park Primary School

    A School Street is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. School Street schemes offer a proactive solution for school communities to tackle road danger, poor health and air pollution. The result is a safer, healthier... More

    Closed 13 April 2022

  • School Streets Follow Up Survey: Redfield Educate Together Primary Academy

    A School Street is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. School Street schemes offer a proactive solution for school communities to tackle road danger, poor health and air pollution. The result is a safer, healthier... More

    Closed 13 April 2022

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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We asked

The LA ran a public consultation on the following dates.

Term 1 - 1st September 2023 to 20th October 2023 (36 Days)

Term 2 - 30th October 2023 to 15th December 2023 (35 Days)

Term 3 - 2nd January 2024 to 9th February 2024 (29 Days)

Term 4 - 19th February 2024 - 28th March 2024 (29 Days)

Term 5 - 15th April 2024 - 24th May 2024 (29 Days) 

Term 6 - 3rd June 2024 - 23rd July 2024 (37 Days)

Total 195 School Days

The consultation ran from January 24th until March 7th 2022 and was circulated via head teacher bulletins and with support from the BCC communications team to school and parents. Information was posted on the BCC Citizen Space consultation page where all feedback was collated.

 

You said

We received 22 responses to the consultation.  The majority of these were in support of the dates proposed although we did receive some responses with alternative suggestions.  Overall, responses against the dates focused two considerations.  These have been summarised below, along with a response to each point on behalf of the LA.

  1. Feedback on the chosen dates
  • Starting term on a Friday puts extra pressure on teachers and makes booking holidays for the end of summer difficult
  • The end of term 2 (15th December) is too early meaning there was a long break before Christmas and children returning to school too soon after new year (2nd January)
  • Making the longest terms in the winter means more travelling to and from school in the dark
  • Summer term ends too late (23rd July)  

2. Feedback on general sceduling of school term and holiday dates.

  • Summer holidays are too long.  This time would be better used by extending all end of term holidays to two weeks
  • It is wrong to align the dates to the rest of the country.  Changing this would bring the cost of holidays down.

 

We did

Every school year decisions need to be made concerning term length and where to place half term and end of term holidays.  

We understand it is not favourable to start the term on a Friday and we accept that full school weeks would a preference, but this does not always fit with the school calendar.  The law dictates that LA maintained schools meet for the equivalent of 190 school days.  We timetable for an additional 5 dates for non-contact or INSET days.  Therefore, we generally expect schools to use this time as one of their allotted INSET days, allowing schools to prepare for the start of the school term.   

Breaking up on the 15th December means that children have a longer holiday period before Christmas rather than further into the new year.  When consulting on previous term dates we have received comments stating that ending the school term closer to Christmas day is problematic in school because it is unproductive as children are distracted and a longer period after New Year is wasted time.  In summary, this is about individual preference which does vary.  Future term dates may require term 2 to end nearer to Christmas.  

When setting term length, we activity try and make the terms similar in length.  However, this is not always possible as Easter is not a fixed date.  Feedback from schools in the past has been critical of over long terms which lead to fatigue, illness and school absence.

Summer term in the past has generally ended around the third week of July.  Alternative dates were considered whereby the school year ended mid-week, not on a Friday.  However, based on feedback from previous term date consultations this is unpopular and doing so has repercussions on school attendance.  

We fully understand the difficulties schools and parents/carers face in organising learning and attendance during term times.  We also appreciate that it can be challenging for working parents/carers trying to arrange childcare during half terms and holidays. 

Some LAs in England have taken the action to change the structure of their school terms in the past, reducing the summer holiday to 5 weeks, adding the additional week the October half term, the aim being to reduce the length of the autumn terms and allowing parents the potentially more flexibility and affordable holidays. The argument against this is the impact on those families relying on consistency year on year and across different schools and LAs.  Furthermore, if this structure was to become the norm, the nature of the new calendar could mean demand and the price of holidays would simply be moved to another point in the year.  If a change was considered in the future it would be in full collaboration with our neighbour LAs and a full a public consultation would be held, accordingly.

Year on year we collaborate with other LAs to consider the best options available, in the best interest of schools and families and to provide consistency.  We include the concern for parents/carers with child siblings in different schools and those commuting across LA borders.  On occasions in the past, when the dates have not been aligned to a neighbouring LA the feedback has been negative from those families impacted.

Having communicated with colleagues within education at BCC and co-ordinating with Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire objections were discussed and the dates have been and agreed.  Therefore, the decision was made to proceed with the proposed dates.  

We asked

Between 29 November 2021 and 16 January 2022 Bristol City Council asked residents, businesses, and anyone else who uses this area to comment on a proposed permanent scheme.

The council had developed the designs for this proposed scheme using feedback received from surveys relating to the temporary scheme that was introduced in September 2020.

You said

To ensure the survey reached as wide an audience as possible we:

  • sent set letters to 1,974 households and businesses in the local area
  • produced paper copies of the survey with a language template covering 12 languages along with a freepost envelope
  • created an online survey that was compatible with word reader software
  • asked local stakeholders and community groups to help raise awareness of the survey
  • promoted the survey via social media platforms which appeal to different age ranges
  • held on-street drop-in sessions at key locations
  • hosted two ‘town hall’ virtual meetings with local businesses, stakeholders and residents

A total of 565 surveys were completed using the online Smart Survey platform. Headline findings were:

  • 44 per cent of respondents were local residents, 69 per cent live within two miles of the scheme, 33 per cent work in the area, 45 per cent are regular visitors
  • 70 per cent of respondents tend to walk through the area, 65 per cent tend to cycle, 45 per cent tend to drive
  • 78 per cent agreed with the proposed changes overall (with an approval range of 76-80 per cent across the different sections of the scheme)
  • 66 per cent approved of bus stop boarders
  • There was over 75 per cent support for cycle hangars at all three of the potential locations that were consulted on

You can read the full consultation report here. Alternative formats of the report are available on request. 

We did

We have reviewed feedback from the survey, along with the views of local stakeholder groups and ward members.

As there is a good level of support for this scheme, we will progress it to the detailed design stage with some additions and changes in response to consultation feedback.

We will then seek formal approval to deliver the scheme, which will be subject to the detailed design work and the availability of funding. An Officer Executive Decision will be published in the coming months.

If delivery of the scheme is approved, further statutory consultations will be carried out as part of the legal process relating to traffic regulation orders.

We asked

The South Bristol Youth Zone consultation took place between 16 November 2021 and 2 January 2022 and sought views from the public on the proposed South Bristol Youth Zone.

The South Bristol Youth Zone consultation sought feedback on the following.

  • Proposal for a Youth Zone to be built in South Bristol
  • Proposed location of the Youth Zone
  • Respondents’ reasons for disagreeing with the proposal to build a Youth Zone in South Bristol or the proposed location.
  • Ideas and suggestions for how young people can travel to and from the site safely.

The South Bristol Youth Zone consultation comprised information about the proposal to build a Youth Zone in South Bristol and an online survey.

You said

We received 184 responses to the consultation, the results of which are available here.

We did

The consultation feedback will be be used to shape the Full Business Case which will be considered by Cabinet on 7 June 2022.

We asked

The consultation on the council’s 2022/23 budget was open for six weeks from 5 November 2021 until 17 December 2021. Individual responses were received via the survey and additional responses were received from organisations and individuals via email.

More information about what we consulted on is available in the consultation survey.

You said

We received 1,304 responses to the Budget consultation 2022/23, the results of which are available in the Budget 2022/23 consultation report.

Increase in Core Council Tax 2022/23

A majority (842 respondents, 65%) favour an increase in core Council Tax to support general services in 2022/23*. Of these:

  • 582 (45% of all 1,304 respondents) favour a 1.99% increase;
  • 260 (20%) favour a 1% increase;
  • 444 (34%) would prefer no increase to core Council Tax and;
  • 18 (1%) did not give a view.

Increase in Adult Social Care Precept in 2022/23

A majority (740 respondents, 57%) of respondents favour an additional 1% Adult Social Care Precept (on top of core Council Tax) to support the delivery of adult social care.**

539 (41%) respondents would prefer no increase to Social Care Precept in 2022/23.

25 (2%) did not give a view on Social Care Precept.

Six proposed approaches to saving money and generating income

1,281 (98%) of the survey respondents gave their views on one or more of the of six money saving and income generating approaches that are proposed to bridge the forecast budget gap in 2022/23. Of these:

  • 95% agreed with the proposal to improve efficiency;
  • 90% agreed with the proposal for digital transformation;
  • 87% agreed with the proposal for propery and capital investment;
  • 78% agreed with the proposal to be more business-like and secure more external resources;
  • 65% agreed with reducing the need for direct services;
  • 51% agreed with redesigning, reducing or stopping services. 

*1.99% is the maximum amount the council can raise Council Tax in 2022/23 without holding a local referendum. This limit is set by government. 

** The council is allowed to add a Social Care Precept of up to 1% to Council Tax in 2022/23. This is in addition to the permitted increase of up to 1.99% for core Council Tax.

We did

The decision will be taken at Full Council on 15 February 2022.

We asked

Between 25 October and 30 November 2021 Bristol City Council asked residents, businesses, and anyone else who enjoys Cotham Hill to comment on three possible permanent schemes. The council developed three designs for a permanent scheme, using feedback received from previous surveys: 

Option A - continues with the closure on Cotham Hill for vehicles between Whiteladies Gate and Hampton Park and Hampton Park and Abbotsford Road and retains private access at number 38. A series of one-ways have been proposed that retain access for residents, businesses and visitors whilst reducing traffic speeds, through traffic and vehicles meeting head on. A ‘school street’ has also been proposed adjacent to St Peters and Paul Primary School. The cycle lane on Cotham Hill between West Park and Hampton Road will be upgraded by installing bollards to separate people cycling from traffic.

Option B – continues with the closure on Cotham Hill for vehicles between Whiteladies Gate and Hampton park and Hampton Park and Abbotsford Road and retains private access at number 38. A series of one-ways have been proposed that retain access for residents, businesses and visitors whilst reducing traffic speeds, through traffic and vehicles meeting head on but this does not include West Park.  A ‘school street’ has also been proposed adjacent to St Peters and Paul Primary School. The cycle lane on Cotham Hill between West Park and Hampton Road will be upgraded by installing bollards to separate people cycling from traffic.

 

Option C – removes the current scheme and changes Cotham hill into a one way street for motorised vehicles, allowing traffic to travel from Whiteladies Road to Cotham Road. By taking out a traffic lane and by removing the existing parking between Whiteladies Gate and Abbotsford Road the footways can be widened and enable space for cycling in both directions. In this design there is no pedestrianised area and space on the high street to carry out trading for businesses is reduced. Reallocation of further road space to create additional space for pedestrians is not possible due to the constraints.  A ‘school street’ has also been proposed adjacent to St Peters and Paul Primary School. The cycle lane on Cotham Hill between West Park and Hampton Road will be upgraded by installing bollards to separate people cycling from traffic.

How we engaged

To ensure the survey reached as wide an audience as possible the team did the following:

  • Paper copies of the survey with a language template covering 12 languages were created along with a free post envelope
  • Posters were put up in the local area to raise awareness of the survey
  • Online survey was compatible with word reader software
  • Local stakeholders and community groups were asked to help raise awareness of the survey
  • Promoted the survey via online social media platforms which appeal to different age ranges
  • Officers conducted two ‘town hall’ virtual meetings with local businesses, stakeholders, and residents to present the three possible schemes and hear feedback

You said

A total of 1527 completed responses to the survey have been captured using the online Smart Survey platform over the consultation period. Of the responses the headline findings are:

  • Over 60% were from residents
  • Over 14% live on Cotham Hill or within 100 yards and nearly 65% live within one mile
  • 80% walk and 40% cycle on Cotham Hill
  • 63% selected Option A, 27% selected Option B and 5% selected Option C and 5% supported no option or didn’t know
  • 37% wanted a bike hangar on their street and put forward 240 road names. Hampton Park, Cotham Hill, Aberdeen Road and Hampton Road were the top 4

59% would like to see street artwork on the carriageway included in the preferred option

We did

We have reviewed the feedback to the survey along with views from local stakeholders, ward members and community groups.

As the results show overwhelming support for Option A, we will progress this scheme to the detailed design stage, with some additions and changes in response to the consultation feedback.

We are now seeking formal approval to deliver the scheme, which is subject to the detailed design work and whether funding is available, and will publish an officer executive decision in the coming months.

Further statutory consultations on aspects of the scheme will take place towards the end of 2022 as part of the legal process for traffic regulation orders.

The full consultation report is available here. 

Further information

If you would like information on any of our consultations in another format, including paper copies, please telephone 0117 922 2848 or email: consultation@bristol.gov.uk.