Consultation & Engagement Hub

Welcome to the Bristol City Council Consultation & Engagement Hub.  This site will help you find and participate in consultations that interest you.  Recently updated consultations are displayed below; alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc.

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Featured consultations

  • Budget Consultation 2021-22

    Every February, the council sets a budget for the next year which details how much money we will be able to spend on each of the services the council provides. We are consulting on options for the level of Council Tax increase next year (from April 2021-March 2022) to help cover some... More

    Closed 28 December 2020

Open Consultations

  • Bedminster Green River Restoration and Transport Consultation

    Bristol is undergoing its greatest transformation in generations. Bedminster Green is an opportunity to create a thriving new urban community, with new homes, better transport connections and enhanced public spaces. It’s part of plans to future-proof the city for a growing population and... More

    Closes today

  • Survey of Parents and Carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability Spring 2021

    We are asking parents and carers of children and young people ages 0 to 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) to share your views about the services and provision in Bristol. Your experience of being a parent carer is really valuable to us. We will use your feedback to help... More

    Closes 5 March 2021

  • SEND Children and Young People Survey Spring 2021

    We are asking children and young people ages 0 to 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) to share your views about the support services in Bristol. Your experience is really valuable to us. We will use your feedback to help us to improve services for you and your... More

    Closes 5 March 2021

  • What is Bristol Citizens' Assembly?

    The Bristol Citizens’ Assembly will bring together a randomly selected group of people who broadly reflect the diverse communities of Bristol. Over four weekends in January to March the group will hear about and discuss how COVID-19 has affected Bristol, and then make recommendations on... More

    Closes 7 March 2021

  • Climate change

    How do we rapidly reduce the impact of our homes on climate change? Session 1 - Understanding the problem and why we need to act Climate change, impacts, strategy, and emergency response - Ann Cousins, Associate, Resilience and Climate Change and Co-chair of One City Environment Board... More

    Closes 7 March 2021

Closed Consultations

  • Hengrove Lane

    Bristol City Council has allo cated funding to introduce tr affic calming at Hengrove Lane, between Hengrove Farm Lane and Wells Road. The proposals involve a series of 6 speed cushions (double sets) at Hengrove Lane – i.e. a continuation of those at Walsh Ave. The purpose of the... More

    Closed 1 March 2021

  • Oldbury Court Road Footway & Junction Improvement Proposals.

    The planning conditions associated with the redevelopment of the UWE St Matthias Campus included funding to make highway improvements on Oldbury Court Road. The focus of the proposals are at the junction of Oldbury Court Road, Symington Road & Victoria Park. This junction is positioned on a... More

    Closed 28 February 2021

  • Redcliff Mead Lane and Prewett Street Engagement Survey

    We are asking businesses, residents and anyone who enjoys Redcliff Mead Lane and Prewett Street to make suggestions on how to make walking and cycling easier and how to improve the general street environment. You can take part by following the link at the bottom of this page. Due to... More

    Closed 28 February 2021

  • Silverthorne Lane Conservation Area Character Appraisal Consultation

    The Silverthorne Lane area in St Philips, Bristol has significant architectural and historic interest and is being considered for designation as a new conservation area for Bristol. Conservation areas are beneficial for the social and cultural identity of the area and help... More

    Closed 19 February 2021

  • Beaufort Road Engagement Survey

    We are asking businesses, residents and anyone who enjoys Beaufort Road to make suggestions on how to make walking and cycling easier and how to improve the general street environment. You can take part by following the link at the bottom of this page. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the... More

    Closed 14 February 2021

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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We asked

The consultation on the council’s 2021/22 budget was open for six weeks from 16 November 2020 until 28 December 2020. 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 2,006 responses to the Budget consultation 2021/22, the results of which are available in the Budget 2021/22 consultation report.

1,936 (97%) of the 2,006 people who responded to the budget consultation, stated the level core Council Tax increase they would support in 2021/22, from the three options provided*:

A majority of respondents (66%) favour an increase in core Council Tax to support general services. Of these, 259 (13% of all 1,936 respondents) favour a 3% increase, 688 (36%) favour a 2% increase and 332 (17%) would prefer a 1% increase in core Council Tax.

657 (34%) respondents would prefer ‘no increase to Council Tax’ in 2021/22.

1,957 (98%) of the 2,006 respondents to the consultation, expressed a preference for a particular level of Adult Social Care Precept, from the three options provided**:

A majority of respondents (60%) favour an additional Adult Social Care Precept (on top of core Council Tax) to support the delivery of adult social care.

Of these, 334 (17% of all 1,957 respondents) favour a 3% Adult Social Care Precept, 416 (21%) favour a 2% and 422 (22%) would prefer a 1% Adult Social Care Precept.

785 (40%) respondents would prefer no increase to Adult Social Care Precept in 2021/22.

*2% is the maximum amount the council can raise Council Tax in 2021/22 without holding a local referendum. This limit is set by government. The 2% limit was announced in the Spending Review 2020 on 25 November. - after the consultation go live date of 16 November. Respondents were able to choose a Council Tax increase of up to 3% before the spending review and up to 2% after the spending review.

** The council is allowed to add a Social Care Precept of up to 3% to Council Tax in 2021/22. This is in addition to the permitted increase of up to 2% for core Council Tax.. Respondents were able to choose a Social Care Precept of up to 2% before the spending review and up to 3% after the spending review.

We did

The decision will be taken at Full Council on 23 February 2021.

We asked

We sought feedback from the local community and stakeholder groups on the Bristol Avon Flood Strategy.  We received 576 responses to the consultation which took place between 5 October 2020 and 20 December 2020.

The first three weeks of the consultation were dedicated to contacting those who are currently at risk of flooding - this was done directly via mail so that they had an early opportunity to comment and organise to speak to us if they wished to.  This included both businesses and residents who received an information booklet and survey and a covering letter offering conversations.  This included those impacted further downstream and upstream in neighbouring authorities.  The consultation was then opened up more widely from 26 October 2020.

The focus of both parts of the consultation was to secure responses from those in areas most impacted.  Whilst views from across the city and from neighbouring authorities were welcome, promotion was specifically targeted at the areas most impacted.

You said

Please read the following documents providing the public feedback to the consultation:

Bristol Avon Flood Strategy consultation report

SEA consultation report

We did

Please read the document below providing our response to the public feedback:

You Said, We Did - Consultation responses and outcomes

A decision will be reached at Cabinet on 9 March 2021.

We asked

Between August and September 2020, The Your City Our Future survey asked what you liked and disliked about living in Bristol before COVID-19, about your experiences during the first lockdown, and what you wanted Bristol to be like in the future. The  survey was the start of the Your City, Our Future process to involve residents in shaping Bristol's future.

We received a fantastic 6,535 responses to the survey  and this has provided a wealth of valuable views and ideas which are already helping the council’s plans and which have helped us design Bristol’s first citizens’ assembly.

The citizens’ assembly brings together randomly selected group of people who broadly reflect the diverse communities of Bristol. Over four weekends in January to March the group will hear evidence from a range of speakers and then discuss in depth and make recommendations on how to recover from COVID-19 and build a better future for all in Bristol.

You can keep up to date with the citizens’ assembly here.

You said

The 6,535 responses has provided some clear messages about things you think are important to make Bristol better.

You can read the survey results report here.

We did

We have shared the survey results across the council and partner organisations. And we have used your feedback to help choose topics for the citizens’ assembly to consider in detail before making recommendations in early March 2021. 

The three topics are:

  • The environment and climate change - How do we rapidly reduce the impact of our homes on climate change?
  • Transport - What changes should we make to our neighbourhoods to make how we travel easier, healthier and better for the environment?
  • Health and social care - How should we tackle health inequalities in Bristol?

These recommendations will be presented to:

  • The One City Economy Board and will inform the city’s recovery strategy
  • Bristol City Council’s Cabinet and will be a key input in shaping our future strategy and actions.

We asked

We sought feedback from the local community on initial ideas for improving the River Malago and the green, and improving travel around and through the area with better routes for public transport, walking and cycling. We also proposed changes to parking in the area with a new decked car park proposed on the site of the current Little Paradise Car Park.

You said

We did

Please read the  documents above providing the public feedback and our response based on it.

We asked

Background and Overview

It is the responsibility of all Admission Authorities to set admission arrangements which adhere to regulations set by the Department for Education’s (DfE) School Admissions Code (2014) ensuring a clear and fair access protocol is in place for all school applications.

Admission arrangements are set by Bristol City Council for all Community and Controlled schools.  Other schools are responsible for setting their own arrangements. This includes all secondary schools as well as many primary schools.

Decision Details

Minor alterations were made to the wording from the 2020/2021 arrangements, changing dates for the admissions process to suit the relevant academic year.  The key principles however, including the order of the oversubscription criteria remain unchanged from previous years.

Bristol City Council’s annual duty to set admission arrangements also includes determining the number of children to be admitted into the reception year for Community and Controlled schools.  In order to comply with the School Admissions Code these arrangements need to be formally agreed by 28th February in the year prior to admission year.  Once the admission number is set schools cannot admit fewer children (assuming there are sufficient applications) but can admit more children. 

Demand for reception places has been reducing and some schools are experiencing difficulty with the number of children starting where infant class size regulations require multiple classes but these classes have a significant number of spaces.  For example, a school with a PAN of 60 will plan for 2 classes.  35 children start, leaving 25 spare places.  Pressure on school finances means that this is unsustainable.

Therefore a further proposal was to reduce the Published Admission Number (PAN) at some maintained primary schools.

The following schools requested a reduction to their PAN:

  • Nova Primary school – PAN reduced from 60 to 30
  • Summerhill Infant School – PAN reduced from 90 to 60

You said

Public Consultation

A public consultation was open from 6th December 2019 through to 31th January 2020.  During this consultation the proposed admission arrangements and co-ordinated schemes for entry into Reception and Year 7 for the 2021/2022 cohorts as well as for in year applications and the proposed reductions in PAN were put online, allowing persons of interest including; school staff, governors and parents/carers to submit comments and feedback.

The consultation was hosted on the BCC Citizen Space consultation page and promoted via contact with all Bristol nursery, primary and secondary schools, relevant academy trusts as well as on the BCC admissions webpage and Ask Bristol e-bulletin.  The consultation was targeted to schools and parents/carers as well as other relevant and interested parties.

We received seven responses.

There were no objections to the proposed admission arrangements and co-ordinated scheme for 2021/22.

Feedback was supportive of reducing PAN at Nova Primary School.

We received responses to Summerhill Infants PAN reduction with concerns about how this could impact the funding the school receives.  That staff will lose their jobs and would the LA support these staff members find jobs elsewhere?

Questions were also raised about how local primary schools had opened or expanded, such as Whitehall primary, to the detriment of Summerhill.   

We also received comments regarding how the falling primary school population could be managed by directing schools to set their PAN in order for all schools to stand the best chance of reaching capacity.  Hence some school’s reducing their PAN to support other schools and provide them with a better chance of survival.

  A response from Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council is proposing the decrease in PAN at both schools following conversations with senior staff and school governors in response to falling pupil numbers for primary age children across the city. With applications for the schools looking to be around one form of entry under PAN, the schools have to consider the impact this will have upon the way they structure their classes and organise staff.  Fewer pupils has a direct impact upon the amount of funding the school receives.  If schools are operating under capacity they are likely to face a cost deficit with funds needed for other recourses, including staff.  This is inefficient and unsustainable for a school.  Furthermore, it makes it difficult for them to maintain the high standards of education and wellbeing for the children.

As the proposed changes are not due to take effect until the 2021 academic year, this allows the school and staff time to make plans for the future.  The schools and their governors are responsible for the decision making process regarding staff. The LA would support the school through this process.

With regards to expansion at Whitehall, this was planned and implemented while demand for primary school places was still rising. The school is also very popular with local parents.   One of the key objectives for the LA is to meet parental preference. The school has remained heavily oversubscribed despite the increased places and falling pupil numbers in this part of the city.

The LA has a co-operative relationship will all maintained Bristol schools and we are working collaboratively with schools across the city to manage PANs in order to best meet forecasted demand.

We did

The Decisions Taken


After reviewing the options available and considering the information at our disposal, the decisions taken have been:

  • To proceed with the proposed admission arrangements and co-ordinated schemes for primary and secondary schools 2021/2022.
  • To proceed with the proposal to reduce the pupil admission number at the following schools:
  • Nova Primary School - from 60 to 30
  • Summerhill Infant School - from 120 to 90