We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We Asked

Bristol City Council is responsible for the funding and management of Public Health in Bristol. The Public Health funding given to local authorities by central government has reduced by an estimated £700m in recent years. Bristol Public Health has reduced its spending by 17.5% since 2015. Bristol City Council needs to make an additional £2m in savings over the next two years because of reduced funding from central government.

This consultation set out proposals to make these savings through a combination of decommissioning and changing services. The services affected will be:

  • Alcohol Brief Advice
  • Children’s Weight Management Services
  • Adults’ Weight Management Services
  • NHS Health Checks Service
  • Stop Smoking Services
  • Substance Misuse Services (Shared Care)
  • Sexual Health Services, including Chlamydia Screening

You Said

303 people and partners responded to the consultation.

Responses to the consultation are summarised in the Consultation Summary and Recommendations Report.

We Did

Our recommendations of changes to proposals due to the consultation response are summarised in the Consultation Summary and Recommendations Report.

This will be presented at the July Cabinet meeting.

We Asked

The council is keeping libraries open while it works with Bristol redisents to find solutions for the library service so it meets the needs of each local area. We want to build a library service that everybody can enjoy.

You Said

We held 12 public meetings and met over 300 people and have published all the ideas and suggestions here. The ideas list is searchable for theme or site.

 

We Did

We are now working with each individual library through the Friends or Community Groups to talk through the priorities.

We Asked

Bristol City Council is responsible for setting the school term and holiday dates for all Community and Voluntary Controlled (VC) schools in the city. The dates were the subject of a consultation running from 28 February 2019 to 18 April 2019.

You Said

The consultation received 25 responses. Feedback has come from various interested groups including parents, staff and governors from Bristol schools and universities. 

The feedback to the proposed dates has been generally positive and the length of the terms appears to be viewed as well balanced and evenly distributed.

Some criticisms of the proposed dates are summarised below:

  • Term dates one and two are too long, particularly for young children. Learning during these terms is negatively affected by pupil absences from tiredness and bad health
  • Term six ending with a three day week may result in poor school attendance 
  • All school holidays should be shorter, especially for Easter and the summer
  • Some councils have tested shortening the summer break, extending holiday days elsewhere
  • The structure for how the school terms are organised should be reviewed and modernised due to the high costs charged by holiday companies in August
  • Holiday dates should be staggered elsewhere in the country, making holidays more affordable, reducing the number of parents taking unauthorised absence
  • A six week summer is too long and it is difficult and expensive for working parents who have to find childcare alternatives

School holiday dates should be co-ordinated nationwide so that children with family and friends in other parts of the UK can see one another and not be affected by school absence

We Did

The dates below for the school term and holidays for the 2020/2021 academic school year have been agreed.

Term 1: Tuesday 1 September 2020 to Friday 23 October 2020 (39 School Days)

Term 2: Monday 2 November 2020 to Friday 18 December 2020 (35 School Days)

Term 3: Monday 4 January 2021 to Friday 12 February 2021 (30 School Days)

Term 4: Monday 22 February 2021 to Thursday 1 April 2021 (29 School Days)

Term 5: Monday 19 April 2021 to Friday 28 May 2021 (29 School Days)

Term 6: Monday 7 June 2021 to Wednesday 21 July 2021 (33 School Days)

Total 195 School Days*

*In the school year 2020/21 pupils must attend for 190 days. School may decide which 5 days in the school year are INSET or non-contact days (days when pupils do not attend).

The full report for this consultation can be accessed here.

We Asked

We consulted on plans to improve congestion and improve public transport reliability on the A4018. The consultation ran from 4 February and 17 March 2019.

You Said

The consultation received 2726 responses.

A full report summarising the response to this consultation has been published as part of the papers for the June 2019 Cabinet meeting.

We Did

Following the public consultation, the A4018 scheme has been revised.

You can read the summary of the recommended changes to the scheme which will be presented to the June Cabinet meeting here.

We Asked

We ran a consultation to gather people’s views on whether they would like to see an increase to the current opening hours for Central Library. They were given two options for how increased opening hours could look, an option to keep the opening hours pattern the same, or to suggest their own hours.

Central Library was closed on a Wednesday.

The new proposals were a result of feedback from customers and from the 2017 Libraries consultation. It was part of the work being done to improve and futureproof the service following the decision to retain all 27 libraries.

You Said

We received 951 responses to this consultation.

The results were as follows:

  • 7.3% of respondents preferred Option A
  • 42.4% of respondents preferred Option B 
  • 46.1% of respondents preferred Option C
  • 3.8% of respondents suggested an alternative pattern of opening hours.

We Did

Option C was the most popular and we will be implementing these new hours from late May 2019. We will issue a press release for the exact day two weeks beforehand and will also update the website and opening hours signs at the library.

We shall be opening the Central Library on the following pattern from late May this year:

Option C -   52.5 hours

Monday

  9.30am - 5pm

Tuesday

  9.30am - 7pm

Wednesday

  9.30am - 5pm

Thursday

  9.30am - 7pm

Friday

  9.30am - 5pm

Saturday

  10am - 5pm

Sunday

  1pm - 5pm

We Asked

Bristol’s inclusive and sustainable economic growth strategy is focused on productivity-driven growth, together with the fair distribution of economic contributions and benefits. It also takes as a guiding principle that economic growth should not come at the expense of environmental and health standards. Accordingly, this strategy concerns itself with economic, social and environmental outcomes.
 
This Action Plan has been co-produced with a wide range of agencies and organisations across the city, but it will still benefit from further consultation to garner greater engagement and agreement. The aim is for the action plan to provide the framework for delivering the Strategy.

This Action Plan should serve as the starting point for developing and influencing a wide range of projects across Bristol City Council, the City Office and key delivery partners to guide a more focused and collaborative approach to inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

We consulted on the themes, priorities, and actions in this Action Plan.

You Said

We received 22 responses to the Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth Action Plan consultation.

We asked for comments on the proposed actions to deliver the Inclusive & Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy. You told us that many of the proposed actions were low priority. Due to this, we will focus on the actions identified as higher priority.

We asked for your views on the ways we will measure successful delivery. You told us that many of the metrics were unnecessary. Due to this, we have produced a more concise sets of metrics and will use them to report progress each year.

We Did

As a result of the online consultation and discussions with key stakeholders across the city, the action plan and associated metrics have been rationalised. There are now a set of 83 actions, across three timescales – short (to 2020), medium (to 2028) and long (to 2040) – and seven key metrics that will be used to report on the effectiveness of the action plan in delivering the strategic objectives. A full report on the consultation, together with the revised action plan and metrics, will be presented to Cabinet this summer.

We Asked

The proposals for an informal crossing point were included in the planning application documents. In terms of the consultations carried out on the original consent there was a site and press notice and 63 neighbours consulted; all the plans were available to view online.

There was an informal consultation from 7 December 2018 to 11 January 2019.

You can read further details in the Frequently Asked Questions and Way Forward document.

In addition to the informal consultation, we carried out a technical study and pedestrian count.

You Said

There were 67 separate comments on the proposals with 61 objections, 5 in favour and 1 neutral.

We Did

Bearing in mind the level of objection in mind, it is proposed that the design is revisited. The new proposals will be submitted as a variation to the original condition on the planning application and officers will ensure that affected frontagers are consulted as part of this process.

You can read further details in the Frequently Asked Questions and Way Forward document.

We Asked

The proposals for waiting restrictions (double yellow lines etc.) at junctions, resident driveways and school access points to prevent obstructive parking and to provide informal crossing places for pedestrians were consulted on between 7 December 2018 and 4 January 2019.

You Said

Bristol City Council received overwhelming support for the scheme improvements and there have been a number of additional requests for double yellow lines across driveways.

We Did

We have now drawn up a waiting restriction scheme which in order to install, will need to go through a Statutory Consultation process for the Traffic Regulation Order required.  This is a sometimes lengthy legal process which will involve placing a Notice of Intent in the local press and posting Notices on site to advertise the proposals.  Depending on the nature and level of objections and support for the scheme, the Director: Management of Place, Bristol City Council will decide if it is appropriate to pursue the scheme.  The proposed highway works will be progressed separately and should be installed by the end of the year.

We Asked

Bristol City Council is proposing to introduce an additional licensing scheme to 12 central wards in Bristol subject to Cabinet endorsement.

This consultation asked about a revised fee structure for this scheme. You can see the full consultation details here.

You Said

We received 257 responses to this consultation, the results of which are available in the consultation report.

We Did

The licensing scheme was approved by Cabinet on 2 April 2019. The scheme goes live on 8 July 2019.

Further information on property licences

We Asked

The consultation on the Council’s 2019/20 budget was open for six weeks from 5 November 2018 until 17 December 2018. Individual responses were received via the survey and face-to-face interviews, 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 4,644 responses to the Budget consultation 2019/20, the results of which are available in the Budget 2019/20 consultation report.

4,521 (97%) of the 4,644 respondents stated the level Council Tax increase they would support in 2019/20, from the five options provided:

  • The option which received most support (40% of respondents) was a 4% increase in Council Tax. 
  • The option with the second highest level of support (25%) was ‘no increase to Council Tax’.
  • 17% would prefer a Council Tax increase of 3%. 
  • 10% of respondents would support a 2% increase
  • 8% would prefer a 1% increase.

We Did

The consultation feedback was taken into consideration in developing final recommendations for the council’s budget which were put to Full Council on 26 February 2019. Full Council agreed the council’s budget for 2018/19.

Council Tax will rise by 3.99%, which includes 1% to support Adult Social Care.

The approved General Fund net revenue budget for the year 2019/20 totals £376.3m.

The approved capital budget for the years 2019/20 - 2023/24, totals £856.8 m.

The approved Schools budget totals £356.9m for 2019/20, which will be funded by the Dedicated Schools Grant.

Further details are available on the Full Council meeting page.

We Asked

The commissioning intentions were laid out to the providers and public and as a part of the consultation five questions were asked within it. An open question was asked to allow for an opportunity to demonstrate and concern or agreement that may not have previously been captured. The consultation focused on collecting feedback on these questions. Feedback was analysed using the following methods.


1. Consultation questionnaire – the questionnaire asked for peoples comments’ on the questions within the strategy. To view the consultation questionnaire, see Appendix A.
2. Consultation events- the events asked for people’s responses to the consultation questions.
3. Emails from providers who have expressed an interest in tendering for this provision
4. 1:1 Interviews and Group sessions with people of lived experience of advocacy

You Said

We received 65 responses to the consultation survey, the results of which are available in the Advocacy and Healthwatch Commissioning consultation report.

We Did

Stage 1
We will publish the final Advocacy and HealthWatch Commissioning plan after Cabinet in February. This will set out the new model for commissioning services.
 

Stage 2
We plan to launch the formal tender process. It is envisaged this will be in Quarter 1 2019.

We Asked

The draft Bristol Transport Strategy went out to public consultation in the Autumn of 2018. The consultation consisted of a number of engagement measures, which included:

  • A questionnaire;
  • An online simulator tool to identify transport priorities;
  • A video and social media content;
  • Questions within the Citizens Panel survey;
  • Engagement with community groups across the city;
  • Presentations at events and forums across the city;
  • An easy read and audio version made available;
  • Materials distributed to libraries across the city.

You Said

In total, 3,189 responses were received and over 5,000 individual comments were analysed. The vast majority of respondents strongly agreed or agreed with the objectives and the approaches of the draft strategy, therefore these will remain in the final draft.

The draft Bristol Transport Strategy sets out approaches that seek to invest in sustainable transport modes and includes transformative measures such as mass transit and the consultation has shown that this approach is widely supported by the public.

We wanted to explore the public’s view on how we seek to fund the measures set out in the draft Bristol Transport Strategy and there appears to be support for road user charging and workplace parking levy, subject to the details of such schemes, which would need to be identified in future studies. Increasing council tax or business rates to fund transport schemes are not well supported and we will reflect this in the final edit.

We Did

We have created a report outlining the approach to consultation and the responses received. We are now preparing to take this report, along with the suggested edits to the draft Bristol Transport Strategy as a result of the comments received, up the decision pathway to Cabinet in July 2019 with a view to publish the final Bristol Transport Strategy in the summer.

We Asked

As part of the Safer Routes to Schools schemes, a zebra crossing and raised table was proposed on Bamfield located on a route to and from Perry Court E-Act Academy. 

You Said

The result of the consultation were on the whole positive for the proposed Zebra Crossing and speed table on Bamfield.

We Did

The proposal has been passed to the Traffic Regulation Order team for the legal process where there will be a formal consultation process.

We Asked

As part of the ‘Safer Routes to Schools’ schemes, a Zebra Crossing and raised table was proposed on Novers Lane. This was proposed for a location on a route to and from Greenfield E-Act Academy. 

You Said

The result of the consultation were on the whole positive for the proposed Zebra Crossing on Novers Lane.

We Did

The proposal has been passed to the Traffic Regulation Order team for the legal process where there will be a formal consultation process.’

We Asked

We had a 4 week public consultation period on the Publication Version of the Urban Living Supplementary Planning Document and the Consultation Statement prior to being adopted by the Cabinet in late Autumn 2018.

The consultation opened on the 28th August, with a Bristol City Council press release on the 3rd September 2018 publicising the 4-week consultation inviting views on the revised document until 25th September.

You Said

Please read the updated Consultation Statement document which reports on the consultation response.

We Did

We Asked

The 20mph review went out to public consultation in the summer of 2018. The council carried out an online and paper version of the survey which sought views on how the 20mph speed limit operates in practice. The aim of the 20mph review was to identify whether any localised adjustments were needed to the 20mph speed limit across the city in order to improve its effectiveness.

You Said

In total, 3341 online responses and 50 paper surveys were received. In response to the consultation questions, 95% agreed with 20mph limits operating by schools, 74% agreed with limits operating on residential roads and 44% on main roads. Participants also stated speed preferences for specific roads in each ward and added comments on other roads not specified in the consultation. When commenting on individual roads the majority of feedback indicated a preference to not make any changes.

Stakeholders including the police, Bristol Cycling Campaign, First Group, Road Peace and schools also overwhelmingly backed the retention of the 20mph limit.

We Did

We have created two reports which are both available on: https://www.bristol20mph.co.uk/find-out-more/research-and-monitoring. One provides a summary of the consultation responses and the other outlines the approach to the consultation and decisions agreed.

Of the 90 roads reviewed, just 17 were earmarked for further investigation based on the information collated. Only five of those had speed data where a change in limit could be considered. However, the majority of support was for no change on these five roads, while another four roads required no action due to low speeds. A further eight roads with slightly higher speeds have been earmarked for additional measures. These include additional lineage, signs and community-led initiatives such as Community Speed Watch, which will be rolled out over the next year.

We Asked

We proposed an improved approach to rough sleeping encampments in light of the growing number of encampments in the city.

You Said

545 responses were received to the Rough Sleeping Encampments consultation via the online and paper-based surveys, including alternative formats and face-to-face interviews.

Of the 545 people who responded to the Rough Sleeping Encampments consultation, 309 (58%) agreed or strongly agreed, 18% neither agreed nor disagreed, with 24% disagreeing or strongly disagreeing that the draft policy balances the needs of people sleeping rough in encampments with the needs of other members of the community. 214 (39%) respondents made comments or suggestions about the draft policy on rough Sleeping Encampments.

We Did

We made key changes to the policy including:

  • Tightening of the language used in the policy to ensure that the policy balances the needs of all communities
  • Inclusion of more explanation and definitions of terms
  • Policy aims have been revised and clarified in line with consultation responses

The policy will be going to Cabinet for approval later in the year.

We Asked

We asked about our proposals for the following elements of short breaks for disabled children:

  • Targeted Short Breaks
  • Options for a Personal Assistant sourcing support service
  • Widening eligibility for short breaks to include children who have ADHD with complex needs
  • Reducing the short breaks transport fund to be a hardship fund for those in greatest need

You Said

You said that there is a lack of information and awareness about targeted short breaks.

Services were not fairly distributed through the city. Transport is a big issue for a lot of families who struggle or find it impossible to use public transport.

A range of feedback on specific proposals

We Did

We listened to your feedback and included it in the final commissioning plan which was approved by Cabinet on the 2nd October 2018. This included a smaller reduction to the Short Breaks transport scheme than was originally proposed.

The link to the final commissioning plan, which was approved by Cabinet is here and the consultation report itself here.

We Asked

The Council adopted legislation in 2012 which gave it the ability to control and regulate Sex Establishments. A policy was developed at that time and the Council reviewed it through this consultation.

The questionnaire will be used to inform the draft policy, and a further consultation on the draft policy will take place later in the year.

This questionnaire was focused on all types of sex establishments, and a description of each type was included in the further information section at the start of the questionnaire.

You Said

The questionnaire received over 1,400 responses which will be used to further inform the Sex Establishment Policy.

We Did

The draft policy will be available for further consultation in due course, and the full results will also be available at this time.

We Asked

The consultation on the council’s proposal to introduce a new HMO licensing scheme in 12 central wards of Bristol was open for 12 weeks from 19 February 2018 until 13 May 2018. This consultation is now closed.

The consultation sought feedback from the public (including tenants, landlords and other citizens) on the licensing proposals, including the cost of a licence and various discounts, and asked for information about respondents’ experiences of renting or living near Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

You can see the consultation information booklet and map through the links below:

Information Booklet

Map

You Said

We received nearly 2,750 responses to the consultation survey, the results of which are available in the Consultation on proposal for an additional licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation 2018 report.

We Did

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