Bristol Citizens' Assembly

Assembly Update 24 February 2021

This weekend sees the third and penultimate sessions of the assembly. The assembly has been discussing and preparing to respond to the important question ‘How do we recover from COVID-19 and create a better future for all in Bristol?’.

The topics of discussion are:

  • Climate change and housing  - 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?

Participants from the 3 groups will be focusing on putting together recommendations responding to these questions. These will be taken forward to the final weekend when the 60 participants will come together for the last sessions to reflect and vote on the assembly’s concluding recommendations.
 

Your City, Our Future – Bristol Citizens’ Assembly

COVID-19 has caused great disruption to our lives and livelihoods. As the city recovers we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to think about what kind of future we want for Bristol.
 

Earlier this year we asked you what you liked and disliked about living in Bristol before lockdown, about your experiences during lockdown, and what you wanted Bristol to be like in the future.

That survey was the start of the Your City, Our Future process to involve residents in shaping Bristol's future. We now have a clearer picture of the kind of future citizens want us to aim for.

We received a fantastic 6,535 responses to the survey and this has provided a wealth of valuable views and ideas which can be discussed by the citizens’ assembly. You can read the survey results report here.

The next stage in the process is Bristol’s first citizens’ assembly.

Assembly sessions

Bristol’s first citizen’s assembly, where a group of residents are helping to shape the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, started on Saturday 16 January and Sunday 17 January. This first weekend introduced the assembly to the deliberative democracy process and how citizens’ assemblies work.

The speaker presentations from the sessions are available to watch here.

The feedback from the first assembly session has been very positive. Through my work I have seen the success of “public dialogue". The richness of the data, the caring and knowledgeable advice citizens’ deliver help create truly sustainable policy for the long term,"

Alison Crowther, assembly facilitator

 

The second weekend saw the assembly split into three smaller groups of 20 people each considering either climate change and housing, transport or health inequalities. 33 speakers delivered panel presentations to provide participants with data to inform deliberations.

Assembly session dates are:

  • 16-17 January
  • 6-7 February
  • 27-28 February
  • 6-7 March