Bristol City Council proposes major funding cuts to local services in order to try and close its significant budget gap.
The Council says this stems from financial pressure driven by central government funding reductions, a growing population, an increasing demand for services and increasing costs of goods and services.
You are invited to take part in consultations on proposed cuts to five areas of local services:
- reducing the number of city libraries to 10 whilst adding enhanced out-of-hours access to many remaining libraries
- closing street toilets and investing in a new community toilet scheme to expand availability
- removing around half of the city’s school crossing patrols (unless community, school or externally funded options emerge)
- changing the current Neighbourhood Partnership model to a local grant system with less frequent community meetings
- making detailed changes to the way a suite of services (Bristol Community Links) for adults with learning disabilities and dementia operate.
The consultations – tagged ‘Your Neighbourhood’ – are aimed at identifying the best practical options for those services, and at encouraging more people to get involved with their neighbourhood and at reducing dependency on council-funded services.
How the consultations work
To make it as easy as possible for people to comment on the proposals, the Council have grouped them together so that people can understand the combined effects in their area and across Bristol. There is also an interactive map to help people judge and comment on the effects of the different options they can choose from. Please follow the link below.
The consultations are open now via our website and run until Tuesday 5 September. Anyone with a disability or particular access needs can request alternative formats by contacting the Consultation Team.