Labour officially launched its manifesto at St Paul’s Community Sports Academy in Newfoundland Road yesterday.
Labour say the Lib Dems are not listening to what the public wants, and they will be punished at the ballot box because of it.
The party has seven main pledges it will be hitting the campaign trail with in the run-up to the elections on May 5.
They would bring back free swimming for the over 60s and scrap the 30 per cent increase in Meals on Wheels charges.
The party would set up a scholarship fund for bright but low income young people from Bristol who want to study at Bristol universities, and work on a new place allocation system for schoolchildren.
Recycling and waste collection would be “simplified” under a Labour administration and a new universal travel card introduced.
There are 24 of 70 seats up for grabs at Bristol City Council, which elects a third of councillors every year with a fourth “fallow year”.
The party stood down from power two years ago after a row over plans to build an incinerator.
But after a year of the coalition government and a number of controversial local Lib Dem policies, Labour has an opportunity to gain seats on the authority.
Currently the party holds nine of the 24 seats, the Conservatives have three and the Lib Dems the remaining 12.
Group leader Helen Holland – whose Whitchurch Park seat is up for grabs – introduced the manifesto at the launch event.
She said: “Every election is important but we feel this is a really important one.
“It’s the first widespread test of public opinion since the General Election.
“What we’re hearing from people who voted Lib Dem is ‘we didn’t vote for this’.
“If you want to see how much the Lib Dems aren’t listening, you have to look no further than the green spaces debate this week.
“People don’t want a letter, they want to know their green spaces are in the hands of local communities.
“We’re going to make them pay in May. Let’s go out and change the face of Bristol.”
The party has launched a new website to promote its campaign – www.labourbristol.org – featuring video footage of its candidates.
Deputy party leader Mark Bradshaw said: “The council should be the servant of the city, not the other way round.
“We’ve got a great field of candidates that are committed to working hard.”
Labour’s seven election pledges
1.Stop the sell off of Bristol’s parks
– Immediately halt the city council’s plans to sell more than 40 green spaces and allow residents to make final decisions.
2.Create fairer school places
– Replace the existing school place allocation system and develop a new one by working with parents, schools and residents.
3.Improve public transport
– Introduce a universal travel card and campaign for an Integrated Transport Authority.
4.Keep neighbourhoods safe
– Reverse council funding cut to Police Community Support Officers and reinstate ‘Bobby vans’.
5.Make Bristol greener
– Simplify rubbish and recycling collections schemes and phase out plastic bags with local traders.
6.Funding for higher education
– Provide scholarships to young people from modest backgrounds to attend local universities.
7.Support for pensioners
– Bring back free swimming for over 60s and reverse the 30 per cent increase in Meals on Wheels.
For the full manifesto, click here