From Bristol City Council – see Wednesday’s Evening Post for a more detailed look at today’s meeting
Bristol City Council has elected its Lord Mayor and Leader of the
Council at the annual meeting of the Full Council held this afternoon.
Cllr Geoff Gollop has succeeded Cllr Colin Smith as Lord Mayor for the
year ahead, and Cllr Barbara Janke was elected Leader of the Council.
Cllr Smith was elected to continue as Deputy Lord Mayor.
Cllr Gollop has selected two themes for the year ahead: the importance
of neighbourhood and community groups, and the importance of business in
The Lord Mayor’s year can be followed on twitter (@BrisLordMayor) and
his Blog (BristolLordMayor.wordpress.com), also images through
In the Leader’s statement Cllr Janke said that her administration
would govern as a minority party, and urged all parties to work
Cllr Janke said: “We will continue to put Bristol first, keep taxes
low and back a green and prosperous city. There are extreme challenges
to face but we will continue to protect frontline services as much as we
“I am determined that all parties work together, putting the
interests of the city first, and show the clear leadership that is
needed at this time.”
Cllr Janke outlined a number of issues that were agreed by all parties.
This included halting all disposals under the Green Spaces Strategy and
setting up a cross-party working group to look again at the strategy.
All the parties also agreed that Ashton Vale Town Green application
will be decided within one month and that a cross-party working would be
set up to consider the transport interchange at Temple Meads, Rapid
Transport schemes, possible tram system and rail options. Terms of
reference would be agreed by members.