Geoff Gollop launches manifesto: "No gimmicks, just common sense"
TORY candidate Geoff Gollop has promised to deliver on his election pledges within a year of taking office if he becomes Bristol’s first elected mayor.
In his manifesto published today he says he offers “no gimmicks, no spin, just a common sense approach to Bristol’s challenges”.
But he says: “One year from polling day – on November 15, 2013, if I am elected as mayor, I will proudly stand up and declare that every idea in my ‘change’ document has been transformed into action.
“Bristol will have its own Oyster-style card and a clear public transport plan.
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“The development of the Bristol Metro will be underway using the existing railway lines to link up Bristol and the Portishead line will be nearer to becoming a reality.”
He promises to make long-term forecasts on school numbers so families can have school places in their own communities to end the annual crisis for pupil placements in schools.
Mr Gollop says: “I will work with the voluntary and community sectors and the business community to use the best expertise in the city to strengthen our care for the elderly and those most in need.
“In particular, I will ensure the tendering process is changed to support and encourage small local organisations who give so much to our community.
“I will have carried out a review of the council’s property and land and work with local social housing providers to identify sites that can be developed to provide desperately needed affordable housing in the city.”
He adds: “Most of all, Bristol needs to work with the business community to help create new jobs that will provide opportunities for those without work.
“The Mayor needs to promote the city to Bristolians and people further afield promoting the city as ‘open for business’.
“As a chartered accountant and local councillor for 11 years, I am ideally placed to use my skills and knowledge to move Bristol forward.”
He concludes: “The time for talking is over... It is actions which will transform this city.”
Mr Gollop is a ward councillor for Westbury-on-Trym and runs his own accountancy practice which advises owner-managed businesses.