George unveils his seven-point vision
ARCHITECT George Ferguson, who is hoping to become Bristol's first elected mayor, has revealed his seven-point vision for the city.
Mr Ferguson, 65, who is standing as an Independent and is one of the favourites to win, said his only purpose was to make Bristol "a better city for all".
He said: "We may live in the best city in Britain, but it has been held back by politics and party bickering.
"As your independent mayor I promise to put Bristol first and to champion it across the world.
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"I will work with you to regenerate the pride in Bristol and its people that has been undermined by years of political squabbling."
The seven points:
â Getting Bristol Moving: setting up an Integrated Transport Authority to sort out the Bristol region's transport issues and bring rail, tram and bus alternatives to the city instead of the "flawed" bendybus system.
He wants to make the city centre inspiring and promises to revoke Sunday parking charges which he describes as "designed to annoy and frustrate while producing minimal benefits".
â Get Bristol Working: Mr Ferguson promises to work with the council and colleges to increase the training opportunities for young people.
He wants to work with the city's universities and industry to create jobs and foster economic growth.
He also wants Bristol to become a world leader in low carbon technology and clean renewable energy.
On education, he says: "I will not rest until the deficit of primary school places across Bristol is solved."
â A Caring Bristol: this includes prioritising community day care for the elderly and building more affordable homes.
He promises to work towards a cleaner and greener city, encouraging local food production and protecting the greenbelt.
"I will ensure all our children have inspiring places to play with equal opportunity of access to quality play space," he says.
â A Democratic Bristol: Mr Ferguson promises to change "the fortress culture" of the Council House on College Green and change its name to "City Hall".
He would appoint a Deputy Mayor and a cross-party cabinet of five assistant mayors.
He would also replace the Chief Executive with a Chief Operating Officer who had practical and relevant business experience.
He would appoint two Youth Mayors and devolve more power to local communities.
â Making Bristol Great: Mr Ferguson promises to champion Bristol across the world.
He wants the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge to win World Heritage status.
â A Vibrant Bristol: This includes an arena and developing sport and recreational facilities.
He wants schools to be used more by local communities and wants to encourage arts and cultural events.
He says: "I will use my experience to create great public spaces in the city.
â A Safer Bristol: he would prioritise making our streets safer for everyone including children walking to school.
He wants to work with youth organisations to provide young people with new opportunities and reduce antisocial behaviour, crime and drug abuse.