Jon Rogers reveals manifesto: "Private schools must make sports facilities available to state schools"
THE Liberal Democrat councillor aiming to be Bristol’s first elected mayor has released his manifesto, pledging to deal with four key areas.
Cllr Jon Rogers, a GP in the city for the past 30 years, has broken down his manifesto into the following four headings; working, moving (transport), living and listening.
He said: “I’m optimistic about Bristol’s future and by concentrating on these four crucial areas, I believe we can make Bristol an even better place to live.”
Under the heading of working, Mr Rogers says he will create more apprenticeships, create special business rates for new businesses to help create jobs in areas where they are needed the most, and protect Bristol Port by opposing the Severn Barrage.
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He also says he would freeze council tax for a third year, following on from playing his part in two consecutive years of freezing them as part of the ruling Lib Dem cabinet on Bristol City Council.
On the thorny issue of transport, Mr Rogers says would create a transport for Bristol authority, similar to the one that oversees public transport in London.
He said: “This will allow me to get tough with transport companies that overcharge and to introduce much- needed reforms like smart cards and integrated timetables.”
In the area of “living”, Mr Rogers says protecting the city’s parks is crucial, but saves his boldest policies for the city’s historically under-fire school system.
He said: “I believe every child in Bristol should have a primary place available within walking distance of home. As mayor, I would expect Bristol’s private schools to make their excellent sporting facilities available for use by Bristol’s state schools.”
Cllr Rogers also pledged to fight for top-class stadiums for Bristol City and Bristol Rovers, and make a concert arena a priority.
Finally, he says he will appoint a council of volunteer advisers made up of people from different political parties but also from the worlds of work, education, the voluntary sector and different areas of Bristol.