HIGHLIGHTS: We put your questions to Bristol mayor George Ferguson
At lunchtime today Bristol mayor George Ferguson spent half an hour answering your questions in a live webcast.
We compiled the questions that you have been sending in and put as many as possible to Mr Ferguson during the half hour #askGeorge session, which was streamed live in ThisisBristol.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEBCAST
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George on the arena:
Mr Ferguson said we are four years away from having a multi-purpose arena.
He said: “It will take at least a year when we get in to a situation when know the design.”
He added the stadium would be “primarily for music but good for sports as well”.
On Sainsbury's at the site of Bristol Rovers' stadium:
Mr Ferguson said: "Supermarkets are a curse to cities in many ways.
"They contribute to the blanding of our cities."
He said he hoped the money from the section 106 agreement as part of the plans would help towards traders on Gloucester Road.
"I will work closely with Sainsbury's to encourage their visitors to use Gloucester Road," he said.
"But I am not the person who takes individual planning decisions."
He said he wants to “get to the bottom” of why fares are so expensive in Bristol.
He added: “It’s not good for First that they are seen as the enemy instead of our friends.”
He added that the more he can build a “constructive” relationship with First the better.
He said he wants to work towards an integrated transport authority for Greater Bristol.
"I don't think we can do it on our own," he said.
On residents' parking:
Mr Ferguson said there must be a holistic approach - people must be driven onto buses, then bus fares can come down, which will help with residents' parking schemes.
"These measures have to be linked," he said.
On 20mph limits:
He said: “It’s really important that we have got a safer and greener city.”
He added that the 20mph limit in his area in Bedminster is “working well”.
He made examples of cities in Europe, saying: “We have to think what is going to make a civilised city.”
On switching off traffic lights:
Mr Ferguson said he wanted to speak to cyclists, pedestrians and public transport users - not just drivers.
"I'm not anti-car but I am pro-safety," he said.
He said: "What I want most of all is for Bristol to be as carbon free as possible."
“We are going to try car free Sundays in the city centre and that I hope will bring more cyclists.”
He added he hopes to start in the middle of June to coincide with the Big Green Week.
Mr Ferguson defended the reputation of Stokes Croft.
He said: “Stokes Croft is not a disgrace. It’s a very lovely area that’s not to everybody’s taste because street art is not to everybody’s taste.
“I think Stokes Croft has generated a wonderful local culture.”
He added that in the future he doesn’t believe it will be perceived the way it is perceived now.
On buildings "being left to rot":
He said: "There are a huge number of empty commercial buildings," and added that he wanted to look at options for using them to create more housing.
He added: "Let's get Westmoreland House sorted."
Rubbish collections and recycling:
"We have all got a responsibility for this," he said.
"Some people find recycling a nuisance, but I don't see it as a pain at all."
He said litter was an issue and "we need to get our heads around making the city a cleaner one".
Day centre closures:
He said he understood the stress caused by the closures for staff and the people using the centres.
The decision was made before he was elected as mayor.
"I never once during the election promised to reverse that decision," he said. "But I did ask for a full party review.
"I set up a four-person panel to look at the whole the question of residential and day care."
He said the panel came back saying the right decision had been made.
On budget cuts and jobs:
He said he can’t give “false reassurances” about jobs.
He added: “I believe in protecting the most vulnerable in the city and we have to find the most cost effective way of doing this.”
He said he was reviewing management jobs in the council “from the top down”.
He added he believed in a “zero base” budget not the “salami slicing” we have seen in the past.
“People are already noticing that Bristol is more open door,” he said.
He added he welcomes investment to the city, but, he said: “I mind about the quality of the investment.”
He called for attracting new companies who are willing to “invest and not exploit”.
Mr Ferguson hopes to answer any questions that were not asked during this #askGeorge session on his blog.
You can watch the webcast back again here: