Mayor's stand will help city progress
MAYOR George Ferguson's stand on planning is a refreshing one. In the case of the redevelopment of Ashton Gate he wants the scheme to go through as smoothly as possible.
He can clearly see that it is crucial for the club to move forward and create a stadium for the 21st century. And he recognises that it will help Bristol to progress as well.
If that is an illustration of how he intends to help developments in the city then it is very good news.
Because for too long Bristol has had a reputation as a place where getting something done or built is an uphill struggle. Helping schemes through does not mean people cannot challenge development, nor that councillors should not be involved in the decision making process.
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But it will ensure that someone is oiling the wheels to benefit Bristol as a whole, someone who is willing to see the bigger picture.
Before he became mayor Mr Ferguson did not always do that.
But now in office he seems to be taking a different view and we should all welcome that.
That may sometimes put him in conflict with city councillors.
But better that than the negativity and inertia that has for so long characterised decision-making in Bristol.