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Bristol City Council to buy new office space

100 Temple Street Credit: Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council is to spend around £18 million to buy central Bristol office accommodation at 100 Temple Street near Temple Meads. Contracts have been exchanged with current owners Aviva Investors Property Trust.

The Council says the purchase is part of the on going programme to radically improve the way it works and save money. This includes:

Reduction in office space from 53,000sq m to at most 32,000sq m. This is a reduction of 40% of office area. The Mayor has asked officers to draw up plans for further reductions:

· Consolidation of central Bristol offices primarily into City Hall and 100 Temple Street

· Long term direct revenue savings of an estimated £40 million over the following 25 years.

· The plans include a refurbished City Hall on College Green, including new public facilities.

Mayor George Ferguson said:“It makes complete sense for the council to vastly reduce the number of offices it currently owns or leases across the city, and consolidate into a few core offices.

The location of 100 Temple Street is very strategic next to Temple Meads and the planned Metrobus interchange, as well as being right at the heart of our ambitious plans for Redcliffe and the whole Enterprise Zone area."

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Ferguson's budget approved

George Ferguson was elected as Bristol's first Mayor in November.
George Ferguson was elected as Bristol's first Mayor in November. Credit: Rod Minchin/PA Wire

George Ferguson's first budget as Bristol Mayor has been approved.

Councillors supported a £35 million cut in spending and council tax increase of just under 2%. The Mayor admitted his plan had shortcomings but blamed it, in part, on central Government.

Plans for a swimming pool in East Bristol and a recycling centre in the south of the city have been revived.

Holocaust Memorial Day

This Sunday is Holocaust Memorial Day, when people around the country will be invited to remember those who were killed in acts of genocide.

To mark the event, Bristol City Council has launched a series of workshops to bring communities together and ask what we've learned from the past.

More information on the events can be found on this website:

http://www.bristol.gov.uk/press/leisure-and-culture/speak-speak-out-holocaust-memorial-day-m-shed

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Bristol Rugby to stay at Memorial Stadium for at least one season

Following the announcement that Councillors voted to approve Sainsbury's plans to redevelop the Memorial Stadium site, Bristol Rugby say they will be staying at the stadium for next season.

Bristol Rugby have agreed terms to remain at the Memorial Stadium for the 2013/14 campaign.

The Club will then consider their long-term options over the duration of next season.

– Bristol Rugby

D-Day for Rovers' stadium plans: full report

A decision on whether a giant supermarket can be built at the home of Bristol Rovers is expected later this evening. It's crucial to the football club's intended move to a new ground in South Gloucestershire.

Sainsburys applied to redevelop the Memorial Stadium- which has been recommended for approval. But, as Richard Payne reports, there's significant objection:

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