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."
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.
Bristol City Council is currently debating Mayor George Ferguson's first budget. The Mayor has proposed a 1.99% council tax rise and has recommended the budget to councillors as the result of a 'caring and consensual process'. Watch the live debate on the City Council's website.
Bristol councillors meet this afternoon to discuss the first budget drawn up by elected mayor George Ferguson.
Mr Ferguson is proposing a council tax rise of just below 2%, savings of £35 million and more than 300 job losses.
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:
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.
Councillors have backed Sainsbury's bid to build on the Memorial Stadium which will trigger the club's move to a new stadium at the UWE.Read the full story ›
Bristol City councillors backed Sainsbury's bid to build on the Memorial Stadium which will now trigger the club's move to a new £40 million stadium on land at the University of the West of England at Filton in South Gloucestershire.
More to follow.
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:
Bristol City Council will decide tonight whether to allow a Sainsbury's store and over 60 homes to be built on the site of the Memorial Stadium.
Bristol Rovers want to demolish it and build a new ground in South Gloucestershire. The plans have been recommended for approval.