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Mayor Ferguson says "no tanks" to parking protesters

Campaigners fighting plans for new residents-only parking zones around Bristol drove a tank down one of the city's main streets tonight.

The protest was to highlight a petition expressing "no confidence" in Mayor George Ferguson's handling of the scheme.

Mayor Ferguson rejected the groups concerns, which he described as of "no consequence". The petition was debated in tonight's meeting of Full Council but no vote was made and the system is set to continue.

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Mayor's plans for Bristol: full report

Bristol's new Mayor announced how he planned to balance the city's budget today - and it'll mean hundreds of job losses, cuts in services and the closure of a range of facilities across the city. George Ferguson unveiled a package of proposals this morning.

These are the key recommendations:

  • Thirty five million pounds is being cut from next year's budget.

  • More than 320 jobs will be lost.

  • Council tax bills will go up by around 2 per cent - that's 26 pounds a year for the average household.

Unions have condemned the proposals, but the new Mayor says the cuts are essential. Richard Payne reports.

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