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Mayor backs extension of Make Sunday Special

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson says he wants to see the popular Make Sunday Special scheme extended to other parts of the city. At present part of the city centre is closed to traffic once a month to host entertainment and boost trade

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Bristol Mayor faces 'no confidence' debate

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson will face a 'no confidence' debate later today over the way he's introduced residents' parking schemes.

Protesters have submitted a petition of more than 5000 signatures, enough to force a council debate.

Seven out of twelve proposed zones have now been approved, but campaigners argue they hit trade and force businesses to move.

Tonight's debate is purely a symbolic gesture, as the city's 70 councillors do not have the power to remove a directly-elected mayor from office.

Bristol mayor could be best mayor in the world

George Ferguson could be selected as the best mayor in the world Credit: PA

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson is in the running to be selected as the best mayor in the world.

Mr Ferguson, who became the city's first elected mayor 18 months ago, is one of only three mayors from Britain to make it on to a list of contenders from across Europe.

He is competing against London's Boris Johnson and Liverpool's Joe Anderson from Liverpool, along with another 39 other mayors from other European major cities.

Prime Minister visits Bristol school

Prime Minister at the Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Shirehampton Credit: ITV

Today the Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Shirehampton as part of his tour of the South West.

He spoke to students at the School's breakfast club. He was joined by Bristol Mayor George Ferguson.

David Cameron and Bristol Mayor George Ferguson talking to school children Credit: ITV

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Possible breakthrough in parking zone dispute

There are signs tonight of a possible breakthrough in the bitter dispute over plans for a residents parking scheme in Bristol.

Mayor George Ferguson wants to introduce the zones across large areas of the city, but has met fierce opposition from traders in the Clifton district who claim their businesses will be finished by the changes.

A meeting between protesters and council planners has just finished, with agreement that objections will be considered before any scheme is introduced.

Our Bristol correspondent Richard Payne has been following this story and looks at the background to the issue:

Campaigners say parking scheme will put off visitors

Campaigners fighting a residents' parking scheme proposed for Clifton in Bristol say they won't give up their battle. They say plans to limit parking to one hour will put off visitors.

Mayor George Ferguson says it would mean more spaces but one trader says it would put him out of business in months.

Newsagent Tony Golledge has concerns about the scheme:

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