Car-free Sundays in Bristol explained

Some streets in Bristol will be traffic free today as part of an experiment that could see cars banned on a regular basis next year.

Mayor Ferguson's "Rainbow" cabinet

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson has announced his new cabinet, which now features members from four political parties.

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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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Loos staying open says Mayor

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson has decided not to close public toilets, shut museums or remove bus subsidies in his budget to be debated by senior councillors tomorrow.

They are among 20 changes made following public consultation on proposed cuts. He also plans to raise council tax by almost 2%, a move supported by two thirds of those who took part. The council needs to save £83 million over three years.

George Ferguson has made 20 changes to his budget after public consultation. Credit: ITV News West Country

Mayor plans budget changes

Bristol’s Mayor George Ferguson has announced his intentions to remove or change nearly 20 of his draft budget proposals.

It follows consultations with public as well as changes to funding projections.

The mayor will announce today he's also introducing new funds for people in hardship, supporting the living wage and increasing investment in parks and play.

It comes ahead of a full Cabinet discussion and debate on the budget tomorrow

The mayor is still planning to raise council tax by 2%, but, among other changes, there is to be a reprieve to 22 public toilets, and a change to proposals for older people.

A plan to remove subsidy to St Paul's Learning Centre will be postponed.

“This is still a very challenging budget but I am very pleased to have the chance to make changes.

We’ve had Bristol’s biggest ever budget consultation and I’ve listened to what’s been said.

Not every concern can be answered, but I’ve looked at every proposal in light of comments made.

– Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson

Bristol budget to be unveiled by Mayor

George Ferguson speaking on ITV News West Country about the budget last November Credit: ITV News West Country

Later today, Bristol mayor George Ferguson, will reveal further details of the city's budget, and the results of a public consultation.

There was a record response to his appeal for comments with 3,800 people having their say. It followed the announcement last November there would need to be be £90 million cuts, and up to 1,000 job losses.

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