He is trying to change reactionary attitudes
I AM sorry that you chose to publish two rather emotional letters that were highly critical of the mayor, George Ferguson (Bristol Post September 12).
It is clear that many people do not wish to see any restrictions to the freedom that motorists have come to expect as an inalienable right, but such a refusal to address the problem caused by the motorcar is both irrational and short-sighted. Over the last few years there has been a huge increase in the number of privately owned cars and motorcycles but a failure of both central and local government to introduce the necessary controls. Surely it is obvious that failure to take action will lead to increasing levels of chaos, pollution and frustration in our city?
The mayor has realised that no action is no solution. Drivers must be encouraged to leave their vehicles at home whenever possible and to cycle, walk or use an improved system of public transport. Sadly, the inconvenience caused by change is inevitable.
Many continental cities are way ahead of Bristol in their determination to confront the growing traffic problem, but at least we are fortunate to have elected as mayor someone who is aware of the difficulties and who has both the imagination and confidence to try out new solutions.
Mr Ferguson has the unenviable task of changing reactionary attitudes.
It is a pity that the Bristol Post sees fit to publish letters that appear to show no understanding of the fundamental problem or to address the long-term interests of the city.
SO our elected mayor George Ferguson now states that enough is enough with minority groups holding back certain developments in our city. I find that rather strange coming from a person who has sewn the seeds and encouraged this situation over many years. He stated that he was opposed to more supermarkets in Bristol just after being elected. He actively opposed the one at Ashton Gate because of the possible effects to local shops, even though he provided personal unwanted competition to those very same local shops, but somehow suddenly supports the one at Horfield.
He invited one of the minority groups most active outspoken people onto his cabinet, the green councillor Gus Hoyt and has acted as a minority when imposing his will with regards to RPZs. He has closed city centre roads to appease the minority groups, in fact he has bent over backwards to invite more involvement from minority groups, what did he expect from a city that has allowed these people to rule the roost for far long.
I propose that just like our councillors, anyone opposing a development must declare their involvement in any other group or organisation prior to lodging their opposition. This will then stop people having multiple representation/objections. We currently have people holding membership of minority groups making multiple representations under different banners such as, GBCP, FROGS, Playing out, FOE, local resident, local trader, yet still only one person.
This cannot be allowed to continue. We also have a situation where private individuals from outside of the city boundaries can influence the decision making process of the city council. He's right, enough is enough.