Nicola Beech has got a big portfolio at City Hall – strategic planning, resilience and floods, plus representing the St George Central ward.
So how does she juggle all that complexity with the pressures and controversies of political life? In this episode, Neil and Nicola dig into the question of what it means to try to lead a city – and why it sometimes seems like developers are giving the council the runaround.
Bristol City Council slapped with warning over poor performance on freedom of information requests
The local authority has been criticised for years over its failure to responding to FOI requests within 20-day timescales.
Trams, or an underground? As Bristol weighs its public transport options, can it learn from across the Channel?
Bristol is notorious for its congestion and poor public transport, and has been hit by a worsening bus crisis. As it looks to a new mass transit system to solve its problems, cities such as Rennes and Bordeaux can offer valuable lessons.
How local ‘health hubs’ could encourage more women to get checked for breast cancer
Bristol breast cancer rates are 16% higher than the national average, and women from deprived areas are less likely to attend appointments. We asked women about the impact better community-based services could make.
Bristol’s flood defences are being pushed to their limit. What is the city’s long-term plan, and will it be enough?
The council is searching for an extra £100 million to fund future flood defences to protect low-lying areas of the city. While residents call for greater action, the Cable looks across the North Sea to Rotterdam for inspiration.
Bristol won’t bring in parking levy to fund transport as council forced to publish report
Mayor Marvin Rees has again hit out at sceptics of plans for a Bristol underground, and said smaller schemes won't do enough to give us the public transport we need.
‘My anxiety levels are off the scale’: Tempers fray as student houses multiply on estate
As residents and students clash on High Kingsdown estate, Bristol City Council is being urged to enforce its own targets and lower the number of HMOs in the area.