Adam Postans

Local Democracy Reporter

Councillors approve public consultation on controversial strip club ban

Plans to ban sexual entertainment venues have been cricitised by councillors, sex workers and the nighttime economy sector. But now the public will have its say.

Fear of 'cover-ups', bad decisions and squandering taxpayers' money

A cross-party group of councillors fear “cover-ups”, bad decisions and taxpayers’ money being squandered by Bristol City Council. Now they call for better access rights to information.

Regional row: Mayor Marvin Rees accused of blocking West of England Combined Authority expansion

The neighbouring Tory, Liberal Democrat and Independent local authority leaders have accused Mr Rees of "putting party politics before doing the right thing for the region."

Developer withdraws planning proposals for 'grim' and 'Stalinist' St Pauls flats

Controversial plans for a four-storey block of flats in St Pauls have been withdrawn. The boss of developers Clayewater Homes says they spent “a lot...

Ex-undercover cop secretly ran business with man connected to gangsters

The ex-undercover cop hid the fact he was running a second-hand car dealership with a man who had “very dangerous” known associates in organised crime. He denied the allegations against him and claimed senior members of Avon and Somerset Police tried to discredit him.

£37.7 million later: Council announces sale of debt-ridden Bristol Energy

The announcement comes after Labour councillors last week blocked an inquiry into the saga, which has cost the local authority millions.

Councillors say City Hall officers ‘unduly influenced’ by reporting direct to Mayor

Councillor Clive Stevens says he cannot always trust what officers say because they are ‘fearful of pressure from their boss’.

Cars to be banned from parts of Bristol city centre in major boost for cycling and walking

The council plans include banning cars from Bristol Bridge and a section of Baldwin Street, as well as pedestrianising the Old City and widening pavements across Bristol.

Council owned Bristol Energy put up for sale amid controversy

Opposition councillors are demanding a full inquiry into loss-making Bristol Energy after the city council put it up for sale.

Mayor Rees calls for Government bailout to plug £82m blackhole

Mayor Marvin Rees is pleading with the Government for an NHS-style bailout for local authorities as he warned it will take Bristol years to recover from the coronavirus.

Temporary coronavirus mortuary to open as council prepares for 'worst case scenario'

The new mortuary will increase Bristol City Council's capacity to deal with deceased people by two-thirds.

Councillors give themselves a pay rise

Bristol city councillors have awarded themselves a pay hike costing council tax payers an extra £180,000 a year while freezing the salaries of top officers....