Alex Seabrook

Local Democracy Reporter

Local Elections 2024

Bristol local election candidates debate rent controls, mass transit and missing net zero goal

The Cable hosted a hustings with candidates from the main parties, who battled it out just a few days before Bristol's local elections.

West of England mayor holds talks with Andy Burnham about bus franchising after local campaign

Police and council defend safeguarding app after calls to stop collecting info on vulnerable young people

A CGI image of the proposed Redcatch Quarter, which would replace the Broadwalk Shopping Centre in south Bristol.


Row over shopping centre demolition decision grinds on after government walks away from intervening

Council planning lawyer argues decision to refuse proposed redevelopment of Broadwalk Centre in Knowle in May did not rule out this being reversed – as happened a few weeks later.


Bristol City Council slapped with warning over poor performance on freedom of information requests


Greens win council by-election and keep seat to stay largest party in Bristol

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.

Plans for 144 homes at South Bristol wildlife haven on dangerously steep hill are rejected

Developers’ proposals to build the new houses and apartments on the Western Slopes in Knowle West have been refused over road safety concerns and how steep the hill is

South Bristol shopping centre will be knocked down after planning councillors’ shock U-turn

Opposition councillors slammed a decision to redevelop the Broadwalk Shopping Centre after a developer said it could deliver extra affordable homes there – although no promises were made.

Bristol council asks government for powers to control rents and tackle housing crisis

The local authority should have the ability to cap how much landlords can increase rents, an expert commission on renting in the city says.

Bristol Zoo: Plans approved for nearly 200 homes despite huge public opposition

Almost 10,000 petitioners urged Bristol City Council to refuse planning permission for the scheme.

This week in Bristol: Metro Mayor hasn’t formally analysed bus franchising

Pressure is growing on West of England metro mayor Dan Norris to investigate bringing buses under more public control.