Matty Edwards

Future of Cities

Lessons from Lille, as Bristol explores rent controls to tackle its housing affordability crisis

As Bristol prepares to ask the government for extra powers to bring in rent controls, the Cable investigates what can be learned from across the channel in France, and in Scotland where reform is already in motion.

This week in Bristol: Bristol bus blow brings backlash

Community support for Castle Park development was overstated, claim members of local group

Future of Cities

Our new Future of Cities series explained

How do we build cities fit for the future and rebuilt trust in the media? Our new project exploring solutions to the major problems facing cities, from Bristol and beyond.

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

Bristol landlords are cashing in on lucrative short-term lets

Features

Bristol mental health patients are still being sent miles from home. How are local services trying to eliminate the damaging practice?

Autistic woman wins damages after police put ‘false and misleading’ information on her record

In the latest in a series of payouts from the force, Avon and Somerset Police were found to hold records incorrectly describing her as having 'split personality, violent when not medicated'.

Avon and Somerset Police commits to anti-racism work, but refuses to admit force is institutionally racist

Chief Constable Sarah Crew said the view that policing is institutionally racist has legitimacy, but it’s important to move beyond the term.

Revealed: Parents taking legal action over mistreatment of son at special needs school

A former worker has also shed light on what happened before St Christopher's closed in 2019 and police investigated child cruelty.

Bristol campaigners and politicians welcome ‘long overdue’ reforms for private renters

Scrapping no fault evictions, better standards and a potential landlord registration scheme could become law. But more needs to be done on the city’s renting crisis in the meantime. 

Bristol to become first UK city to offer potentially life saving drug checking scheme

After years of pilot schemes at music festivals, the community-based service will aim to prevent drug-related deaths and harm, as users can find out what they’re taking.

Too many cars? On the streets in Bristol’s future first ‘liveable neighbourhood’

Restricting through traffic in the dense residential areas of Barton Hill, Redfield and St George will reduce pollution and encourage walking and cycling. But first, the council has to win people over.