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Jeremy Richards responds to the election of Marvin Rees
Bristol, May 11th, 2016 – Responding to the election of Marvin Rees as Bristol Mayor, Jeremy Richards, head of JLL’s office in Bristol, said: “Marvin Rees’ strong electoral mandate should enable him to take a bold and long-term approach to driving the city forward and delivering on some of the major challenges facing the city.
“His commitment to tackling the major infrastructure issues in Bristol, building on the tangible progress that has already been made in recent years, is welcome and we look forward to the completion of vital projects already underway such as the Metrobus and Bristol Arena, which are crucial to investor confidence.
“Whilst we endorse his desire to be proactive in attracting more inward investment, to deliver this we must continue to keep the city’s profile high on the international stage and recognise that we are competing not only with the likes of Birmingham and Manchester, but with European and global cities. This is essential too if we are to attract and maintain the right talent and skills base.
“Bristol has a unique offer in terms of location, proximity to London, our strength in key sectors and quality of life compared to other UK cities and we need to promote this if we are to continue to grow our economy, and spread the benefits across Bristol.
“During his election campaign, Marvin Rees recognised the need to deliver more housing, making it one of his key priorities but the target of 800 affordable units is very ambitious indeed.
“The key to delivering more affordable housing lies in the use of public sector land and the creation of a new council housing company or municipal housing trust could also help with that objective. But we must not strangle the delivery of private housing by setting unrealistic affordable thresholds.
“Above all, there needs to be a joined up approach to delivery of housing and employment if we are to drive the city forward.”
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