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Bristol

Mayor for the Day

Ned Cussen, director at Jones Lang LaSalle explains what he would do if he was mayor for the day


Bristol, 7 November 2013 - As mayor George Ferguson prepares to give his annual address next week (on November 18), Ned Cussen, director at Jones Lang LaSalle explains what he would do if he was mayor for the day.

"I would put the focus firmly on south Bristol.
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"Bristol is a tale of two cities. In the north, it’s a tale of prosperity, high employment and good living standards. Sadly, there are large swathes of south Bristol that do not enjoy the same opportunities. For example, higher education numbers in south Bristol are among the lowest in the UK and are a fraction of north Bristol’s. My fellow citizens deserve far better.
 
"Nine of my 16 years in education were spent in south Bristol and I owe much to those roots. It’s a subject close to my heart and I firmly believe that getting the physical infrastructure right is the first step that will create the fundamental change that is needed to allow the area’s talent and unfulfilled potential to flourish.
"First must be the delivery of the South Bristol Link Road through Ashton Vale. But that is just the start; further and greater accessibility is required all across the area. Dualling the A38 all the way to the airport would help strengthen the economy. Further improvements to the existing ring road would also help.
 
"Where there’s infrastructure investment, prosperity follows – it’s a proven formula. North Bristol has boomed in the last 40 years since the construction of the motorway and Parkway station. Before this, it was a comparative backwater.
 
"In south Bristol, we are starting to see the positive impact of investments in projects such as Hengrove Park. The swimming pool, college and hospital are helping to create a greater sense of community and make it a more attractive place to live.
"We need more of this. There is huge potential in south Bristol to deliver the new homes and growth that the city desperately needs.
 
If we get that right, the city will show that it can be greater than the sum of its two parts."