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With 2017 now behind us and a new year ahead, we thought now might be a good time to reflect on what we hope 2018 will bring for Bristol. Here’s JLL Bristol’s 2018 wish list for the city.
1. We would welcome a decision on the arena, so we can move forward and either find a new solution or get it built. It isn’t acceptable for Bristol not to have an arena if the city wants to be taken seriously. 2. We hope 2018 brings the successful delivery of the Metro bus scheme and strong take-up by the public, leading to greater public transport investment for Bristol – even potentially an underground by 2028! We would like to see Bristol made the most accessible regional capital with an M4/M5 interchange Park and Ride and a successful Portishead train line delivered. 3. Bristol City Council is the largest land owner in the city. We need to drive forward more council land sales with high affordable housing content to stimulate real housing delivery for all.4. We need to get Bristol’s ‘front door’ right. We’d like to see progress of the Temple Meads Station redevelopment plans and funding secured to open up the station with additional ticketed access from the arena/university site. Bristol needs to be bolder and lobby Government for a significant contribution to help fund this. 5. We hope to see the delivery of a new M4 motorway junction, 18A, accelerated to help release pressure on our ring road and M32.6. Apprenticeship training must be unlocked to provide the skills so badly needed by engineering and construction firms around Bristol. 7. We would welcome Glassfields, Assembly, Aspire and The Generator office schemes coming to fruition next year to provide much-needed Grade A office space. 8. We hope that work will start on Engine Shed 2 to support our world-class tech businesses and Bristol’s future success stories. 9. With 70% of Bristol’s exports going to Europe, we need a positive trade deal from Brexit.10. As well as prioritising the delivery of housing, we also need a focus on the provision of employment land for our small businesses or they will be squeezed out of Bristol.
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