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METRO MAYOR’S SHOCK AT DEATH OF ALISTAIR DARLING

Dan Norris, Metro Mayor for the West of England has expressed his shock and sadness at the death of Alistair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer. Dan Norris said: “I’m very sad to hear the news. Alistair was a leading figure in the Government who’s surefooted handling of the Global Economic Crisis helped ensure it’s…

MAYOR LAUNCHES SHOPLIFTING FIGHT BACK

West of England Mayor Dan Norris has responded to calls to support local shops suffering from an unprecedented wave of shop lifting. The Mayor is launching a brand new scheme to help stores invest in much-needed security. Back in September the Federation of Independent Retailers and the British Independent Retailers Association called on the Home…

Why I’m bringing in free bus travel for care leavers with the help of Tracy Beaker

Britain’s most famous fictional care leaver is backing a scheme for West of England care leavers that I launched today at the start of Care Leavers Week. I was really delighted that BAFTA award-winning actress Dani Harmer, best known and loved for her role as Tracy Beaker has thrown her weight behind my new West…

BREWING SOME GOOD: METRO MAYOR HAILS RWA’S ‘TEATIME TOURS’ FOR BRISTOL LOCALS WITH DEMENTIA, BUT SAYS: MORE SUPPORT NEEDED

Ministers must do more to help dementia sufferers and their families, Mayor Dan Norris has said. The intervention comes after the West of England’s directly elected Mayor hailed ‘invaluable’ Royal West of England Academy (RWA) programmes for locals living with the disease in the city. RWA have been running their ‘Teatime Tours’ since May of…

WEST SKILLS BOOST: MAYOR’S ‘SKILLS CONNECT’ SCHEME LAUNCHES

A new “one-stop shop” website for West of England residents who are looking for training to gain new skills has launched. Skills Connect comes from Dan Norris’s West of England Mayoral Authority and is designed to make it easier for residents who want to find information about upskilling, reskilling, apprentices, and a wide range of…

DAN NORRIS: PM PLANS TO GUT GREEN POLICIES PUTS WEST’S 2030 NET-ZERO TARGET AT RISK

Mayor Dan Norris has warned that the government’s U-turn on climate policies makes it “unlikely” the West of England can achieve its 2030 net zero ambitions. Responding to reports the Prime Minister is planning to water down key net-zero policies the Mayor said, “this tips the balance for the region’s goals, from really challenging to…

WEST ‘STILL PAYING THE PRICE’ FOR TRUSS PREMIERSHIP AMID “MORTAGE BOMB”, SAYS NORRIS

The West of England is “still paying the price” of Liz Truss’s so-called ‘mini-budget’, the region’s directly elected Labour Mayor Dan Norris has warned. A year on from the former PM’s budget, the housing market has hit its worst slump since the Credit Church thanks to soaring mortgage rates seen in the past 12 months.…

CLIMATE CHAOS, ECONOMIC CHAOS: ECONOMY SHRINKS IN JULY – MAYOR URGES CLIMATE RESILIENCE

The country is sleepwalking into “climate chaos, and economic chaos”, according to the region’s directly elected Mayor Dan Norris, after rainy weather caused the economy to shrink. Official figures released today (Wednesday 13 September) showed gross domestic product shrank 0.5% in July from June, which was worse than analysts had projected. All three key areas…

UK’S MOST POWERFUL SUPERCOMPUTER COMING TO BRISTOL – DAN NORRIS COMMENTS

Mayor Dan Norris has reacted with delight at the news that a new supercomputer set to be one the most powerful in Europe is to be built in Bristol. A new national supercomputer research facility named after Brunel, and focusing on artificial intelligence, will be hosted by the University of Bristol. It will based at…

ALL WILKO STORES SET TO CLOSE – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

Support is available to the dozens of Wilko workers in Bristol and Kingswood at risk of losing their jobs, the region’s directly elected Mayor Dan Norris has reiterated.   It comes after today’s news that all 400 of the much-loved home and hardware chain’s stores will be closing by early October, after a rescue deal…

METRO MAYOR HAILS NEW ‘CUTTING-EDGE’ BRISTOL COLLEGE HEALTH SIMULATION WARD ‘TRAINING UP THE SKILLED NHS AND CARE STAFF WE SO DESPERATELY NEED’

Mayor Dan Norris joined and welcomed new City of Bristol College students set to benefit from a brand-new innovative simulation and training ward that will train and upskill the next generation of NHS and other health and social care staff across the city. Mr Norris met current health and care students during the first week…

IT’S COOL TO CARE! – METRO MAYOR URGES WEST OF ENGLAND LOCALS TO ‘PICK OLD OVER NEW’ THIS SECOND-HAND SEPTEMBER

West of England locals should buy second-hand clothing to save pennies, and the planet, the region’s directly elected Mayor Dan Norris has urged. Mr Norris, who leads the West of England Mayoral Authority, is backing second-hand September, the national fast-fashion-fighting effort led by Oxfam encouraging people to shop pre-loved and donate what they no longer…

FREE HERITAGE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO WEST – TIME TO EXPLORE LOCAL, MAYOR URGES

Dozens of historic buildings are set to throw open their doors across the West of England next week. It’s all part of Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture, organised by the National Trust, and which gives locals free access to museums, galleries, stately homes, and more. It’s an opportunity to explore the West’s most…

YOUNG BATH FARMERS ARE BEES KNEES FOR POLLINATORS

Five young Bath farmers are officially the bees knees when it comes to protecting the city’s pollinators, according to the region’s directly elected Mayor Dan Norris. Middle Ground Growers, who provide seasonal veg boxes from their 16-acre farm on Broadmoor Lane for over 160 families every week, scooped one of Mr Norris’s 2023 Bee Bold Awards celebrating the very best…

QUARTER OF WEST HOMEOWNERS FACE ‘MORTGAGE BOMB’, MAYOR WARNS

A quarter of all households in the West of England face a mortgage ‘bomb’ next year, the region’s directly elected Metro Mayor Dan Norris has warned. It comes after Mayoral Combined Authority analysis revealed the clearest picture yet of the scale of the mortgage crisis in the region. Data showing there are around 26,000 households…

SOLAR TOGETHER 2.0: SECOND CHANCE FOR WEST OF ENGLAND RESIDENTS TO SAVE MONEY, AND THE PLANET

Homeowners across the West of England will have another chance to save money on their energy bills by joining a money-saving, group-buying scheme for carbon-cutting solar panels. ‘Solar Together West of England’, launched last year to enable residents to reduce their bills, while playing their part in slashing emissions in the region at the same,…

WILKO CRASHES INTO ADMINSTRATION, HUNDREDS OF JOBS AT RISK – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

Support is available to the hundreds of workers in Bristol and Kingswood at risk of losing their jobs after retail giant Wilko collapsed into administration. Responding to the news that the high street chain had appointed administrators from PwC after failing to secure a rescue deal, the West of England’s directly elected Mayor Dan Norris…

£2 MILLION FUND TO PLUG LOCAL SKILLS GAPS LAUNCHED BY METRO MAYOR

Hundreds in the West of England will be supported to get new skills and progress in work thanks to a brand-new £2 million programme from Mayor Dan Norris’s West of England Mayoral Combined Authority designed to plug skills gaps in the region. Organisations of all sizes – from traditional training providers of all types, to…

METRO MAYOR’S ‘BIRTHDAY BUSES’ LAUNCHES

Residents in the West of England are getting a special Birthday gift starting today (Tuesday 1 August) –  a month’s fully free bus travel, part of a scheme from the region’s Metro Mayor designed to radically grow passenger numbers. ‘Birthday Buses’ is the brainchild of directly elected regional Mayor Dan Norris. The idea is simple.…

Tribute to Doug Naysmith

Following the death of Doug Naysmith, Mayor Dan Norris, who served alongside him as an MP, said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Doug Naysmith, the former Bristol North West MP. Doug was an honourable, charismatic and charming MP and Bristol City Councillor colleague. Very capable, yet modest, Doug genuinely cared…

NEW ERA AS WEST’S E-SCOOTERS GO GREEN

E-scooters have become a familiar sight on streets across the West of England with over six million journeys made since 2020. Now it can be revealed that the region’s e-scooters are changing provider and colour – from coral to green – and will be branded WESTscoot from the autumn. In light of the success of e-scooters…

HUGE SWING TO LABOUR IN NE SOMERSET ELECTION

Two Labour councillors have been elected with 70% of the vote in an election in Paulton in Bath and North East Somerset. The election was postponed from May due to the sad death of one of the candidates standing for election. Labour’s Liz Hardman won 703 votes and Grant Johnson secured 645. There was a…

INTEREST RATE HIKE: FORCE BANKS TO OFFER MORTGAGE HELP, METRO MAYOR URGES

Mayor Dan Norris has demanded government action so banks must help families struggling with crippling payments as mortgage rates reached a 15-year high, after the Bank of England shocked economist by raising interest rates by half a percentage point to 5%. The Metro Mayor is urging ministers to back a five point plan to ease…

RATE WOES: INFLATION REMAINS UNCHANGED AT 8.7%, PILES MORE MISERY ON WEST HOUSEHOLDS

Inflation remains unchanged at 8.7% in the 12 months to May – despite hopes it would fall. This figure is the same that was recorded in April. Crucially, it doesn’t mean prices have stopped rising – they are still going up, just at a slightly slower rate. Experts had predicted inflation would fall to 8.4%,…

PARTYGATE VOTE – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

MPs have overwhelmingly voted to accept the evidence in the damming Partygate report into Boris Johnson – but without the support of regional MPs Jacob Rees Mogg and Jack Lopresti. Commenting on NE Somerset’s MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and his stance on the committee’s report on Partygate today (Monday 19 June), Metro Mayor Dan Norris said:…

GOVERNMENT’S “GREEN CRAP” ATTITUDE COST WEST OF ENGLAND FAMILIES £1,400 A YEAR, AS METRO MAYOR WELCOMES LABOUR PLEDGE TO WORK WITH REGIONAL MAYORS ON CLEAN ENERGY

Ministers who for years dismissed much-needed clean energy projects as “green crap” left hard-pressed families in the West of England saddled with sky-high bills, says Metro Mayor Dan Norris. The West of England’s Labour Mayor made the comments after Sir Keir Starmer unveiled plans to take up to £1,400 off household bills while making the…

METRO MAYOR DAN NORRIS RESPONDS TO DEATH OF GLENDA JACKSON

Responding to the death of Glenda Jackson, Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “I’m heartbroken to hear about the death of Glenda Jackson. She was at the very top of my list of favourite MPs when I was in Parliament with her. Glenda was a very professional politician – not at all keen to talk about…

METRO MAYOR REVEALS BRAND-NEW BRISTOL STATION PLATFORMS

Spades are in the ground to deliver a new, two-platformed station in Bristol. Metro Mayor Dan Norris was track-side to get a first look at the brand-new platforms being installed on the site of the previous Ashley Hill Station which closed in 1964. Funded by the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority, Ashley Down Station…

METRO MAYOR TO BOSSES – PROTECT WORKERS FROM SUMMER SIZZLE

Mayor Dan Norris has warned West of England bosses to step up to protect their workers during hot weather this summer. The Mayor’s warning was issued in response to soaring temperatures this weekend, including a 32°C in parts of the country, and forecasts from meteorologists suggesting even hotter weather may be on the cards during…

JOHNSON RESIGNS – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

Commenting on the resignation of Boris Johnson as an MP after he received the Partygate report, West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “This has always been about integrity. It was only a matter of time before Mr Johnson’s wrongdoings caught up with him. “The disgraced former PM’s boozy lockdown bashes while families were…

SHOP LOCAL THIS SPRING BANK HOLIDAY AND HALF TERM, SAYS METRO MAYOR

Bristol’s shops need people’s support more than ever.  That was the message from the West of England’s Metro Mayor Dan Norris as residents were urged to take advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend and next week’s May half term.  He says there is no better time to shop locally and support local businesses struggling during…

PRIDE OF THE WEST: METRO MAYOR HANDS OUT PRIZES TO BUDDING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

Winners in a hotly contested schools competition to find the next generation of business stars have been announced by Metro Mayor Dan Norris After months of hard work, students, judges and local businesspeople, came together at the “Company of the Year awards” for Young Enterprise. Open to secondary school kids aged 13 to 19, the…

SIGNAL FAILURE: WIFI ON TRAINS SET FOR AXE – METRO MAYOR BLASTS “SHORT-TERMIST” MOVE

Mayor Dan Norris has reacted with anger to reports of ministers potentially pulling the plug on free Wi-Fi on trains as part of a cost-cutting drive. Most operators currently offer a free wi-fi connection as standard. However, the Department for Transport has now decided wi-fi is “low priority” for passengers and that train operators need…

£3.6 million boost for cyclists secured by West of England Metro Mayor

Pedal power is the name of the game as Metro Mayor Dan Norris announced he has secured £3.6 million of new funding from government to boost cycling, and walking, across the West of England. The focus will be to encourage local people to travel by bike for those shorter everyday journeys.  The Mayor wants to…

METRO MAYOR: “SWIFT ACTION NEEDED” FOR SOMERSET GIGA-FACTORY DEAL

 “Swift action is needed to seal the deal”, says Metro Mayor Dan Norris following media reports in the Times that the government is considering half a billion pounds in incentives to Jaguar Land Rover to build a new electric battery “giga-factory” in Somerset. The cash would be to improve transport links to and from Somerset’s 616-acre Gravity…

MORE FREQUENT TRAIN SERVICES COMING TO WEST THIS MONDAY

West of England train passengers are set to benefit from much more frequent services to and from Bristol Temple Meads starting next week (Monday 22nd May 2023) thanks to a £7 million-plus investment from Metro Mayor Dan Norris’s West of England Mayoral Combined Authority. Starting on Monday 22 May, more trains will be running from Temple Meads to…

METRO MAYOR HAILS RARE BEE FIND IN WEST OF ENGLAND

A rare species of bee has been recorded in the West of England for the first time. The Nomad Bee, also known as Nomada zonata, was discovered by a local volunteer on Troopers Hill in Bristol as part of a West of England Mayoral Combined Authority-funded project. The project sees residents taking part in bee surveys…

THREE MILLION-PLUS THANK YOUS FROM METRO MAYOR AT WEST OF ENGLAND LEVY SCHEME EVENT

More apprenticeships for West of England residents are on the way after a successful apprenticeship fund scheme welcomed its latest official member. Airbus has become the latest top-notch West of England organisation to pledge their support to invest in apprentices at an event hearing from some of the 200-plus new apprentices supported already thanks to…

PLUG IT IN: £7 MILLION BOOST FOR ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING IN THE WEST

Hundreds more electric car charge points are set to be installed across the West of England after Metro Mayor Dan Norris secured £7 million to boost to his plans for an “electric car revolution”. Mr Norris’s Mayoral Combined Authority will get up to £6.6 million from government for purchasing and installing hundreds more electric vehicle…

HAILS £13 MILLION CLUTTON FIRM AS HUMBLE BAR OF SOAP MAKES A COMEBACK

Tomorrow at 12.45pm, Metro Mayor Dan Norris will find out how the humble bar of soap is making a comeback after being given a makeover by environmentally minded Somerset Toiletry Company – one of Bath and NE Somerset and the world’s biggest and best bath and body product firms. The first manufactured soap bar entered…

LIFE ON THE HEDGE: METRO MAYOR BACKS ‘HEDGELIFE HELP OUT’ TO SAVE WEST’S SHRUBS

Every hedge counts, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who is encouraging West of England residents to health-check the region’s “secret weapon” this month to help safeguard their future. The Metro Mayor has thrown his weight behind ‘Hedgelife Help Out’ organised by the Countryside Charity which kicks off today (Monday 8 May) through to the…

150 YOUNG POLICYMAKERS OF THE FUTURE WELCOMED TO DAN NORRIS’S SCHOOL SUMMIT

Over 150 local young people from 60-plus secondary schools gathered at Aerospace Bristol under the wings of Concorde for the West of England Schools Summit hosted by Metro Mayor Dan Norris, and co-designed with Creative Youth Network. The students were there to learn about the careers of the future they might follow and make their…

BBC CHAIRMAN RESIGNS AFTER BREACHING APPOINTMENT RULES – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS:

Welcoming the announcement today (Friday 28 April) that Richard Sharp has resigned as BBC chairman, Mayor Dan Norris said: “Richard Sharp is right to resign, but he should have been sacked weeks ago. His stint as chair has seriously undermined both the BBC’s independence, and its reputation in this country – and round the globe.…

EXPLORE LOCAL THIS CORONATION WEEKEND, SAYS METRO MAYOR 

Royalists and republicans alike are being urged to take advantage of the extra Bank Holiday weekend by West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris. He says there is no better time to explore locally and support local attractions. Speaking on a visit to Bath Abbey where King Edgar, the first King of all of England,…

METRO MAYOR CALLS FOR RATES CUT AND ENERGY SUBSIDIES TO EASE FOOD PRICES IN WEST OF ENGLAND

Ministers should consider cutting business rates for small West of England retailers and subsidise energy bills for food manufacturers to bring down the cost of everyday items on shop shelves, according to the West of England’s Metro Mayor Dan Norris. According to Mr Norris’s Labour Party, the price of food and drink is growing 50%…

QUESTION TIME: METRO MAYOR QUIZZED BY BUDDING OLDLAND COMMON POLITICIANS

Dan Norris says he was “put through his paces” by Oldland Common students during a ‘Meet The Metro Mayor’ Q&A session. The Mayor was invited to Sir Bernard Lovell Academy for a tour of the school, and to speak with students about the role of his West of England Mayoral Combined Authority and devolution. He…

INFLATION NATION LATEST: FOOD PRICES RISE AT FASTEST RATE FOR OVER 45 YEARS

Prices in the supermarkets are still rising sharply with food and drink inflation now at its highest level in over 45 years, adding to the inflation pain suffered by West of England households. Food and drink prices rocketed by 19.1% in March, according to the ONS – up from 18% per year in February, and…

POORER BRISTOL HOMES MISSED OUT ON CRUCIAL RETROFIT MEASURES LAST YEAR AS BILLS ROCKETED – METRO MAYOR REPEATS CALLS FOR “INSULATION SPRINT”

Hundreds of low-income households in Bristol missed out on having crucial energy-efficiency measures installed in their homes last year just as the fuel poverty crisis hit, it can be revealed. New official data shows that 2022 was the worst year on record for the Government’s main programme for insulating poorer people’s homes, despite pleas from Metro…

WORLD HERITAGE DAY: VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO PRESERVE COALPIT HEATH COLLIERY

On World Heritage Day, Metro Mayor Dan Norris will peer behind the scenes at a colliery in Coalpit Heath to discover 700 years of mining history, and learn more about the vital role coal played in the West of England story. Friends of Ram Hill Colliery Secretary Kate Kelliher will give the Mayor a potted…

METRO MAYOR IN LAWRENCE WESTON FOR “ENERGY BILL BLITZ”

Metro Mayor Dan Norris and a team of experts will be going door-to-door visiting Lawrence Weston shops and other small businesses. The aim is to help them save £2,000-plus from their sky-high energy bills and slash carbon emissions. The ‘Energy Bills Blitz’ is a new drive to support local businesses who have never previously received…

WEST OF ENGLAND HAILED AS “TRAILBLAZER” IN BIG TOURISM BOOST

A scheme to put the West of England at the forefront of a UK tourism drive could support new jobs and bring millions of pounds to the regional economy, says Metro Mayor Dan Norris. It was revealed that the region has been chosen as one of 12 tourism hotspots for a new national approach to…

Bristol workers need to work 400 YEARS to benefit from Tory £1 billion pension tax plan

Bristol workers on average earnings would have to work for four centuries before they would benefit from a £1 billion tax cut from government, it has been revealed.In the Spring Budget, the Chancellor abolished the tax-free limit on pensions savings for those with more than £1 million in their pension pot. This will cost the…

£12 MILLION GREEN HOMES BOOST FOR POORER WEST OF ENGLAND HOUSEHOLDS

Over 800 West of England households suffering from the cost-of-living crisis will benefit from improvements to their homes to cut between £200 and £400 a year from their energy bills each year. It’s all thanks to Dan Norris’s Mayoral Combined Authority securing £12 million for upgrades to homes in the region. The cash will go…

BRISTOL NAMED “FORCED SWIM” ANIMAL EXPERIMENT CAPITAL OF UK

West of England Metro Mayor and longstanding campaigner against animal cruelty, Dan Norris, has once again joined calls for the University of Bristol to drop its use of experiments that see rats and mice dropped into water and made to continually swim to stop themselves from drowning. It comes after freedom of information data showed…

PLANES CARBON SHAME

Cuts to air passenger duty for domestic flights from 1 April brought in by Rishi Sunak are set to encourage more pollution. A study by consumer group Which? found that a flight from Bristol to Edinburgh emits a staggering 68% more in carbon emissions than the same journey by train and is 12% cheaper. From…

AN EGG-STRA SPECIAL THANK YOU! METRO MAYOR THANKS LITTLE STOKE NHS STAFF WITH EASTER EGGS

Doctors, nurses and other heath care professionals at Concord Medical Centre in Little Stoke have been treated to an egg-stra special Easter delivery from Metro Mayor Dan Norris. The Mayor dropped off a donation of chocolate Easter eggs to our NHS heroes to be distributed across the practice with thanks to sponsorship from Mission Street,…

FOOD INFLATION HITS ALL TIME HIGH – DAN NORRIS COMMENTS

West of England shoppers facing the cost of living crisis have had another blow as supermarket price inflation hit another record high. This is adding £837 to annual household shopping bills. Price increases for groceries hit an all-time high of 17.5% in the four weeks to 19 March compared with a year earlier, according to…

KEEP THE WEST TIDY – METRO MAYOR URGES

Metro Mayor Dan Norris, along with green-minded Keynsham pupils, rolled up his sleeves and took on litter-picking duties after throwing his weight behind the Great British Spring Clean 2023. The national litter-picking effort, organised by Keep Britain Tidy and backed by Mr Norris’s West of England Mayoral Combined Authority, has kicked off and runs until…

IS YOUR ORGANISATION BEE-ING FRIENDLY? METRO MAYOR’S POLLINATOR AWARDS SCHEME RETURNS

An awards scheme to showcase the fantastic work “pollinator pal” West of England groups of all shapes and sizes are doing to support bees is returning for a second year. Metro Mayor Dan Norris’s “Bee Bold Awards 2023” has opened for submissions closing at 11.59pm on Friday 28 April. From offices to schools, community allotments…

GREEN LIGHT FOR £10 MILLION GREEN RECOVERY FUND EXPANSION

An additional £10million was agreed today to tackle the climate and nature emergency in the West of England after Metro Mayor Dan Norris secured agreement to expand his successful Green Recovery Fund at a meeting of the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority in Filton (Friday 17 March 2023). Mayor Norris and the region’s three…

“DESIGN YOUR OWN BUS SERVICE” FUND LAUNCHED BY METRO MAYOR

Metro Mayor Dan Norris is challenging communities across the West of England to design and run new bus services in their area as he launches WESTlocal (today Friday 17 March). The £2 million fund will help local neighbourhoods set up and run their own new not-for-profit transport. “Local people know their communities best. Therefore, they…

BRISTOLIANS FEELING LUCKY AS ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE RETURNS TO CITY THIS WEEKEND

Bristol city centre is turning green this Sunday as the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade gets underway – with support from a £10,000 cash injection from Metro Mayor Dan Norris. Mayor Norris will join Lord Mayor Cllr Paula O’Rourke as well as dance troupes and marching pipe bands in leading the green and gold coloured…

METRO MAYOR SECURES £18 MILLION FOR KEY GROWTH PROJECTS

The West of England Mayoral Combined Authority’s strong track record of delivery has seen it secure a further £18 million of government funding to fast track 19 ‘shovel-ready’ projects to grow the regional economy after several successful bids to government led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris. Successful bids include: In total, the schemes will create…

SPRING STATEMENT – METRO MAYOR RESPONDS

Following the Chancellor’s Spring Statement this afternoon, Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “The hit to living standards over the past two years is the largest since records began. West of England people are feeling it every day in their pockets. Today the Chancellor told us working people will keep paying the price of 13 years…

BBC to censor Bristol made TV?

The BBC has decided not to broadcast on TV an episode of David Attenborough’s flagship new British wildlife series Wild Isles, which was made by a Bristol production company. The Guardian newspaper has reported this is due to fears of a backlash from Conservative politicians upset about its discussion of the destruction of nature, although…

ONE GIANT LEAP: WEST’S SPACE SECTOR GETS SIX-FIGURE FUNDING BOOST

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has secured funding to boost the growing West of England space industry. The West of England Mayoral Combined Authority has secured £136,000 from the UK Space Agency to fund work on Space West – the region’s “space cluster” – while the cash boost will double the 1,000 people working in the…

Two operators to run Metro Mayor’s WESTlink minibuses

The operators of WESTlink, the region’s new on-demand minibus service, have been announced. WESTlink will be run by a partnership of Via and WeDRT. Via is a global public transport, logistics and tech company that operates in more than 20 countries globally. WeDRT is a UK-based company with experience of working with Transport for West…

SPADES IN THE GROUND! BUILDING WORK STARTS ON NEW ASHLEY DOWN STATION

Construction work has begun on a new Bristol railway station. Funded by the West of England Combined Authority, Ashley Down station will give residents in the north of the city their own station once again after nearly 60 years. Metro Mayor Dan Norris was track-side to see for himself how the brand-new station is being…

THAT’S A LATTE! BATH CITY FARM CAFÉ SELLS IT’S 12,000th BREW – TO METRO MAYOR

A community café in Whiteway has sold its 12,000th coffee this week after just nine months of trading – to none other than Metro Mayor Dan Norris. Bath City Farm café – located on the 37-acre farm site – opened to the public last May after seven months of building work. From bullet-strong espressos to…

METRO MAYOR ENJOYS CAKE AND A CUPPA AT KEYNSHAM FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT COFFEE MORNING

Keynsham Methodist Church put the kettle on and brewed up plenty of support for Fairtrade and local producers when Metro Mayor Dan Norris popped by to kick of their Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations. The hard-working church eco team are pulling out the stops with their Fairtrade coffee mornings, spreading community cheer and raising vital funds for…

BRISTOL’S UKRAINE REFUGEES SEWING A BRIGHT FUTURE IN CITY – ONE STITCH AT A TIME

To celebrate International Women’s Day, (8 March) Metro Mayor Dan Norris met some of Bristol’s Ukraine female refugees sewing their way to a brighter future in the city thanks to a brilliant all-women sewing company. Made My Wardrobe, set up by Lydia Higginson, has offered help and support to ten women who fled conflict and…

DIGITAL SKILLS BOOST FOR KNOWLE WEST MUMS: THANKS TO £40,000 METRO MAYOR GRANT

A group of local mums from the Knowle West Children’s Centre are learning new digital and design skills thanks to a £40,000 investment by Metro Mayor Dan Norris’s West of England Mayoral Combined Authority. The women are being trained to operate high-tech equipment including 3D printers and laser cutters at new courses at Knowle West…

1/2 MILLION BOOST FOR BEES ANNOUNCED BY METRO MAYOR

Local groups are being encouraged to apply for new cash to support Bristol bees. Metro Mayor Dan Norris announced £500,000 of funding for projects that support the region’s pollinator superheroes as part of his commitment to make the West of England the bee and pollinator capital of the UK. Schools, volunteer and community groups, sports…

SKILLS BOOST: UP TO £3 MILLION PLEDGED FOR WEST OF ENGLAND APPRENTICESHIPS

Up to £3 million has now been pledged to help people across the West of England develop new skills through apprenticeships. The UK’s leading home improvement retailer B&Q has joined the growing list of big West of England employers who have pledged to invest in apprentices by joining the “Share to Support” scheme run by…

ONE YEAR ON: METRO MAYOR STEPS UP SUPPORT FOR WEST OF ENGLAND UKRAINE REFUGEES

A West of England Combined Authority scheme to help the West’s Ukraine refugee guests start up their own business is to be expanded, Metro Mayor Dan Norris has announced (today 23 February). Mayor Norris has secured over £260,000 from government to expand the successful West of England refugee scheme, he confirmed ahead of the first…

WEST OF ENGLAND BUS BOOST: METRO MAYOR ANNOUNCES MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has unveiled a £7 million package of bus improvements that will see buses running at “turn up and go frequencies” during rush hour on five key West of England routes; buses every 15 minutes on more main line routes that serve passengers changing from a WESTlink minibus and over 3,000 additional journey hours…

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