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A platinum experience from Frenchay Museum, says Metro Mayor

If you have a right royal collection of memorabilia then Frenchay Museum would love to hear from you. The museum is putting the finishing touches to a Jubilee exhibition extravaganza and are looking for loans of commemorative mementos and to see photos and hear stories about local Royal events to build up a unique socialContinue reading “A platinum experience from Frenchay Museum, says Metro Mayor”

Metro Mayor scales new heights

Metro Mayor Dan Norris reached for the skies as he stepped into the shoes of a Victorian sailor and discovered what it was really like to be a member of the SS Great Britain’s crew by climbing up the rigging of Bristol’s most famous ship. The Mayor officially re-launched the SS Great Britain’s rigging climbingContinue reading “Metro Mayor scales new heights”

Bee Bold Day: Metro Mayor launches Bee Bold Awards

An awards scheme to showcase the very best “bee buddies” in the West of England was launched by Metro Mayor Dan Norris at Bradley Stoke-based Natracare. From shops to schools, farms to factories, in offices and warehouses, all pollinator-loving organisations across the West of England are encouraged to take part in the regions “Bee BoldContinue reading “Bee Bold Day: Metro Mayor launches Bee Bold Awards”

Bee Bold Day: Metro Mayor buzzing over Bees-niss wildflower area

Metro Mayor Dan Norris made a bee-line to an Avonmouth-based recycling and renewable energy company to see a wildflower meadow celebrating its first birthday next week. The Metro Mayor toured Avonmouth’s GENeco when launching his Bee Bold Awards. The Mayor saw the site’s new blooming wildflower meadows to see the majestic flowers there. He learntContinue reading “Bee Bold Day: Metro Mayor buzzing over Bees-niss wildflower area”

Bee Bold Day: The Bees are back in town

Beehive Yard will once again live up to its name as buzzing pollinators return there after what is believed to be over a century’s absence. Bath-based Agency UK’s officially revealed two brand-new beehives with the help of local beekeeper Martin Knight and West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris. Beehive Yard got its name inContinue reading “Bee Bold Day: The Bees are back in town”

NATURE LOSS: ENVIRONMENT WATCHDOG REPORT SHOWS GOVERNMENT DRAGGING FEET ON CLIMATE CRISIS, SAYS METRO MAYOR

A report from an independent watchdog warning of looming environmental ‘tipping points’ in the UK shows the Government is “long on talk, completely lacking in action” in tackling nature and environmental decline, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris. The first report from the Office for Environmental Protection, set up in 2021 to hold the GovernmentContinue reading “NATURE LOSS: ENVIRONMENT WATCHDOG REPORT SHOWS GOVERNMENT DRAGGING FEET ON CLIMATE CRISIS, SAYS METRO MAYOR”

QUEEN’S SPEECH SHOWS GOVERNMENT HAS NOTHING TO SAY ON COST-OF-LIVING CRISIS, SAYS METRO MAYOR

Following the Queen’s Speech this morning Dan Norris, Metro Mayor for the West of England, said: “Bills are soaring and West of England residents are feeling the squeeze. Inflation is set to hit 10%. But there is no immediate new cash for local people facing the cost-of-living crisis now. The government say it will offerContinue reading “QUEEN’S SPEECH SHOWS GOVERNMENT HAS NOTHING TO SAY ON COST-OF-LIVING CRISIS, SAYS METRO MAYOR”

DEVELOPERS’ FREE-FOR-ALL FEARED AS SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL WALKS AWAY FROM HOUSING TALKS TO SCUPPER PLANS TO CONTROL NEW HOMES

“This is a recipe for houses in the wrong place and a great day for greedy property developers” warned West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris. He was speaking after South Gloucestershire Council refused to sign up to a joint evidence-led plan on building homes across the West of England known as the SDS (SpatialContinue reading “DEVELOPERS’ FREE-FOR-ALL FEARED AS SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL WALKS AWAY FROM HOUSING TALKS TO SCUPPER PLANS TO CONTROL NEW HOMES”

GOVERNMENT WRONG TO DROP FOIE GRAS BAN SAYS METRO MAYOR

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has criticised the Government for dropping plans to ban the import and sale of foie gras from the Queen’s Speech. The so called ‘luxury’ food is made by force-feeding ducks and geese to fatten their livers. According to news reports, Cabinet ministers including Jacob Rees Mogg suggested that the move wasContinue reading “GOVERNMENT WRONG TO DROP FOIE GRAS BAN SAYS METRO MAYOR”

Roots Allotments helping Bathonians live ‘the good life’

It’s National Gardening week and Metro Mayor Dan Norris met Bath-based Roots to find out just how they’re helping Bathonians to live “the good life”. The Metro Mayor, who is running an ‘Eat Local’ campaign celebrating local produce, met friends and founders Ed Morrison, brothers Will and Josh Gay and Christian Samuels to hear howContinue reading “Roots Allotments helping Bathonians live ‘the good life’”

A pedal for change – Metro Mayor launches new e-cargo bike scheme

The West of England is pedalling its way to a greener future thanks to a brand-new e-cargo bike trial scheme from the Combined Authority led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris. From hospitals to universities, the West of England Combined Authority’s £920,000 investment will encourage pedal power with more goods and services delivered by e-cargo bikesContinue reading “A pedal for change – Metro Mayor launches new e-cargo bike scheme”

Mow problem: Metro Mayor urges locals to embrace a wilder lawn

Every flower counts, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who is issuing a rallying cry for people to give the mower a breather this No Mow May to boost flowers and the insects that rely on them. The Mayor was speaking ahead of a visit to Bath-based not-for-profit group, Curo Housing, to hear how theyContinue reading “Mow problem: Metro Mayor urges locals to embrace a wilder lawn”

BP PROFITS DOUBLE TO £5 BILLION – METRO MAYOR RENEWS CALLS FOR WINDFALL TAX

Oil giant BP’s profits have more than doubled in the past year as oil and gas prices soared for households across the West of England. The company today reported an underlying profit of £4.9bn compared to £2.1bn in the same period last year – its highest for more than a decade. The profits come amidContinue reading “BP PROFITS DOUBLE TO £5 BILLION – METRO MAYOR RENEWS CALLS FOR WINDFALL TAX”

METRO MAYOR DAN NORRIS ASKS BUS BOSSES TO REVISIT PLANS

With bus passengers feeding back that they are being left delayed and stranded after a recent timetable change, Metro Mayor Dan Norris is asking local bus companies serious questions. “We need to know if this is teething troubles or terminal?” asks the Metro Mayor. Passengers were promised a better service at a meeting of theContinue reading “METRO MAYOR DAN NORRIS ASKS BUS BOSSES TO REVISIT PLANS”

Paws with a cause: Metro Mayor meets Bristol Guide Dogs newest recruits

This International Guide Dog Day, West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris will meet a paw-fect pack of puppy trainees when he visits the newly refurbished Guide Dogs Bristol training centre in the city centre. The soon-to-be canine helpers will support 80 blind and partially sighted people across the West of England, ensuring they areContinue reading “Paws with a cause: Metro Mayor meets Bristol Guide Dogs newest recruits”

Helmets?

Speaking on the BBC’s flagship Radio 4 Today programme, Metro Mayor Dan Norris called for the government to look closely at helmet wearing for e-scooter riders and ‘strict controls’ if e-scooters are legalised.   The Metro Mayor was responding to the Transport Secretary this week confirming plans to legalise private e-scooter use will be includedContinue reading “Helmets?”

March of the inflatable robotic plants: thanks to Metro Mayor grant

A unique garden of robots which is the latest brainchild of Bristol-based “Air Giants” is about to set off on tour around the U.K.  It’s been made possible thanks to a cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris who will get a sneak peek of the exhibitContinue reading “March of the inflatable robotic plants: thanks to Metro Mayor grant”

BONKERS BUS RED TAPE

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has called on the Government to allow bus funding to be used flexibly. The West of England celebrated its bumper cash award of the “Bus Service Improvement Plan” cash last week, but the money is tangled in red tape. Specifically, none of the £105 million can be spent on saving existingContinue reading “BONKERS BUS RED TAPE”

METRO MAYOR PROUD TO JOIN LEAGUE AGAINST CRUEL SPORTS BOARD

West of England Metro Mayor and animal welfare advocate Dan Norris has joined the board of the national charity the League Against Cruel Sports and will take on the role of Trustee with immediate effect. The Metro Mayor is a life-long animal welfare campaigner. He cites the banning of fox hunting in England and WalesContinue reading “METRO MAYOR PROUD TO JOIN LEAGUE AGAINST CRUEL SPORTS BOARD”

Metro Mayor marks Royal British Legion Radstock Branch centenary

As the Radstock Branch of the Royal British Legion celebrated the centenary of its foundation, West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris planted a tree to mark the milestone. The Metro Mayor joined Branch members to plant a Rowan tree at the Miner’s Memorial Garden next to the War Memorial in Radstock following a specialContinue reading “Metro Mayor marks Royal British Legion Radstock Branch centenary”

It’s gloves off in the fight to support young Bristolians into work

Eighty Bristol youngsters will benefit from a Careers and Boxing programme thanks to a £48,000 cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris. The Metro Mayor visited Empire Fighting Chance to see for himself how the local charity punches above its weight. Founder and CEO Martin Bisp explainedContinue reading “It’s gloves off in the fight to support young Bristolians into work”

Blooming Marvellous! Community planting project ‘growing strong’, says Metro Mayor

Green-fingered Emersons Green volunteers welcomed a special helper to their innovative community growing initiative celebrating its first birthday. Metro Mayor Dan Norris marked the anniversary by digging in as he toured a community garden at Blackhorse Primary School. Over the last year ‘One Planet Matters’ has been working with over 200 people in 40 projectsContinue reading “Blooming Marvellous! Community planting project ‘growing strong’, says Metro Mayor”

Metro Mayor launches Easter egg-stravaganza at Radstock Museum

The Easter Bunny has been super busy leaving decorated eggs for youngsters to find around Radstock Museum, and has specially enlisted Metro Mayor Dan Norris and Ivy from Midsomer Norton to help seek them out. The Metro Mayor officially launched the Great Museum Easter Egg Hunt running from 9 April to 24 April at theContinue reading “Metro Mayor launches Easter egg-stravaganza at Radstock Museum”

Channel 4 News latest victim of culture wars says Metro Mayor

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norrishas slammed the government’s plans to privatise Channel 4 which they will set out in next month’s Queen’s Speech. The Metro Mayor who represents the West of England which is home to one of the channel’s key Cultural Hubs has called the decision “reckless” and described Channel 4 asContinue reading “Channel 4 News latest victim of culture wars says Metro Mayor”

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AS TOURISM VAT BREAK ENDS, METRO MAYOR URGES PEOPLE TO EXPLORE LOCAL

Metro Mayor Dan Norris is once again urging West of England residents to “Love Local” and “Explore Local” after the reduced rate of VAT for hospitality and tourism comes to an end today. It comes after the Chancellor chose not to extend the 12.5 per cent rate of VAT in his Spring Statement last week,Continue reading “AS TOURISM VAT BREAK ENDS, METRO MAYOR URGES PEOPLE TO EXPLORE LOCAL”

ENERGY PRICE HIKE: SUBMIT METER READINGS BEFORE APRIL DEADLINE, METRO MAYOR URGES

Metro Mayor Dan Norris is urging local people to submit meter readings to their electricity and gas providers tomorrow (Thursday 31 March) before the April energy price cap hike comes into effect. With energy bills due to rise by an average of 54% on Friday, the Metro Mayor is encouraging West of England households toContinue reading “ENERGY PRICE HIKE: SUBMIT METER READINGS BEFORE APRIL DEADLINE, METRO MAYOR URGES”

Metro Mayor gets in the DJ booth

West of England Metro Mayor and rookie DJ Dan Norris tried spinning some records when he visited a pioneering Bristol-based community radio station. The Metro Mayor learnt how Bristol’s Noods Radio is benefiting from a cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority when he toured the station’s HQ and popular local spot forContinue reading “Metro Mayor gets in the DJ booth”

METRO MAYOR URGES GOVERNMENT TO END ENERGY BILL CHARGE POSTCODE LOTTERY THAT SEES WEST OF ENGLAND RESIDENTS FACING 100%+ RISE

West of England residents are losing out in the “grossly unfair” postcode lottery on electricity standing charges, says Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who is calling on the Government to step in to level the playing field. According to new data released by Ofgem, the amount local people in the West will pay in electricity standingContinue reading “METRO MAYOR URGES GOVERNMENT TO END ENERGY BILL CHARGE POSTCODE LOTTERY THAT SEES WEST OF ENGLAND RESIDENTS FACING 100%+ RISE”

RELIEF FOR PASSENGERS AS METRO MAYOR SAVES 92 BUS ROUTE

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has stepped in to save the section of the 92 bus service in Bristol serving Whitchurch and South Bristol Community Hospital which was due to be scrapped by Firstbus. The West of England Mayor has confirmed that the Combined Authority which he leads will fund a service and has found anContinue reading “RELIEF FOR PASSENGERS AS METRO MAYOR SAVES 92 BUS ROUTE”

NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY ON COVID, WARNS METRO MAYOR

There were more rises in confirmed positive covid test results between 19 March and 25 March and West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris says there is “no room for complacency” in the fight against the virus. Positive cases reported in last seven days: • Bristol – 5,285• Bath and North East Somerset – 2,335•Continue reading “NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY ON COVID, WARNS METRO MAYOR”

ROOTS TO SUCCESS: BATH FARM CELEBRATES NATIONAL CITY FARM DAY

This City Farm Day a Bath-based farming charity has something special to celebrate thanks to a cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris. On a visit to the 37-acre farm situated between Twerton and Whiteway, the Metro Mayor found out how the farm is setting up trainingContinue reading “ROOTS TO SUCCESS: BATH FARM CELEBRATES NATIONAL CITY FARM DAY”

Locals tell Metro Mayor church building should be kept for Radstock community

Local people have explained to their Metro Mayor Dan Norris how a much-loved church in Radstock should remain a community asset and space for future generations rather than being “flogged to the highest bidder”. The church has been a fixture of the Radstock community for over a century, first opening its doors in 1902 untilContinue reading “Locals tell Metro Mayor church building should be kept for Radstock community”

METRO MAYOR CALLS FOR MINI-BUDGET ACTION AS HEATING OIL PRICES ‘HAMMER BLOW’ LEAVES RURAL HOMES OUT IN THE COLD

  The Chancellor should use next week’s Spring Statement to protect West of England residents who use domestic heating oil from sky-high energy bills, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris.   The Metro Mayor made the comments in response to energy costs for rural homes reliant on heating oil having doubled in just two weeksContinue reading “METRO MAYOR CALLS FOR MINI-BUDGET ACTION AS HEATING OIL PRICES ‘HAMMER BLOW’ LEAVES RURAL HOMES OUT IN THE COLD”

Food waste fix

The West of England is “stepping up to the plate” when it comes to tackling food waste, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris. He was speaking on a visit to the Southern Co-op store on Widcombe Hill to learn how a waste reduction scheme is helping customers reduce the amount of food sent to landfill,Continue reading “Food waste fix”

Bristol brewing a real response to climate crisis, thanks to Metro Mayor grant

A Bristol-based brewery celebrating 15 years in the trade showed Metro Mayor Dan Norris how they are going green and cutting their energy bills thanks to a grant from the West of England Combined Authority led by the Metro Mayor. The Metro Mayor toasted craft specialists Moor Beer when he met director Maryann Hawke forContinue reading “Bristol brewing a real response to climate crisis, thanks to Metro Mayor grant”

Metro Mayor discovers Cromhall’s wetland wonders

Metro Mayor Dan Norris was shown early data from a wastewater treatment project in South Gloucestershire to see how wetlands can help clean the West of England’s rivers. The Metro Mayor visited a biodiversity-rich wetland constructed by Wessex Water at Cromhall Sewage Treatment Works. The Cromall wetland project treats wastewater released into the nearby TortworthContinue reading “Metro Mayor discovers Cromhall’s wetland wonders”

Metro Mayor and his dog back Ukrainian pet appeal

A kind-hearted dog groomer’s campaign to help people and animals fleeing the Ukrainian conflict has received the backing of Angel, First Dog of the West of England, and her owner Metro Mayor Dan Norris. Mr Norris helped pack a van jam packed full of pet food, clothes and first aid supplies heading to Ukraine organisedContinue reading “Metro Mayor and his dog back Ukrainian pet appeal”

World Book Day

This World Book Day, Angel, First Dog of the West of England has been recreating an iconic scene from children’s classic ‘Where’s Spot?’ The day aims to encourage reading amongst children and is promoted in over 100 countries around the globe. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success. MetroContinue reading “World Book Day”

Metro Mayor joins planting as Keynsham high street works finally near completion

As planned works to Keynsham High Street reach the final phase, West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris will help plant some shrubs at the Bath Hill junction. Mr Norris said it was a privilege to mark this important moment and play a part in creating a green legacy for future generations. The improvements toContinue reading “Metro Mayor joins planting as Keynsham high street works finally near completion”

Postcards from Madagascar: Metro Mayor marks World Wildlife Day with lemur visit

Metro Mayor Dan Norris got up close and personal with a lively troop of furry creatures this World Wildlife Day as he visited a Madagascar-themed conservation exhibit at Wild Place Project. Mr Norris met Bristol Zoological Society Chief Executive Dr Justin Morris and Director of Transformation Francesca Fryer at ‘Discover Madagascar’ which is home toContinue reading “Postcards from Madagascar: Metro Mayor marks World Wildlife Day with lemur visit”

METRO MAYOR: BEE-KILLING DECISION SHOWS PESTICIDE POWERS “MUST BE DEVOLVED”

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris has slammed the Government for approving the use of a pesticide known to kill bees, saying the decision shows powers to ban the bee-killing substance should rest with him rather than Whitehall. Thiamethoxam was banned in 2018 across the UK due to their devastating impact on bee populationsContinue reading “METRO MAYOR: BEE-KILLING DECISION SHOWS PESTICIDE POWERS “MUST BE DEVOLVED””

Metro Mayor hails £150 million bus lifeline

After months of campaigning, influencing and persuading, Metro Mayor of the West of England Dan Norris has welcomed a government U-turn that will provide £150 million of funding nationwide to keep local buses running through to October. The Government has finally agreed to extend emergency covid funding which was due to end in April forContinue reading “Metro Mayor hails £150 million bus lifeline”

West of England Metro Mayor urges solidarity with Ukraine

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris has written to his counterpart Vitali Klitschko the Mayor of Kyiv to express his personal support and pass of the good wishes of the people of the West of England at this critical moment for Kyiv and Ukraine as Russian troops cross the border. The West of EnglandContinue reading “West of England Metro Mayor urges solidarity with Ukraine”

FOIE GRAS

West of England Metro Mayor and animal welfare advocate Dan Norris has reacted with anger at reports that the government is likely to drop plans to ban imports of foie gras. Jacob Rees-Mogg, who lives in Mr Norris’ West of England constituency, is reportedly objecting to a ban on imports of foie gras raising concernsContinue reading “FOIE GRAS”

METRO MAYOR URGES EXTREME CAUTION AS STORM EUNICE APPROACHES

Metro Mayor Dan Norris is urging residents in the West of England to avoid travelling tomorrow (Friday) as storm Eunice arrives. The West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris, is the regional transport authority and is working closely with bus and train companies on their severe weather plans. Residents can keepContinue reading “METRO MAYOR URGES EXTREME CAUTION AS STORM EUNICE APPROACHES”

Metro Mayor launches ‘Cultural Plan’ to put West of England on the map

  A new plan to put the West of England on the map for national and international success will be unveiled by Metro Mayor Dan Norris this week.   The West of England ‘Cultural Plan’ showcases the people that make the region great, including artists and games designers; highlights our amazing visitor attractions; and puts aContinue reading “Metro Mayor launches ‘Cultural Plan’ to put West of England on the map”

Seven Metro Mayors in Bus Warning

Seven Metro Mayors across England have warned that the government’s failure to extend emergency Covid support for bus services is on the verge of causing lasting damage. In a statement regional leaders sounded the alarm about what they called “strategic short-sightedness of the worst kind” – with bus companies sharing the blame for looming cuts andContinue reading “Seven Metro Mayors in Bus Warning”

Metro Mayor asks University of Bristol to Have a Heart for Animals

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has joined calls for the University of Bristol to drop a controversial form of animal testing called the “Forced Swim Test” In the experimenters place rats, who may or may not have been dosed The Metro Mayor, who is a long standing campaigner against animal cruelty, met Arabella Atkinson from PETAContinue reading “Metro Mayor asks University of Bristol to Have a Heart for Animals”

SPRING INTO ACTION TO FIGHT HUNGER IN RADSTOCK URGES METRO MAYOR

Radstock residents were urged to make sure that no child goes hungry this spring, as Metro Mayor Dan Norris visited Somer Valley Foodbank at St Nicholas Church in Radstock. The cost of living crisis is getting worse with inflation at the highest rate for 30 years and a record increase in household energy bills expectedContinue reading “SPRING INTO ACTION TO FIGHT HUNGER IN RADSTOCK URGES METRO MAYOR”

METRO MAYOR: 51,200 PENSIONERS IN SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COULD SEE ANY ENERGY BILL SAVINGS WIPED OUT BY TORIES’ REAL-TERMS CUT TO STATE PENSION

New analysis obtained by Metro Mayor Dan Norris shows that the basic state pension will be worth hundreds of pounds less in real terms over the next year, affecting 51,200 pensioners across South Gloucestershire. According to the statistics, a basic state pension for a person will be worth roughly £222 less in real terms overContinue reading “METRO MAYOR: 51,200 PENSIONERS IN SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COULD SEE ANY ENERGY BILL SAVINGS WIPED OUT BY TORIES’ REAL-TERMS CUT TO STATE PENSION”

NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK: METRO MAYOR CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO ADOPT LABOUR’S PROPOSALS TO CREATE 1700 APPRENTICESHIPS IN THE WEST OF ENGLAND

Metro Mayor Dan Norris is calling on the government to learn from the West of England’s apprenticeship scheme and adopt a Labour’s plan which would create 1700 new apprenticeships for young people in the West of England. The Metro Mayor currently runs his own West of England scheme encouraging big businesses that pay the apprentice-levyContinue reading “NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK: METRO MAYOR CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO ADOPT LABOUR’S PROPOSALS TO CREATE 1700 APPRENTICESHIPS IN THE WEST OF ENGLAND”

MORE TREES PLEASE! SAYS METRO MAYOR IN BATH

Metro Mayor Dan Norris inspected a ‘tree-making green factory’ as he helped to dig four soil beds for one thousand saplings. Mr Norris joined More Trees Bath and North East Somerset, a not-for-profit community group, working to protect and plant trees in the local area. Set up in 2008, they are run entirely by volunteersContinue reading “MORE TREES PLEASE! SAYS METRO MAYOR IN BATH”

OVER 90,000 BRISTOL PATIENTS ON NHS WAITING LIST

As the government warned that NHS waiting lists will not start to fall for two years, latest figures reveal that at the end of December 2021, there were 53,253 people on the waiting list at the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust and 37,264 on the waiting list at the North Bristol NHSContinue reading “OVER 90,000 BRISTOL PATIENTS ON NHS WAITING LIST”

Boost for 56 West of England families to cut sky high energy bills

Energy bills are soaring as the cost of living crisis bites, but for 56 households across the West of England there is some brighter news on the horizon.   Metro Mayor Dan Norris has secured £1 million to install new double glazing, roof and wall insulation, solar panels and heat pumps in homes across BristolContinue reading “Boost for 56 West of England families to cut sky high energy bills”

Green skills boost

Local construction and manufacturing workers will be able to boost their green skills as part of a new scheme backed by the West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris.   Staff from over 100 firms across the West of England will be equipped with the skills they need for the transition toContinue reading “Green skills boost”

Yate Park & Ride opens

The new Badminton Road park and ride site in Yate has opened today. The £4.5 million project has been funded through the Combined Authority led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris and the Local Enterprise Partnership. The new site has 198 car parking spaces plus 46 spaces for bikes and features improved bus stops adjacent. BusesContinue reading “Yate Park & Ride opens”

Metro Mayor slams Tory “Buy now, pay later” energy plan

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris has criticised the Government’s energy announcement today calling it a “Buy now, pay later” scheme that will do little to help hard up people and families. The Tories’ plan looks to lend money to energy companies to take money off bills this year, only to add that backContinue reading “Metro Mayor slams Tory “Buy now, pay later” energy plan”

Broadmead bouncing back

What’s next for Broadmead? That’s the question on everyone’s lips. After 70 years M&S has closed its doors and Covid, Brexit and the move to online shopping is hitting shops hard. But West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris learnt how Broadmead is fighting back as he took a tour of the area with theContinue reading “Broadmead bouncing back”

Ambushed by a cake

It was cake and balloons all round as West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris helped Cancer Research UK celebrate their 20th birthday ahead of World Cancer Day. Presenting a 20th Birthday cake to shop manager Martin Chandler, the Metro Mayor praised the ‘incredible work’ of Cancer Research UK in tackling the leading cause ofContinue reading “Ambushed by a cake”

Bottle Yard is booming

Work is underway on the expansion of Bristol film and TV production facility The Bottle Yard Studios into a neighbouring South Bristol industrial site, which is undergoing a £12m redevelopment funded by the West of England Combined Authority led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris that will add three new stages to the Studios’ portfolio. PlannedContinue reading “Bottle Yard is booming”

Bristol airport expansion ignores climate emergency – and will be overturned says Metro Mayor

Huge and growing public anger will see the controversial decision to expand Bristol airport being overturned by a future government Metro Mayor Dan Norris has stated. Inspectors are believed to have made their decision because the government has not developed a national airport expansion policy. Inspectors felt they could not restrict some UK airports whileContinue reading “Bristol airport expansion ignores climate emergency – and will be overturned says Metro Mayor”

Metro Mayors matter

The Government today (2 February) announced that every part of the country will be able to get a Metro Mayor like the West of England’s Dan Norris in the much anticipated Levelling Up White Paper. In a package of measures, the Government laid out a clear direction of travel to transfer more powers, responsibilities andContinue reading “Metro Mayors matter”

Gray update

Boris Johnson has said “sorry” to Parliament again today (31 January) for breaking the rules, as Sue Gray released a 12 page update into parties at Downing Street.Commenting Metro Mayor Dan Norris said:“We now know there were 16 separate gatherings with 12 of those having met the threshold to be investigated by the police. ThisContinue reading “Gray update”

STEPS TO A GREENER, FAIRER WEST OF ENGLAND

The West of England Combined Authority committee today (28 January 22) met to vote through measures to tackle the cost of living crisis, support people hardest hit by Covid and tackle the climate emergency.A new £5 million fund will target sectors worst hit by covid including tourism, hospitality, arts and entertainment. This will see yetContinue reading “STEPS TO A GREENER, FAIRER WEST OF ENGLAND”

“Operation full shelves” launched as HGV fund gets green light

A project to tackle a shortage of HGV drivers has been approved by the West of England Combined Authority led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris. Metro Mayor Dan Norris was responding to an estimated shortage of between 76,000 to 90,000 HGV drivers nationwide. The pandemic has meant 30,000 fewer HGV drivers taking tests on theContinue reading ““Operation full shelves” launched as HGV fund gets green light”

ART ATTACK! NEW CASH TO HELP CREATIVE PEOPLE GROW THEIR BUSINESSES

A talented Bristol-based cartoonist is the first recipient of a new round of grants for creative freelancers from the West of England Combined Authority led by Dan Norris. Cartoonist Camille Aubrey showed the metro mayor her skills as a live illustrator as she sketches Dan and his dog Angel in real time. Based at theContinue reading “ART ATTACK! NEW CASH TO HELP CREATIVE PEOPLE GROW THEIR BUSINESSES”

BATH COFFEE SHOP FULL OF BEANS THANKS TO METRO MAYOR’S GREEN GRANT

A Bath-based coffee house demonstrated to the Metro Mayor how they are going green and cutting their energy bills thanks to a grant from the West of England Combined Authority. The Metro Mayor visited Picnic Coffee, and heard how the coffee shop received a grant of nearly £4,000 which helped them buy a new lessContinue reading “BATH COFFEE SHOP FULL OF BEANS THANKS TO METRO MAYOR’S GREEN GRANT”

Give the West Bee-powers

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris Government has written to the Secretary of State for the Environment George Eustice to ask the Minister to grant him metro mayor powers to ban the use of a bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticide in the West of England. Just one teaspoon of thiamethoxam is enough to kill 1.25 billionContinue reading “Give the West Bee-powers”

Metro Mayor launches £1million of green innovation grants

£1 million of new investment is on offer to help the West go green, West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris has announced. The latest cash, is on offer to innovative local firms across the West of England. They can apply for between £20,000 and £75,000 to research and test out their environmental ideas. SpeakingContinue reading “Metro Mayor launches £1million of green innovation grants”

Creative sector will keep booming thanks to new courses at Boomsatsuma

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris has welcomed the news that specialist West of England education provider Boomsatsuma will offer two new degree level courses this year in visual effects and web design and development. The Metro Mayor was visiting Boomsatsuma to meet trainee actors, students studying film production and computer game art. MrContinue reading “Creative sector will keep booming thanks to new courses at Boomsatsuma”

METRO MAYOR MEETS SHADOW FOOD MINISTER AS LOBSTER LAW DEBATED IN PARLIAMENT

As a new law to prevent lobster cruelty was being debated in Parliament today, Metro Mayor Dan Norris held a key meeting with the Shadow Food Minister. The West of England’s Dan Norris called on Daniel Zeichner MP to support vital measures to protect lobsters in the food industry.  While it would be unthinkable toContinue reading “METRO MAYOR MEETS SHADOW FOOD MINISTER AS LOBSTER LAW DEBATED IN PARLIAMENT”

BBC license fee announcement is desperate deflection by Government on the ropes

“By undermining the BBC, the Government is undermining our region and our country” said Metro Mayor Dan Norris. Speaking after the Government outlined plans to freeze and then scrap the licence fee the Metro Mayor said:“The licence fee has stood the test of time for a century and now in a desperate attempt to deflectContinue reading “BBC license fee announcement is desperate deflection by Government on the ropes”

Metro Mayor steps in to avoid bump in road after government reduces pothole cash

This National Pothole Day West of England Mayor Dan Norris is pledging £125 million to tackle potholes and improve local roads. After the Government slashed road repair cash, the Metro Mayor stepped in with a £10 million top-up. The money will be handed over to Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councilsContinue reading “Metro Mayor steps in to avoid bump in road after government reduces pothole cash”

Metro Mayor meets Bristol flower pot man

Metro Mayor Dan Norris visited Ecotribe as a plant pot with a difference goes on sale in Bristol. The new pot which is made from 100% recycled fishing nets will mean that green-fingered gardeners can be environmentally green too.  The product is the brain child of Tyrone Probert founder of Ecotribo, which makes a rangeContinue reading “Metro Mayor meets Bristol flower pot man”

Design a brilliant logo

The West of England is to get its own transport logo to be used across buses, trains, e-scooters and other public transport – and Metro Mayor Dan Norris is seeking local people’s artistic talent to help design it. “Everyone knows the iconic ’roundel’ design that appears right across the London transport network. Now I’m callingContinue reading “Design a brilliant logo”

Metro Mayor sees how goat is recycling used Christmas trees

Ever wondered what happens to your Christmas tree once it’s been taken away to be recycled? On Twelfth Night, the traditional day to take down your decorations Dan Norris, Metro Mayor of the West of England took a “behind the trees” look at exactly what South Gloucestershire charity Empowering Futures do with all those WestContinue reading “Metro Mayor sees how goat is recycling used Christmas trees”

Walkies! Metro Mayor and his dog celebrate National ‘Walk Your Dog’ month

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris is grabbing a lead, wrapping up warm, and putting his best foot forward, as he and his cocker spaniel Angel kick off National ‘Walk Your Dog’ month. National ‘Walk Your Dog’ month aims to promote all the benefits of walking your dog for owner and pooch alike. FiguresContinue reading “Walkies! Metro Mayor and his dog celebrate National ‘Walk Your Dog’ month”

Ban Trail Hunting says West of England Metro Mayor

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris is calling for outright ban on all hunting including trail hunting as the traditional Boxing Day hunts take place (on 27th December due to the bank holiday). Three hunts cover parts of the West of England area: Beaufort, Mendip Farmers and Berkeley hunts.  As a stepping stone the MetroContinue reading “Ban Trail Hunting says West of England Metro Mayor”

Merry Christmas everyone

Column from Voice Newspaper It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere I go! My office has turned into a winter wonderland full of drawings of reindeer, holly and elves from talented local children entering my Christmas card competition. There is a definite chill in the air. In our local high streets like beautifulContinue reading “Merry Christmas everyone”

Winners announced in Metro Mayor Christmas Card Competition

The festive designs of budding young artists from across the West of England feature on Metro Mayor Dan Norris’ 2021 Christmas card. Youngsters from across the region have been busy with crayons, felt tips and paints to create some fantastic festive drawings. After carefully judging thousands of entries, 10-year-old Millie’s design of a reindeer lookingContinue reading “Winners announced in Metro Mayor Christmas Card Competition”

Metro Mayor slams ‘nightmare before Christmas’ as government announces 3.8% rise in rail fares.

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris has criticised the government’s announcement of a 3.8% rise in rail fares as a ‘nightmare before Christmas.’ Dan Norris said: “With inflation at a 10-year high, people are now being clobbered with yet another large rise in rail fares. This really is a nightmare before Christmas for manyContinue reading “Metro Mayor slams ‘nightmare before Christmas’ as government announces 3.8% rise in rail fares.”

Phantom lockdown causing irreparable damage to bus network warns Metro Mayor

“Irreparable damage” will be caused to the local bus service unless the government acts now said Metro Mayor Dan Norris at a meeting of the Combined Authority’s Joint Committee today. The meeting heard how 33 bus routes are under threat across the region. Emergency funding brought in at the start of the pandemic when passengerContinue reading “Phantom lockdown causing irreparable damage to bus network warns Metro Mayor”

Business booster break needed

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris has called on the government to step up and provide an urgent package of measures to support local businesses. The Mayor who has responsibility for jobs and skills say that the lockdown by stealth is crippling his local economy. Mayor Dan Norris said: “I fully support the campaignContinue reading “Business booster break needed”

Special delivery! Metro Mayor visits Patchway Delivery Office

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said a big thank you to hard working posties this at Patchway Delivery Office, as he heard first-hand about this year’s Christmas delivery operation and showed his gratitude to posties for all their hard work throughout the year. The last date for Christmas delivery for 2ndclass mail is Saturday 18 DecemberContinue reading “Special delivery! Metro Mayor visits Patchway Delivery Office”

Get Britain Boosted

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has put his full backing behind the national campaign to get all adults boosted by end of December. Dan Norris said: “Omicron is on the march far too rapidly and we need to slow the spread. The message is clear – please get boosted. We must protect our NHS and theContinue reading “Get Britain Boosted”

Metro Mayor enjoys outdoor festive fun at Dyrham Park

As schools break up for Christmas there is plenty of festive fun for all the family in the fresh air this year at Dyrham Park, near Bath. Metro Mayor Dan Norris had a chance tostretch his legs in the parkland before visiting the giant outdoor wreath bringing festive cheer and a great chance for a Christmas selfie.Continue reading “Metro Mayor enjoys outdoor festive fun at Dyrham Park”

Metro Mayor opens new treatment centre

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris saw the ‘incredible work’ a Bath-based charity does on a daily basis as he officially launched the new treatment centre for charity Developing Health and Independence. Founded in 1996 by now Chief Executive Rosie Phillips, DHI is a charity which offers a range of services; from giving confidentialContinue reading “Metro Mayor opens new treatment centre”

Bath gets k(n)itted out to mark Christmas Jumper Day

Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day returned to Bath this Friday 10 December as local people wore their favourite Yuletide woolly knits to raise vital funds for the charity. Everyone was encouraged to show off their best (and indeed worst) Christmas Jumpers at their school or workplace and donate £2 to the much-loved charity. MetroContinue reading “Bath gets k(n)itted out to mark Christmas Jumper Day”

Oh crumbs! Metro Mayor visits Keynsham cake shop for Small Business Saturday

Shopping bags in hand, West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris hit the high street to back Small Business Saturday, the national campaign to give local shops a much-needed slice of fortune. The Metro Mayor visited Crumbs of Keynsham as part of the day. Now in its ninth year, Small Business Saturday is a grass-rootsContinue reading “Oh crumbs! Metro Mayor visits Keynsham cake shop for Small Business Saturday”

Metro Mayor hails ‘unsung heroes’ as he presents Keynsham Dial-a-ride awards

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris has praised the work during the pandemic of staff at Keynsham Dial-a-ride as he handed out medals at their Christmas Party. Keynsham Dial-a-Ride was set up to help enable travel for those who are unable to access public transport, or who don’t have a bus stop within 400Continue reading “Metro Mayor hails ‘unsung heroes’ as he presents Keynsham Dial-a-ride awards”

National Tree Week

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris branched out as he planted a tree in Twerton to show his support for National Tree Week. Mr. Norris met Jon Clark and Alex Stone from the Forest of Avon Trust National Tree week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, running this year from November 27th to December 5th. ItContinue reading “National Tree Week”

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