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“PEOPLE WILL DIE”: ENERGY BILLS TO HIT £3,549 FROM OCTOBER – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

Commenting on the announcement from Ofgem today (Friday 26 August) that the energy price cap will jump to £3,549 in October, Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “The country is galloping towards a winter emergency. Local people already struggling to make ends meet will be even more worried after today’s announcement. “The government simply cannot allowContinue reading ““PEOPLE WILL DIE”: ENERGY BILLS TO HIT £3,549 FROM OCTOBER – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS”

Butterflies and mini-beasts: Metro Mayor enjoys Blaise Museum buzzy bee fun

Metro Mayor Dan Norris got ‘buzzy’ as joined Blaise Museum for a day of fun, bee-themed activities. With summer flowers now in full bloom, the Blaise estate became a hive of activity, with the Metro Mayor joining Head of Collections and Archives Ray Barnett and Bristol families for a fun day out to teach localsContinue reading “Butterflies and mini-beasts: Metro Mayor enjoys Blaise Museum buzzy bee fun”

RAISING A STINK: METRO MAYOR URGES ACTION AFTER WESSEX WATER FOUND TO HAVE PUMPED RAW SEWAGE INTO LOCAL RIVERS AND LAKES FOR “MORE THAN 565,000 HOURS”

Wessex Water spent more than 565,000 hours pumping raw sewage into the West of England’s waters since 2016, new figures obtained by Labour show. According to Labour’s analysis of data from the Environment Agency, the water firm spent 565,066 hours discharging sewage between 2016 and 2021 into the natural environment, including bathing spots such asContinue reading “RAISING A STINK: METRO MAYOR URGES ACTION AFTER WESSEX WATER FOUND TO HAVE PUMPED RAW SEWAGE INTO LOCAL RIVERS AND LAKES FOR “MORE THAN 565,000 HOURS””

BACK SEVERN ESTUARY PROJECT TO HELP “TURN THE TIDE” ON ENERGY CRISIS, METRO MAYOR URGES

The energy price crisis should lead the Government to look again at harnessing the vast tidal power in the Severn Estuary, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris. Mayor Norris backed Labour’s comprehensive plan to deal with rising energy prices announced by Keir Starmer today (Monday 15 August), including looking again at the case for aContinue reading “BACK SEVERN ESTUARY PROJECT TO HELP “TURN THE TIDE” ON ENERGY CRISIS, METRO MAYOR URGES”

A&E IN CRISIS: 7,500 WEST OF ENGLANDERS WAITING MORE THAN FOUR HOURS FOR EMERGENCY CARE – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

Over 7,500 patients are having to wait more than four hours in overwhelmed A&E departments at Royal United Hospital in Bath and Southmead Hospital in Bristol amid the worst NHS crisis on record, figures from the NHS can reveal. Shockingly, today’s monthly NHS statistics revealed over 300 had to wait more than 12 hours toContinue reading “A&E IN CRISIS: 7,500 WEST OF ENGLANDERS WAITING MORE THAN FOUR HOURS FOR EMERGENCY CARE – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS”

COST OF LIVING: END “SCANDALOUS” ENERGY PREPAYMENT PREMIUMS, SAYS METRO MAYOR

The Government must put a stop to “scandalous” premiums that poorer West of Englanders who use prepayment meters face, says Metro Mayor Dan Norris. There are over 42,700 households in the West who are ‘pay-as-you-go’ energy customers, meaning they pay for their gas and electricity in advance, either online or from credit bought in shops.Continue reading “COST OF LIVING: END “SCANDALOUS” ENERGY PREPAYMENT PREMIUMS, SAYS METRO MAYOR”

Creativity Works: First rung on creative career ladder for Bristol and South Glos youngsters, thanks to Metro Mayor cash

Lushly layered and thrilling harmonies rung out across Creative Youth Network on Silver Street as Metro Mayor Dan Norris popped in to see how a £10,000 cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority he leads has supported the next generation of creative young West of Englanders. The Metro Mayor met some of BristolContinue reading “Creativity Works: First rung on creative career ladder for Bristol and South Glos youngsters, thanks to Metro Mayor cash”

KICK IN THE TEETH: 98% OF NHS DENTISTS UNABLE TO TAKE ON NEW PATIENTS

A survey has found the majority of NHS dentists in the West of England are not able to offer appointments to new adult patients. 98% of NHS practices across the South West, including the West of England, were not accepting new patients, according to the research from the BBC and British Dental Association. The surveyContinue reading “KICK IN THE TEETH: 98% OF NHS DENTISTS UNABLE TO TAKE ON NEW PATIENTS”

RIP OFF: HIGHEST ENERGY BILL CHARGE INCREASE FOR WEST OF ENGLANDERS

West of England households are paying the most in electricity “standing” charges in the whole country, it can be revealed. Metro Mayor Dan Norris said he was urging the Government to step in after research showed West of Englanders’ are forking out more on the charge on monthly energy bills – which can’t be reducedContinue reading “RIP OFF: HIGHEST ENERGY BILL CHARGE INCREASE FOR WEST OF ENGLANDERS”

COST OF LIVING: MORE SUPPORT NEEDED FOR POORER HOUSEHOLDS, LABOUR LEADERS WARN

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has joined forces with Gordon Brown, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and other local leaders in warning that the Government’s cost-of-living support for poor households is not enough to protect them through the “most serious cost-of-living crisis in decades”. Almost all of the 16,400 people on Universal Credit across the WestContinue reading “COST OF LIVING: MORE SUPPORT NEEDED FOR POORER HOUSEHOLDS, LABOUR LEADERS WARN”

Metro Mayor urges groups to “Bee the Change” as £1 million pollinator fund launched

New grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 for West of England projects supporting the region’s bees are on offer. The new funding was launched by Metro Mayor Dan Norris at Grow Batheaston this week. Whether it is planting blooming wildflower meadows in schools, installing bee-friendly green roofs on community buildings or working hand in handContinue reading “Metro Mayor urges groups to “Bee the Change” as £1 million pollinator fund launched”

TRAINING ACADEMY TO GIVE DISADVANTAGED GROUPS “BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS” FOR WORK LAUNCHED BY METRO MAYOR

A new training academy that will support 50 people facing challenges with their mental health, homelessness, or overcoming addiction to find jobs has been launched by Metro Mayor Dan Norris. Funded by £80,000 from the West of England Authority, led by Mr Norris, and delivered by the Bath charity Developing Health and Independence, the ‘WestContinue reading “TRAINING ACADEMY TO GIVE DISADVANTAGED GROUPS “BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS” FOR WORK LAUNCHED BY METRO MAYOR”

Full steam ahead! Metro Mayor launches ‘Wickham Wednesdays’

Ever wanted to experience being a real-life Wickham trolley driver? Well now you can at Somerset and Dorset Railway as their popular Wickham Wednesdays returns. Loco-obsessed Metro Mayor Dan Norris officially launched a season of fun as he hopped aboard and took a ride in the famous Midsomer Norton vehicle. The Metro Mayor who isContinue reading “Full steam ahead! Metro Mayor launches ‘Wickham Wednesdays’”

Workers’ rights? They’re cracking! Wallace & Gromit’s makers first to sign up to Metro Mayor’s Good Employment Charter

The West of England’s first-ever Good Employment Charter was launched by Metro Mayor Dan Norris as part of a push to develop good jobs, deliver opportunities for workers to progress and help local and regional employers succeed. First to sign up is the world-famous, four times Academy Award-winning animation studio Aardman. Over 60 businesses haveContinue reading “Workers’ rights? They’re cracking! Wallace & Gromit’s makers first to sign up to Metro Mayor’s Good Employment Charter”

On track: Beeching cut set to be reversed as Bristol to Portishead train cash voted through

A cash hole in the project to reopen the Bristol to Portishead railway line has been plugged (today, Friday 29 July 2022). Metro Mayor Dan Norris called an emergency meeting of the West of England Combined Authority he leads after he and Cllr Bridger, leader of North Somerset Council, secured a promise of £15.5m ofContinue reading “On track: Beeching cut set to be reversed as Bristol to Portishead train cash voted through”

COST OF LIVING: 3,620 SOUTH WEST MILITARY VETERANS COULD BE ON BENEFITS, METRO MAYOR URGES ACTION FROM MINISTERS

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has accused ministers of failing to support West of England veterans during the cost-of-living crisis after figures obtained by Labour showed around 3.5% of all veterans, or 70,000, could be on benefits. The Government has admitted 33,800 veterans are currently in receipt of Universal Credit. But the first-time figures, released byContinue reading “COST OF LIVING: 3,620 SOUTH WEST MILITARY VETERANS COULD BE ON BENEFITS, METRO MAYOR URGES ACTION FROM MINISTERS”

Bird is the word: Metro Mayor goes wild for conservation at birds of prey centre

School’s out for Summer and parents will be looking for some great days out to keep the kids entertained. Luckily the West of England has some amazing places to visit, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who is running a regional Explore Local campaign. To kick off the Summer holls, the Metro Mayor went wildContinue reading “Bird is the word: Metro Mayor goes wild for conservation at birds of prey centre”

South Bristol residents tell Metro Mayor community space should be kept for BS13 community

Local people gathered in Bedminster Down to meet with Metro Mayor Dan Norris, explaining to him how saving a much-loved community cafe and arts space would see it go from strength and strength, as they look to raise enough money to buy the building. Zion Community Art Space has provided a lifeline for thousands ofContinue reading “South Bristol residents tell Metro Mayor community space should be kept for BS13 community”

INFLATION RISES FOR NINTH MONTH IN A ROW TO 9.4% – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

UK inflation soared to a fresh 40-year high of 9.4% last month, figures from the ONS showed, as the cost-of-living crisis deepens further for Bristolians. Inflation, which stood at 2.5% last June, has now risen for nine months in a row and the Bank of England is expecting it to peak at above 11% whenContinue reading “INFLATION RISES FOR NINTH MONTH IN A ROW TO 9.4% – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS”

COST OF LIVING CRISIS: WEST OF ENGLANDERS FACE £454 EXTRA TO GROCERY BILL – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

West of England shoppers will see their supermarket bills rocket by more than £450, adding pressure to the serious cost-of-living-crisis, according to a new report. Butter, milk and dog food are set to see the largest price hikes. Metro Mayor Dan Norris said the eye-watering hikes will leave local people struggling as he took aimContinue reading “COST OF LIVING CRISIS: WEST OF ENGLANDERS FACE £454 EXTRA TO GROCERY BILL – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS”

WE CAN’T MAGIC UP BUS DRIVERS, WARNS MAYOR, AS BUS COMPANIES ANNOUNCE CUTS

Severe bus driver shortages coupled by the withdrawal of Covid funding by the Conservative Government means local people face more bus cuts. The majority of bus services in the West of England are run commercially, with the remainder fully or partly subsidised by the West of England Combined Authority, led by Mr Norris. Of theContinue reading “WE CAN’T MAGIC UP BUS DRIVERS, WARNS MAYOR, AS BUS COMPANIES ANNOUNCE CUTS”

Feeling hot, hot, hot

Dan Norris, West of England Metro Mayor, has called on regional employers to step up protect workers as temperatures soar and the government dither. With climate change bringing higher temperatures to the UK more often, the Mayor is calling on the government to create a long-term plan. He says it’s vital to adapt to keepContinue reading “Feeling hot, hot, hot”

NUMBER OF COVID DEATHS PASSES 200,000 – METRO MAYOR DEMANDS GOVERNMENT APOLOGY

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has called on the Government to apologise to West of England bereaved families after ONS figures showed more than 200,000 Covid deaths have been reported across the UK The Metro Mayor said ministers should “address the families, apologise and ensure lessons are learned as quickly as possible” in the face ofContinue reading “NUMBER OF COVID DEATHS PASSES 200,000 – METRO MAYOR DEMANDS GOVERNMENT APOLOGY”

METRO MAYOR WARNS TORY CANDIDATES: DON’T DITCH NET ZERO

Conservative leadership candidates hoping to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister should not ditch or backslide on the Government’s green agenda, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris. The intervention from the Metro Mayor comes amid mounting fears the winning candidate will dismantle the UK’s net-zero commitments. Leadership hopefuls Kemi Badenoch and Suella Braverman have bothContinue reading “METRO MAYOR WARNS TORY CANDIDATES: DON’T DITCH NET ZERO”

JOB-READY, LIFE-READY: £710,000 CAREERS EDUCATION BOOST FROM METRO MAYOR

The West of England is “leading when it comes to careers education for young people” and could “teach the rest of the country a thing or two”, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris. The Metro Mayor made the comments as he addressed the West of England Combined Authority’s annual careers conference attended by over 90Continue reading JOB-READY, LIFE-READY: £710,000 CAREERS EDUCATION BOOST FROM METRO MAYOR

Local artists bring a splash of colour to St Pauls with new murals, thanks to Metro Mayor grant

St Pauls is already one of most vibrant areas of Bristol, but is now an altogether more colourful place thanks to a £10,000 community art project funded by the West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris. Spray-can in hand, the Metro Mayor put the finishing touches to a 3.6-metre high muralContinue reading “Local artists bring a splash of colour to St Pauls with new murals, thanks to Metro Mayor grant”

Metro Mayor and First launch West of England’s first-ever ‘tap on, tap off’ bus payments

Traveling by bus is about to become easier than ever thanks to Metro Mayor Dan Norris. The Metro Mayor has teamed up with First Bus to launch “Tap On, Tap Off” (TOTO), a simple way for people to pay for their bus travel using their contactless card or device without having to buy a ticketContinue reading “Metro Mayor and First launch West of England’s first-ever ‘tap on, tap off’ bus payments”

METRO MAYOR: PAUSE CHANNEL 4 PRIVATISATION DURING TORY LEADERSHIP CONTEST TO PROTECT BRISTOL JOBS

The end of Boris Johnson’s premiership gives Channel 4 and it’s Bristol Creative Hub a “lifeline” against privatisation, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris, and the sale of the much-loved broadcaster must be shelved while the Conservatives choose a new leader over the coming months. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, led by JohnsonContinue reading “METRO MAYOR: PAUSE CHANNEL 4 PRIVATISATION DURING TORY LEADERSHIP CONTEST TO PROTECT BRISTOL JOBS”

Top in the country: Metro Mayor hails institute boosting West of England tech skills

Metro Mayor Dan Norris marked the third anniversary of the UK’s leading technology institute currently supporting more than 800 West of Englanders gain sought-after tech skills next week. The Metro Mayor spoke at the institute’s birthday celebration event at Bath’s Bailbrook House Hotel on Tuesday at 6pm (Eveleigh Ave, London Road W, Bath BA1 7JD). Since itsContinue reading Top in the country: Metro Mayor hails institute boosting West of England tech skills

Sweet harmonies rung out across Three Ways School in Odd Down as Metro Mayor Dan Norris joined an orchestra with a difference at one of their rehearsals.

Mr Norris celebrated the achievements of the awe-inspiring ‘Three Ways School Open Orchestra’ benefiting from a £3,000 cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority he leads as he joined the young talented Bath musicians practicing for their end of year concert. Local charity Open Up Music is the brainchild behind ‘Open Orchestras’ ensuringContinue reading “Sweet harmonies rung out across Three Ways School in Odd Down as Metro Mayor Dan Norris joined an orchestra with a difference at one of their rehearsals.”


METRO MAYOR FIRST TO SEE £70 MILLION RESEARCH LAB TO DECARBONISE TRANSPORT

Metro Mayor Dan Norris got a sneak peek of a new state-of-the-art engineering centre helping decarbonise the West of England transport sector and funded by a bumper £10 million cash injection from the Combined Authority next Wednesday at 1.15pm (Newlands Lane, Bristol, BS16 7PT).  Located in the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green, the 13,500Continue reading
METRO MAYOR FIRST TO SEE £70 MILLION RESEARCH LAB TO DECARBONISE TRANSPORT

Back to School: Metro Mayor visit boosts Bristol pupils’ democracy learning

Metro Mayor Dan Norris went back to the classroom to talk with the budding politicians of Barrs Court Primary School in Longwell Green as part of a drive to learn about democracy this Wednesday at 1.15pm. Mr Norris saw how pupils have been learning about the importance of democracy and how it works when he addressedContinue reading “Back to School: Metro Mayor visit boosts Bristol pupils’ democracy learning”

Banksy’s of Tomorrow: Yate students showcase talent in heritage centre art exhibition

Metro Mayor Dan Norris is encouraging visitors to take a look at local children’s artwork being showcased at Yate and District Heritage Centre (Church Lane, Yate, Bristol BS37 5BG), this Children’s Art Week. The exhibition featuring work from 27 Yate students from Yate Academy can be seen at the Victorian stables-turned-heritage until Wednesday 6 July. WithContinue reading “Banksy’s of Tomorrow: Yate students showcase talent in heritage centre art exhibition”

Reawakening the summer: Metro Mayor gets ‘Wake The Tiger’ preview ahead of July opening

A new tourist attraction is coming to St Phillips next month from the creative team behind the popular Boomtown festival, and it might just be the perfect place to explore with children in tow this summer, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who got an exclusive preview. Dubbed a ‘fantastical experience’ blurring the lines betweenContinue reading “Reawakening the summer: Metro Mayor gets ‘Wake The Tiger’ preview ahead of July opening”

Pride of the West: Metro Mayor hails budding young engineers at awards ceremony

The winners of a competition inspiring the next generation of the South West’s top engineers has been announced. The “Leaders Awards” backed by the West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris, took place at the University of the West of England last Friday. Over a thousand pupils, aged between 4 and 18,Continue reading Pride of the West: Metro Mayor hails budding young engineers at awards ceremony

Bristol garden cultivating wellbeing, thanks to Metro Mayor grant

This World WellBeing Week, Metro Mayor Dan Norris visited a much-loved community garden that is making a real difference thanks to a grant from the West of England Combined Authority, led by the Mayor. On his visit to Redcatch Community Garden, Mr Norris saw how the £7,500 cash injection is being used to fund trainingContinue reading “Bristol garden cultivating wellbeing, thanks to Metro Mayor grant”

The big picture: Metro Mayor and his dog first to visit new outdoor photography gallery

It was take your dog to work day and so First Dog of the West of England Angel officially opened a new outdoor photography gallery. The brand-new open-air space from Bristol’s Royal Photographic Society and Martin Parr Foundation has been fully funded by the West of England Combined Authority led by Angel’s owner Metro MayorContinue reading “The big picture: Metro Mayor and his dog first to visit new outdoor photography gallery”

Just Transition: Unions vital to net-zero plans, says Metro Mayor

At a discussion with trade union ‘green reps’, Metro Mayor Dan Norris vowed to work with unions to ensure a just transition to a “greener, cleaner and fairer” West of England economy. The Metro Mayor made the comments after talks with union environmental or ‘green’ reps on embedding the green agenda in the workplace heldContinue reading “Just Transition: Unions vital to net-zero plans, says Metro Mayor”

Metro Mayor launches new Sustainability Champions programme

Two hundred eco-minded West of England workers became “Sustainable Impact Champions” helping their organisations reduce their carbon footprint, thanks to a brand-new scheme launched by Metro Mayor Dan Norris on Wednesday. The environmentally concerned West of England workers are being trained at workshops and through one-on-one mentoring as part of a wider joint £800,000 investment fromContinue reading “Metro Mayor launches new Sustainability Champions programme”

Metro Mayor meets bright young minds behind best of West of England clean tech

Metro Mayor Dan Norris met the bright young minds behind some of the West of England’s leading green tech initiatives, during the Mayor’s second Jobs and Skills Summit. The Metro Mayor met some of the skilled young engineers and entrepreneurs behind some of the region’s leading green initiatives during the indoor demonstration, as well asContinue reading “Metro Mayor meets bright young minds behind best of West of England clean tech”

NEW “VALUE FOR MONEY” BUS DEAL HAMMERED OUT BY METRO MAYOR

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has hailed an important new era for buses in the West of England after his long-term funding plan was agreed. The Council leaders of South Gloucestershire, Bath and NE Somerset, and Bristol withdrew their motion on supported buses and backed a new plan which Metro Mayor Dan Norris proposed with theirContinue reading “NEW “VALUE FOR MONEY” BUS DEAL HAMMERED OUT BY METRO MAYOR”

Brassed Off! Labour pledges to stand up for Britain’s cultural crown jewels as Conservative Channel 4 sell off undermines British values and institutions and threatens jobs in Bristol and the West of England

In an debate in Parliament today (Tuesday 14 June), Labour is calling on Conservative MPs to stand up for British values and institutions, vote to protect Bristol’s Channel 4 Creative hub and stop the Channel 4 sell off to secure the future of one of Britain’s cultural crown jewels. Channel 4’s unique public service remitContinue reading “Brassed Off! Labour pledges to stand up for Britain’s cultural crown jewels as Conservative Channel 4 sell off undermines British values and institutions and threatens jobs in Bristol and the West of England”

“ROCKET BOOSTERS” FOR TEMPLE QUARTER AS WEST OF ENGLAND SECURES £95m CASH FOR FLAGSHIP REGENERATION PROJECT

The West of England Authority led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris has signed a £95.8 million pound deal with the government to revitalise the area around Brunel’s historic Bristol Temple Meads station and St Philip’s Marsh. The Minister for Levelling Up Neil O’Brien MP, the Metro Mayor Dan Norris, Bristol City Council Mayor Marvin ReesContinue reading ““ROCKET BOOSTERS” FOR TEMPLE QUARTER AS WEST OF ENGLAND SECURES £95m CASH FOR FLAGSHIP REGENERATION PROJECT”

Talking robots transforming care sector, thanks to Metro Mayor grant

A care robot called Genie met Metro Mayor Dan Norris to explain how it is caring for the region’s older and disabled adults thanks to cash injection from the Metro Mayor on Wednesday, during Carers Week. Developed by Stoke Gifford-based Service Robotics, Genie is the world’s first “remote care” companion robot, designed to help deliver moreContinue reading “Talking robots transforming care sector, thanks to Metro Mayor grant”

Bristol Bike Project: greener than the rest, thanks to Metro Mayor grant

A much-loved community bike project celebrating 15 years repairing and rehoming unwanted bicycles explained to Metro Mayor Dan Norris just how they are going green and cutting their energy bills thanks to a cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority he leads. Born in 2008 in a back garden in Montpelier, the nowContinue reading “Bristol Bike Project: greener than the rest, thanks to Metro Mayor grant”

METRO MAYOR MEETS WALES FIRST MINISTER, HAILS PARTNERSHIP WORKING

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has met with First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford as part of an initiative to strengthen collaboration opportunities between the West of England and Wales. The meeting in Cardiff agreed to further develop the partnership between both in areas such as marine energy across the River Severn and Celtic Sea, withContinue reading “METRO MAYOR MEETS WALES FIRST MINISTER, HAILS PARTNERSHIP WORKING”

All aboard! First Bus to run £57 million Cribbs Patchway bus service

Metro Mayor Dan Norris officially welcomed First Bus aboard plans for the brand-new Cribbs Causeway to Bristol Parkway bus service. First Bus will run the new Cribbs Patchway ‘m4’ service opening in Spring 2023. Mayor Norris officially made the announcement alongside South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Steve Reade, and First’s Managing Director Doug Claringbold atContinue reading “All aboard! First Bus to run £57 million Cribbs Patchway bus service”

Bath indies boosted thanks to new Visit Somerset partnership, says Metro Mayor

Over £50 million which could support Bath’s independent shops is going into the pockets of big tech, says Visit Somerset CEO John Turner, but a brand-new partnership could begin to reverse this trend. Mr Turner explained to Metro Mayor Dan Norris just how he plans to support Bath’s thriving indies after uniting with Bath IndependentContinue reading “Bath indies boosted thanks to new Visit Somerset partnership, says Metro Mayor”

METRO MAYOR BLASTS GOVERNMENT’S CHANNEL 4 PRIVATISATION LAW

Channel 4 jobs destined for Bristol could be diverted back to London unless controversial Conservative Government privatisation plans are overturned, warned Labour’s Dan Norris. The Mayor was speaking ahead of a visit to the broadcaster’s Bristol-based creative hub where he discussed the Government’s proposals to sell off Channel 4 recently announced in the Queen’s Speech.Continue reading “METRO MAYOR BLASTS GOVERNMENT’S CHANNEL 4 PRIVATISATION LAW”

METRO MAYOR WELCOMES WINDFALL TAX ‘SCREECHING U-TURN’

Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement of a support package to combat the cost-of-living crisis funded through a windfall tax on energy companies today (Thursday 26 May), Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “I’m glad that after months of wavering, the Chancellor is finally acting to help people with spiralling bills. It’s been four and a halfContinue reading “METRO MAYOR WELCOMES WINDFALL TAX ‘SCREECHING U-TURN’”

INFLATION SOARS TO 40-YEAR HIGH AS ENERGY BILLS BITE – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

West of England households are coming under further pressure from price increases after inflation hit a 40-year-high, as the cost-of-living crisis continues to unfold across the region. The ONS said today inflation had risen to 9% in April, up from 7% in March. This is the highest level of inflation since comparable readings in 1982.Continue reading “INFLATION SOARS TO 40-YEAR HIGH AS ENERGY BILLS BITE – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS”

COST OF LIVING: TORY MPS TO VOTE DOWN WINDFALL TAX – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

Tory MPs will be ordered to vote against a windfall tax on oil and gas companies tomorrow (Tuesday 17 May) to help families struggling with the rising cost of living, with Metro Mayor Dan Norris accusing the Government of being in “utter chaos” over whether to back the proposal. A debate on last week’s Queen’sContinue reading “COST OF LIVING: TORY MPS TO VOTE DOWN WINDFALL TAX – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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?”

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 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”

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”

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”

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