Full Council - Tuesday, 14th March, 2023 6.00 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber - City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR. View directions

Contact: Oliver Harrison 

Link: Watch Live Webcast

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Welcome and Introductions pdf icon PDF 104 KB


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest

To note any declarations of interest from the Councillors.  They are asked to indicate the relevant agenda item, the nature of the interest and in particular whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest.


Any declarations of interest made at the meeting which is not on the register of interests should be notified to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion.



Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 361 KB

To agree the minutes of the previous meeting as a correct record.


Lord Mayor's Business

To note any announcements from the Lord Mayor


Public Petitions, Statements and Questions pdf icon PDF 810 KB

Public forum items can be about any matter the Council is responsible for or which directly affects the city. Submissions will be treated in order of receipt and as many people shall be called upon as is possible within the time allowed within the meeting (normally 30 minutes).


Further rules can be found within our Council Procedure Rules within the Constitution.


Please note that the following deadlines apply to this meeting:


a. Public petitions and statements: Petitions and written statements must be received by 12 noon on Friday 10 March 2023 at latest. One written statement per member of the public is permitted.


b. Public questions: Written public questions must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 8 March 2023 at latest. A maximum of 2 questions per member of the public is permitted. Questions should be addressed to the Mayor or relevant Cabinet Member.


Public forum items should be e-mailed to

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Petitions Notified by Councillors pdf icon PDF 225 KB

Please note: Up to 10 minutes is allowed for this item.


Petitions notified by Councillors can be about any matter the Council is responsible for or which directly affects the city.  The deadline for the notification of petitions to this meeting is 12 noon on Monday 13 March 2023.



Petition Debate - Save Bristol Harbour



Bristol City Youth Council Update pdf icon PDF 217 KB

Recommendation: Full Council is asked to note the update report from the Bristol City Youth Council.


Committee Model Working Group - Recommendations to Full Council pdf icon PDF 149 KB

Recommendation: That Full Council approves the matters set out in paragraphs 6 and 7 of this report.


Political Proportionality Update pdf icon PDF 183 KB

Recommendation: To review and approve the allocation of seats on committees in accordance with the statutory requirements concerning political balance and to approve the allocation of Committee Seats as set out in the report.


Pay Policy Statement 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 186 KB

Recommendation: That Full Council adopts the Pay Policy Statement for 2023/24 to take effect from 1 April 2023.

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Motions pdf icon PDF 147 KB


Under the Council’s constitution, 30 minutes are available for the consideration of motions. In practice, this realistically means that there is usually only time for one, or possibly two motions to be considered.


With the agreement of the Lord Mayor, motion 1 below will be considered at this meeting, and motion 2 is likely to be considered, subject to time.


Details of other motions submitted, (which, due to time constraints, are very unlikely to be considered at this meeting) are also set out for information.






Bristol City Council believes:


1.         Together with agency partners, we are working hard to address the causes of youth violence and trying to engage with young people to help them understand the devastating consequences carrying and using knives can have. This council believes that young people are important and recognises the positive contribution that young people make to the city. Bristol is working to support young people to make more positive choices when it comes to knife crime and youth violence. The impact of knife crime disproportionately impacts the BME communities of Bristol.


2.         Knife violence and the impact of violence has increased in recent years. The perception of the danger of knife crime, and fear for one’s loved ones has increased. In the year to end September 2022, there was a total of 1,204 incidents involving a sharp object. In that time there were 8 murders that involved a knife, constituting 42% of homicides with the Avon & Somerset area. In addition, there were 164 threats to kill, 12 attempts to kill, 33 rapes, and 597 serious assaults with a knife. [1]


3.         Injuries from knife violence increases in times of economic crisis and desperation. In January 2023, a man died in Castle Park due to knife violence, In February 2023, a woman was injured in a knife incident in Filton. One is one too many, and Bristol believes the victims of knife crime should be zero and that zero is possible.


4.         The causes of knife crime are complex but rooted in poverty and fostered by school exclusion. The solutions require cross agency working and flexible approaches.


Bristol City Council notes:


1.         The Safer Approach Strategy of 2021


2.         The Drug and Alcohol Strategy for Bristol 2021-2025 2021


3.         Bleed kits may be added to defibrillation units to provide public access in emergency situations.


4.         That our city centre public realm must be felt safe for all, with increased visibility and safety measures.


5.         That there are several areas of known hotspots in the city centre, where street furniture such as Bus stop advertisements create blind spots from view.


6.         That there are some great initiatives across our city run by people with lived experience, who are working to help our young people to avoid being groomed into causes of knife crime. However, some of these projects are unable to access formal routes of  ...  view the full agenda text for item 13.

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