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Kathryn Godfrey looks at the strategy and transport posts at Bristol City Council...
Kathryn Godfrey looks at the strategy and transport posts at Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council is looking for two senior staff to join the newly created department of planning, transport and sustainable development.

The department has three heads of service, and Bristol is looking to recruit two of these positions - head of strategic development and head of transport operations.

David Bishop, director of planning, transport and sustainable development, explains why a new department is needed. 'Bristol has some unique opportunities over the next few years. The department will focus on these areas,' he says.

'The city has huge congestion problems, but is also a vibrant place and is really moving forward. We want to manage its growth and development in a sustainable way.'

Potentially there could be 100,000 new homes built in the area over the next 20 years to cope with the growth of jobs locally.

The two posts are very different in nature. The head of strategic development will co-ordinate strategy and work on integrated planning. The council is looking for a city development professional who will most likely have a local government background, although this is not essential.

The second post will bring together the operational services involved in the transport network including buses, traffic lights, highways maintenance and parking. In the past some of these services have been managed across the council, but they have now been brought together.

The council is looking for an experienced transport professional. Mr Bishop says: 'There are significant congestion and safety issues which need to be improved. We need an individual with dynamism and the ability to overcome problems and be able to bring people together.

'The successful candidate will work with bus companies, rail operators, and the business community to resolve some very difficult transport problems.'

The city council became a unitary authority in 1996, with Labour currently having overall control.

Bristol is one of the group of eight core cities in England, established in 1995. It is also a diverse place - five wards are among the most deprived 10% in the country, but it has the second highest gross domestic product per head in the region.

Population 380,615

Males 185,660

Females 194,955

Aged 0 to 15 19.1%

Aged 16 to 74 73.3%

Aged 75 and over 7.6%

Born in the UK 91.8%

Born in EU2.5%

(inc Rep Ireland)

Born elsewhere 5.7%


Percentage of people aged 16-74 . . .

Employed 53.2%

Self-employed 6.9%

Unemployed 3.1%

Student 11.8%

Retired 11.1%

Looking after home/family 5.9%

Permanently sick/disabled 5%

Other 3.1%


People with limiting long-term illness 17.8%

People whose health is good68.6%

People whose health is fairly good22.1%

People whose health is not good9.3%

Ethnic groups

White British88%

White non-British3.8%

Mixed race2.1%

Asian or Asian British2.8%

Black or black British2.3%

Other ethnic group1%

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