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Pupils discuss Bristol's future with city mayor

Published on 18/11/14

THE future is bright for Bristol’s young people, pupils at Orchard School were assured during a visit from the city mayor, George Ferguson. 

THE future is bright for Bristol’s young people, pupils at Orchard School were assured during a visit from the city mayor, George Ferguson. 
 
Students, from all different year groups, gathered around the mayor in Orchard School’s library to ask wide-ranging questions about his role as mayor, and how he sees the city in 10 years time.  
 
Other topics discussed were transport, policing, city developments and the environment. 
 
Orchard School was one of several places that the mayor visited across Horfield and Lockleaze in north Bristol to discuss local issues.  
 
Mayor Ferguson said that he wants a “healthier, fairer and greener city, with better opportunities for all” – and this will be created by taking the right decisions for the future, not just for now. 
 
Speaking of Bristol being awarded ‘Green Capital’ in 2015, he added that the city can act as a “catalyst for change”, showing other cities how to be more environmentally friendly. 
 
He said: “It’s the decisions made within our cities that determines what our world will be like.” 
 
The mayor also informed students about the highs and lows of his job, saying that although it is a “fantastic job”, he does receive a lot of knocks, such as people shouting at him. 
 
When quizzed about how he sees Orchard pupils fitting into Bristol’s future, and what types of jobs will be available, he responded that there are “lots of entrepreneurs” starting up businesses, which are largely benefitting local communities. 
 
Mayor Ferguson said: “I see the future being very bright for the city’s young people.”
 
He added that younger people are less fearful of change and he urged the students to get involved in his youth committees.