In conversation with Paul Smith, Councillor and Cabinet Member for Housing at Bristol City Council
On Tuesday 10th March we will be welcoming Paul Smith, Councillor and Cabinet Member for Housing at Bristol Council as guest speaker at our Construction Breakfast.
From 7:30am-9-30am, attendees will be able to network with other industry professionals, ask questions and hear from Paul on his experience of heading up the housing department in Bristol for the last four years. This Construction Breakfast is always hugely popular and one you do not want to miss!
In the run-up to the breakfast, our Head of Construction David Morris talked to Paul about housing issues in Bristol and his role in future planning for the city:
What are some of the greatest housing successes over your last four years?
Over the course of four years we have successfully moved the housing issue in Bristol forward. One thing that I am most proud of is having set up the Council to be a housing delivery vehicle which has changed the way the organisation is seen by the local community and property sector.
Any major challenges at the moment?
There will always be challenges in the housing sector, particularly for councils at a time when demand outstrips supply. One challenge that we have been proactively tackling is helping those who sleep on the streets find housing followed by making sure we get the right balance between building new homes and moving existing ones to carbon neutrality.
What are you excited about for the future of housing in Bristol?
Bristol is a fantastic city which leads the way in many sectors and I am very excited about showcasing new ways of living through a combination of the Bristol Housing Festival, which harnesses best practices and advanced technologies for homes in the city, and the dynamic community that works in the housing sector.
David Morris added, ‘Paul is a dynamic speaker as well as an achieving Councillor and one of our most popular speakers. He is part of the reason the local conversation has moved from ‘housing crisis’ to ‘housing opportunity’ and we look forward to hearing his latest next week.’
To secure your place at our first Construction Breakfast please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/construction-breakfast-bristol-housing-update-tickets-93251037363