Filton councillor in Metro Mayor bid
Published on: 16 Nov 2016
Filton councillor Ian Scott has put himself forward to be Labour’s candidate for the West of England Metro Mayor.
Cllr Scott, also a town councillor and a trade union official, said his priorities included better public transport and more affordable housing.
He said: “In terms of a Filton perspective, I am seeking the Labour nomination to be the West of England Metro Mayor because the development of Filton Airfield means that opening up Filton North Train Station is absolutely essential and residents of the West of England will benefit from new train stations right across the sub region including Horfield and St Anne’s Park on the Bristol and Bath train routes.
“The other critical issue is affordable housing and even some Tories (Milton Keynes) recognise that affordable homes targets cannot be delivered if developers’ profits have to be maintained at a certain level.
“The Filton Airfield site should be an international showcase for jobs, skills and new products in the aerospace industry and this will benefit the West of England and enable greater research with our universities.”
Cllr Scott left St George School at 16 and joined the Post Office and subsequently worked for South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council and I currently work for an Education Trade Union as a Regional Official doing union casework and negotiations.
South Glos, Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset backed the plans for a West Mayor, which would devolve power and bring the region extra funding.
After a consultation, the three authorites are expected to ratify their decision this month with a likely election in May 2017.
North Somerset rejected being part of the Metro Mayor plans.