Conservative councillor (2013-2016) for Clifton and Chairman, Bristol West Conservatives
Charles Lucas has had close links with Clifton all his life. He was educated at Clifton pre and his family have had connections with Bristol and Clifton for generations. (His maternal grandfather was a former Sheriff and Alderman of the city of Bristol. He was also Conservative Councillor for the Cabot ward in the 1950’s.)
Charles has lived with his wife Caroline and three young sons, and worked in Clifton for many years and has his office in the heart of Clifton village.
Charles is passionate about Clifton and maintaining its charm and character. Clifton is blessed with a stunning vernacular and heritage having been built so beautifully in Georgian and Victorian times financed by the success of the city as an international trading city. Whether you look at Brunel’s Suspension Bridge and or the wonderful buildings in Clifton we must make the most of this back drop to promote the ward and city as a whole. If the plans to refurbish the Avon Gorge hotel come to fruition we could be sitting on a World Heritage Site with a world class hotel adjacent to it and the investment from Tourism that could be brought to the city and particularly Clifton would be huge.
Charles is anxious to improve the appearance of Clifton by improving litter collections, refuse and recycling collections as well as keeping our public open spaces such as Christchurch Green and the Downs around the Observatory as well as the streets as a whole safe, clean, tidy and as an advertisement for the city. Charles also feels Clifton is often ignored by the City Council as was shown in the winter weather in December when most of the streets and pavements of Bristol were gritted but not in Clifton. This was particularly noticeable on the steep streets of Cliftonwood which were a skating rink for far too long.
Charles is very keen to hear from any resident who wishes to help him improve Clifton and looks forward to working with the people of Clifton to promote Clifton on a local and national level.
In addition he actively supports the Conservative policy to freeze Council Tax and opposes the Liberal Democrats' plans to sell off our green spaces.
Since becoming a councillor, Charles' time has been taken up with delivering the new Residents Parking Zone for Clifton Wood and Hotwells before moving on to the merged zone of 'Clifton Village' including Clifton West.
In addition to getting to grips with the way the Council works (or doesn't!), Charles has started work on the Central Development Control Committee and has joined the Sustainable Development and Transport Scrutiny Commission in order to see through delivery of the RPZ as well as BRT2.