“I welcome this period of consideration and am pleased to see signs that Bristol City Council is engaging as I asked them to. It’s no more that the people of south Bristol deserve.
“There is now a real chance to pause, reassess, and do the right thing, properly assessing the value of the Temple Meads arena plan. The process should ditch the management-speak that ran through recent consulting reports, and put people and communities first.
“We should seize the opportunity to think big, and not view this as a building project but a rare chance to invest in people and place, rebalancing the city and our economy.
“As I have made clear already, I will not support anything that makes Bristol South worse off.”