Knowle Lib Dems


Gary Hopkins, widowed in 2014, has two daughters and four grandchildren, was born in Middlesborough and has lived in Knowle for over 20 years and was an independent financial advisor.   He has always been involved in community action and was instrumental in a resident's take over of derelict land in Nover's Park and the building of a children's playground.  He has been active in the party since 1980 acting in many capacities  and being an important influence on the rapid increase in Lib Dem seats on the Council.  Locally he was a founding member of the Friends of Redcatch Park, and of KOSAC, and is a Governor of Knowle Park Primary School.

picture of Knowle Councillor Gary Hopkins

Elected in 2002 (re-elected in 2006,2010, 2014) he has chaired the select committee on waste,  and the current waste policy for the city was developed from that.  In the First Lib Dem minority administration of Bristol City Council he was elected by the party group to take on the environment and community safety portfolio which involved waste, parks and all aspects of community safety including working with the police.  He also took responsibility for community cohesion and equalities issues.  Recycling started in earnest with a tripling in 2 years.  Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour dropped and the council started its ground breaking policy on street art.  In opposition he chaired the strategic transport and waste scrutiny commission, leading the campaign against  the PFI incinerator, and crafted the budget amendment that caused Labour to quit office. He was also a member of the Police Authority. When the Lib Dems took majority control of the city he resumed his previous cabinet role plus the transport brief was added.  In this area we are making significant progress and in the area of waste management Bristol has achieved 0% untreated waste going to land fill, bringing immeasurable environmental benefits as well as savings of £ millions of land-fill tax for the city.  With Gary at the helm the city has brought National Recognition to Bristol as the winner of "The Best Large City" in the Britain in Bloom annual awards and the designation of many Green Flag parks throughout the city, including Redcatch Park.  In 2013 Bristol reached the top accolade when it won the " Large City" award in Entente Florale - the European In Bloom competition. 

In 2014, following his excellent big majority election win at a difficult time for the party , he was voted in as leader of the Lib Dem Group on Bristol City Council.

 INTERESTS -  A keen sportsman and winner of International Medals for Ten Pin Bowling.