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Bristol 4 Lansdown 2

July 22, 2010

Epitaph to the Ashton Gate Monster

Throwing out the monster application is a good result for the city.

Not just good news for local residents who want good air quality and local shops. But good for the city.

Because our local councillor’s have made it their job to represent the people against the vanity and ambition and power of wealthy retailers and businessmen in suits.

And the City of Bristol can hold its head up high amongst the great cities of Europe. We have put a marker down in the sand and said enough to unsustainable growth and pollution. We have said that our Europe wide commitments to clean air and sustainability are not just hollow words.

We have demonstrated to the nation and the rest of Europe that a massive unsustainable hypermarket is not the way forward for an aspiring Green Capital of  Europe.

It’s time for Lansdown to move on and bin the monster superstore.

The opportunity is there for a  lasting legacy on the stadium site-a truly sustainable mixed zero-carbon development which would be the interest and envy of the world. And Steve Lansdown and his loyal fans would gain respect from the knowledge that their pursuit of a new stadium and football success has not damaged the community that has co-existed with the club for generations.

  1. Larry permalink
    July 22, 2010 9:34 am

    Maybe – just maybe – its time to stop talking about the dream and somebody to actually deliver something. Talk is cheap.

  2. Charlie Bolton permalink
    July 22, 2010 6:10 pm

    Tess Green opposed it. Sean supported it.

    Biggest surprise to me was Derek Pickups abstention. I always thought he’d be in favour. I always reckoned some of the LDs might oppose, but didn’t think they all would.

    Result! At least for now.

    You have to question what the club is playing at. They’ve sold this line that the supermarket is vital to financing the new stadium…and yet only one of them went to the vital vote on the vital issue, along with half a dozen fans. Either they were supremely complacent, or didn’t or couldn’t mobilise their support.

    Makes one wonder how good they’d be at actually delivering a stadium, or, indeed delivering a world cup.

  3. Frozen Cutlass permalink
    July 22, 2010 6:19 pm

    I smell NIMBY.

  4. Chris permalink
    July 22, 2010 11:08 pm

    Charlie – the timing will have had something of an impact. Its much easier to mobilise your support during the season rather than when many are still taking summer holidays.

    The first team were also involved in (an albeit friendly) match last night too so I’m sure some club senior figures would have been in attendance at Torquay.

  5. harryT permalink
    July 26, 2010 4:30 pm

    Can we reclaim the term “nimby” as a good thing ? Grass roots activism is to be praised. And there is no doubt that a bunch of unpaid amateur nimbys are doing pretty well against a very large number of well paid professionals working for BCFC, Sainsburys, Ashton Vale Development Corp and Vence.

    Grass roots activitsm is by definition “in my back yard” (except in north Bristol where it is largely concerned with Gaza and Bristish Petroleum and Meat).

    It is also true that many people who want to speak out against these developments are scared to, because of the angry way in which the stadium is being promoted. Congratulations to those who went down to the council house and spoke. Lets not be intimidated by labels.

  6. Lauren Tobia permalink
    August 2, 2010 10:23 am

    Although the sainsburys may be stopped for now their seems to be a plan to put an acsess road through alderman moors allotments!

  7. August 3, 2010 8:36 pm

    I heard this as well. Stupid developers think they can do what they like.

  8. Lauren Tobia permalink
    August 3, 2010 10:11 pm

    nimby appears to be a term hurled at any local issue that is not agreed with.
    i don’t think any allotments should be destroyed wherever they are.
    we need to provide food security and less food miles …more not less allotments !
    sounds like grass roots activisim is alive and well.

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