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Town Green status for Ashton Vale? Simon Cook’s dented ego.

September 17, 2010

Inspectors report is finally out for Ashton Vale Fields. Recommendation for whole site to be Town Green status has come as a surprise for the new stadium group.

Must be classed as a massive coup for the dedicated residents who’ve been under siege and staring down a dark tunnel for the last two years . They’ve worked hard to protect their neighbourhood and deserve full credit for their achievement so far.

Lots more bluff and bluster will come from the landowners who think they can do what they like.

This time they have to live with a detailed and extensive legal document-I’ve read through it and unlike the out of control Simon Cook, interpret it differently. He has to work within the law, whether he likes it or not and whatever grandiose plans he has for South Bristol and his ego. And the final paragraph of the 250 plus page document states that the council has to decide base on statutory (legal) grounds whether or not they go with the inspectors decision-not on personal interest in future development of the land or desirability of it being registered as town green.

Best get that right Mr Cook or you could have Mr Plod knocking on your door.

Ps. Hint: it would be very unusual to decide against this legal recommendation.

complete pdf of decision plus Cook Rage

  1. harry permalink
    September 17, 2010 12:00 pm

    So, the hypermarket has been rejected and the stadium site is a town green.

    All we need now is for the disposal of Alderman Moores allotments to be challenged as unlawful under UK and EU law and all three legs of the dodgy deal have gone.

  2. September 17, 2010 8:04 pm

    BCFC directors were always taking a long shot on the Hypermarket=Stadium=World Cup deal. Feel for the people and fans who’ve been duped into thinking it was fait accomplis.
    Got to hand it to Ashton Vale Heritage for calling the bluff.

  3. thebristolblogger permalink
    September 17, 2010 9:42 pm

    Anyone spotted Lansdown’s mega-girlie-whinge in the Evening Cancer?

    “I bought the land in good faith but if it loses its value because town green status is granted, then it is tantamount to theft.”

    So. Tax exile (no theft there!) buys greenbelt land that you’re not allowed to build on complains when told he’s not allowed to build on it. Surely that’s his risk? Or does he think he has a god-given right to make money?

    And anyway what “good faith” and from where was involved in buying greenbelt land that you’re not allowed to build on to build on?

    Was there some kind of deal or agreement when Lansdown bought the land? And who was it between?

    Whither Simon Cook?

    (ps. Surely there can be no more stadium cock-ups of the type Harry suggests. That would be ridiculous!)

  4. September 19, 2010 8:57 am

    The value of investments can go down in value as well as up. It is therefore important that you understand the risks and commitments.

    1 Sep 2010: Hargreaves Lansdown, Britain’s biggest retail broker, benefited from a big increase in funds under management and a more buoyant stock market

  5. Richard Lane permalink
    September 19, 2010 7:17 pm

    Then we’ll start looking at the dodgy deal for the Memorial ground planning permission.

    B B.
    Can you explain your meaning of theft in relation to tax. At best I would call it avoidance of overtaxing, because no doubt he pays a darn sight more than us, directly and indirectly.
    But then again six hundred people are employed by his firm, that’s six hundred jobs in Bristol, all taxpayers, ratepayers and contributing to our city. Shall we make them redundant?

    Without people like him and his partner generating wealth through jobs, no tax would go to the government or the city?

    I know let’s down the path of communism, that was successful wasn’t it?

  6. September 19, 2010 8:44 pm

    Crawling up to wealthy landowners is discussed in latest post. BB may have further points to make

  7. thebristolblogger permalink
    September 19, 2010 10:24 pm

    “Avoidance of overtaxing”?

    I call him a greedy bastard.

    As for employing 600 stockbrokers … That’s piss-useless for the long term health of the economy. Making things creates wealth, not graduates pressing buttons on computers in shiny offices and South Bristolians cleaning the bogs and selling programmes at a red plastic shed on Ashton Vale.

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