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Mayor puts boot into new stadium dithering

November 29, 2012

Now there must be a story behind why it’s taking so long for the Ashton Vale stadium enquiry to take place. The Evening Toast reports that its likely to be next October and the the new mayor is almost frothing at the mouth over the time it’s taking to get the Crail town green hearing re-heard. And the thankfully brief ex-council leader Cook expresses his outrage as though the last few years prevarication, fudge and flagrant waste of bucket-loads of ratepayers cash on failed town green battles against local residents is nothing to do with him and his World Cup vanity dream.
Everyone now knows that the council leaders at the time two years ago were outflanked by the law that recommended Town Green status for the Greenbelt at Ashton Vale and they’ve been fighting a futile rearguard with wasteful disregard for residents and the city’s finances.
And now we’ve got the undignified bellyaching and blaming of lawyers for the delays when all along its been a failure of council leaders and football club owners to recognise the reality of the original Ross Crail enquiry.
That exhaustive enquiry unequivocally recommended that the Ashton Vale green belt met all the requirements for town green status. At that point the new stadium team and the council town green haters should have bitten the bullet and moved on, the law had defended the common people from the destruction of their neighbourhood.
But no. The wealthy don’t get their wealth by backing down, the political leaders don’t get to be in power by looking weak.
And so that’s why …we’re where we are now.
Bonus point..happy ending so far…the monster Stainsburies Hypermarket has been delayed from destroying the remaining high streets of South Bristol.

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8 Comments
  1. bobs permalink
    November 29, 2012 8:47 am

    This has been a remarkable story from day one. The actual facts of what happened and the reported facts of what happens have nothing in common at all. And then politicians like Cook take their comments even further away from the truth.

    Cook is quoted today lauding Lansdown’s patience. When it is his own legal team which has caused this delay.

    The reality is that the club will most likely lose the new hearing in the same manner as they lost the first hearing – and that is resoundingly. Unfortunately, the reasons why they lost don’t reach the pages of the media and are never believed in any event by the flat earth section of the stadium fan base.

    What I’m not sure about is whether Lansdown’s team tell him the truth or tell him what he wants to hear. The problem with being a rich man, is that lawyers will always tell you you should fight on.

  2. harry permalink
    November 29, 2012 9:01 am

    Here’s a classic. Cooke states today – “It is quite extraordinary that this legal process just goes on and on and on, lining lawyers’ pockets but stifling the kind of real investment in jobs and the future of this city that we need.”

    1. The locals’ lawyers act for free. But Cook seeks to slander them.

    2. If Cook was committed to a fair process, he would recognise the chance that the locals might win (again). But no. He sees this as a process which must inevitably end with the locals losing. This shows clearly his and the Council’s misfeasance

    3. The only reason why it goes on and on is that the locals keep winning. The Council could end this very quickly by simply accepting that the locals have won. The process would then have ended years ago. The reason whjy it goes on and on and on lies squarely and solely with the council.

  3. S.A.V.E. permalink
    November 29, 2012 7:56 pm

    this is a statement on behalf of SAVE (“Save Ashton Vale Environment”):

    “The delay in reopening the inquiry until October is due to the landowners’ insistence that 10 days would be necessary for their evidence to be fully examined and responded to. Far from pressing for the inquiry to be held as soon as possible, the landowners’ lead counsel Jonathan Karas QC was unavailable for that length of time until the end of June 2013. Thereafter the school holiday period was discounted as most witnesses would be unavailable and the other parties including the Inspector were not free until October. The real unfairness here is to the local residents who must endure a second inquiry when they have already proved their case for the village green.”

  4. November 29, 2012 8:37 pm

    It’s quite obvious that the landowners have been the ones delaying the hearing.
    They’ve had plenty of opportunity to get this done by now.
    How long has it been since the council capitulated on the JR?
    The dithering dolts on the landowners team are the cause of the delay.

  5. bobs permalink
    November 30, 2012 9:02 am

    What is particularly sad is that the Landowners stalled this week’s hearing, which should have taken place in early September. They had assumed that a pro stadium mayor would be elected and delayed the hearing until after the election.

    The landowners have stalled this next stage by their own conduct that then started slandering the applicants’ legal team instead of facing the facts about their own conduct.

    But every spun story in the BEP to excite their fan base is another example of dishonesty to show to the Inspector. Do they think that the Inspector does not know what happened in the hearing ?

  6. thebristolblogger permalink
    December 1, 2012 11:07 am

    Does anyone think the Inspector even bothers to read the Evening Cancer? Nobody else does.

  7. December 1, 2012 5:13 pm

    I used to like reading the Cancer. Good old days before Internet and twatter..

  8. thebristolblogger permalink
    December 3, 2012 4:02 pm

    I stopped buying it about six months ago. The quality is now so poor it ain’t worth 45p

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