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Stainsburies given go-ahead to bugger up Glos rd.

January 18, 2013

Useless council planning committee once again vote in favour of a car dependent massive Supermarket right beside a traditional high st. No surprise really so it’s goodbye to the Memorial Ground and its hallowed turf, and its hello to the concrete and tarmac world of junk food purveyors and air quality poisoners.
The Stainsburies mafia have really hit the gold rush with the crafty old dodge of enabling argument. Poor old planning committee councillors are impotent…someone get the crazy bunch some medication. Comer and the daft bint Alexander who chaired the Ashton Gate Monster capitulation badly need that hypermarket pharmacy for their dose of Viagra.
As for the Supermarket suits ..

We also look forward to working with local people and traders on how we can work with Gloucester Road

says Stainsburies Ben Shitmann. Poor guy, cloned and brainwashed to preach the corporate BS gospel to local traders facing ruin and residents facing ruined lungs. At least they’ve offered 50 grand if the pollution gets bad.
Er ..guess what? There’s one local store that’s a winner as Glos. Rd residents head down to Marcruss stores to order £50k worth of gas masks.

  1. January 18, 2013 5:14 pm

    At least the Green Party are talking sense here and voted against the merchants of greed emporium. The rest of the turkeys who vote in favour of these retail sheds have their own agenda, which is not a sustainable city.

  2. Henny permalink
    January 18, 2013 6:28 pm

    Steve Comer listed online as a Rover’s fan, yet no declaration? Even Rovers forum were puzzled by this

  3. thebristolblogger permalink
    January 19, 2013 1:46 am

    Holding a season ticket is definitely a recognised conflict of interest. Not sure about admitting you’re a fan though.

  4. January 19, 2013 12:29 pm

    According to BCC’s register of members’ interests, Steve Comer’s entry lists “70 shares in Bristol Rovers (1883) Ltd (nominal value 10p each)”. Should he even have been allowed to vote? I think not.

  5. thebristolblogger permalink
    January 19, 2013 10:36 pm

    I don’t think they bother worrying about conflicts of interests at BCC. The new Director of Property Services, Robert Orrett, who’s going to sell off their real estate is also a consultant for property firm BNP Paribas!

  6. January 20, 2013 1:14 am

    Looks like the planning decision was yet another stitch up job then.
    Stains buries and the odd bent councillor make a mockery of the planning system.

  7. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    January 20, 2013 1:41 pm

    The lesson is to never leave anything in memorial to those brave souls who gave their lives fighting for this once great country. When there’s money to be made, some don’t give a shit. Shame on those who allowed this to happen. Just as culpable as those who did the dirty deed!

  8. January 21, 2013 10:04 am

    Someone called Markthis has commented on one of the Sainburys/Memorial Ground stories in the Bristol Post as follows:

    “Somewhere in the Bristol City Council archives is a file. In it is the agreement signed between Bristol Rugby Club and Bristol Council which stipulates that should the Rugby Club ever cease to exist the ground (which was once allotments) would revert to City Council ownership as a community sports field. It must be true because it was reported in the Wesern Daily Press in 1921.

    Surely our Council cannot be so inept that they have lost the evidence? or is it simply complacency in support of the club? Come on Mr Pickles; we need you to start asking some awkward questions; the Rugby fans need to know.”

    Does anyone know whether this is true or not?

    If so, it won’t be the first time the council has ignored legal agreements regarding land entrusted to its “care”. Readers with long memories might recall Packer’s Field in Whitehall.

  9. Richard Lane permalink
    January 21, 2013 9:42 pm

    I have been told that, the Deeds which had a covenant attached to them regarding the Trust were lost. I believe this happened sometime after Mr Dunford took his 50% share of the rugby ground for the princely sum of £10,000. Strange that, eh!.

  10. January 22, 2013 9:46 am

    Losing deeds is a bit careless. Must then have been an application to land registry to prove ownership before Duncefords flogged off Bristols Memorial heritage playing fields.

  11. harryT permalink
    January 23, 2013 8:25 am

    This was written in the comments of Ben Mitchell’s blog.

    Anonymous21 January 2013 11:48

    I live in Upper Knowle. Community spirit vanished here when Tesco & then Sainsburys opened. Our neighbours started to drive there. They literally stopped walking along the street, existing acquaintances have become just a wave through a windscreen – and only dog walkers remain to acknowledge on a regular basis. When it snows, most peoples reaction is – “How am I going to get the car out?” Looking up my street, some people have cleared a bit of pavement to the door of their car – but thats about it.
    We don’t know the people around us anymore. I’ve watched the occupants of our street ( which is a steep hill) cope with several very difficult winters with barely a comment to each other, as we are now unfamiliar with one another. Having all our facilities relocated away from neighbourhoods has removed opportunity for unorganised social interaction.

  12. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    January 23, 2013 11:14 am

    I thought there was an objection by Bris supporters over the £10k farce with lawyers involved. Would there not be a record of this, which may throw more light on what went on. At a Bris trust meeting on “old boy” said the reason the Stadium Co. won was because they could afford to pay for lawyers, something the fans could not do!

  13. Richard Lane permalink
    January 23, 2013 11:26 pm

    Purchasers can take out an insurance against the likelyhood of the original deeds resurfacing. Of course if you are the person that’s “lost” them, that resurfacing would not ever occur.

    There are numerous reasons why we don’t all shop in the high street, don’t all work in one area anymore, don’t send our kids to the local school and have to pick up or drop off various members of the family to different areas around the region. It’s too simplistic to blame the supermarkets for the demise of the high street. If they weren’t providing what people wanted, which I can only assume is to make their life easier, then they would not exist.


    I am aware of some of the things that went on during the transfer process. Evidently, as a sweetener, some land that borders RR at Filton was also transferred.
    Though I’m sure it was all above board.

    One thing that puzzled me, was a quote from Dunford stating that the real estate value of the whole site was £6m, yet they bought a 50% stake in the memorial stadium company for £2m, (the figure the then chairman was owed by the rugby club). So when Bristol Rugby went bust, which they were bound to do because none of the proceeds went to them, they effectively bought £3m of land for £10,000. By selling it at a down valued rate of £10,000, weren’t they also getting away without paying the correct stamp duty or other form of tax, which would be payable to the government, as well as taxes on the down valued original purchase?

  14. Bobs permalink
    January 24, 2013 6:01 pm

    Typical Richard Lane. Do they pay you to post in support of mass supermarkets or do you just hate all communities? None of your “other” reasons are true or stack up at all. There is no coincidence that high streets have gone as have communities whilst supermarkets have prospered.

    All those who have lied and propagandised for their football club should be ashamed. It is no surprise that support for both clubs is at a historic low

  15. harryT permalink
    January 24, 2013 6:52 pm

    Hey Richard

    Your mate Pip Sheard has been appointed by the Mayor to the Bristol Transport Advisory Committee. Not sure the BRT will reach your favourite bit of agricultural greenbelt now!

  16. January 24, 2013 10:11 pm

    The dealing at the Memorial ground is the wrong side of dodgy.
    Same difference at Ashton Gate where Cooks the Council gives the super rich owner £5 million quids worth of ratepayers real estate at the supermarkets overinflated price. That sweaty gymnasium dodgy deal must be binned and the land sold at cash price…go to pay off the deficit.
    Supermarket greed merchant target flourishing high streets, then force out local independents by predatory pricing and loss leaders. Even Mr Lane knows this zzzzzzzz

  17. Richard Lane permalink
    January 24, 2013 10:42 pm

    Typical Bobs, making stupid claims about me being paid by one or another organisation.

    I don’tknow where you get your facts from but support is not at an all time low, this is just something else you’ve invented to have a dig.
    Everything I’ve said and an awful lot more have had an effect on the High Street.

    You unfortunately, will not accept that, because of your inbuilt bitterness. I think you should get yourself sectioned if you don’t admit that people send their kids to the school of thier choice rather than the local one, out of ease, that they don’t all work in the same area as they live, or drop people off in various other areas for work eucation or leisure. To think otherwise as you do, leaves you sounding even more stupid than you must be in real life.

    I always thought that Pip “No Transport for greater Bristol” would have a role in Georges council, how else would he get the greens on board and pacify his daughter. Actually I’m not in favour of the BRT, I’d much prefer the line opened for trains, if you go back through my posts you’d see that.

    Sacred spring

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz indeed, change the record.

  18. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    January 25, 2013 1:50 pm

    Richard makes some interesting points about Mem. dealings. Surely better to pick up on those than go back to the old “mud slinging” just for the sake. It seems it’s not only Starbucks who have interesting tax affairs.

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