Green perspectives on Stockwood and Bristol. Mostly.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Thumbs Up for the Sainsburys Thumbs Down

Tonight saw the refusal of planning permission for a Sainsburys megastore at the current BCFC ground at Ashton Gate.

This was all the more welcome after the Evening Post's blatant attempts to sway the outcome in favour of the supermarket, the club owners, and others who want to see the city expand into yet another traffic-intensive urban sprawl to the south west.

I don't think this was the first time that the Post has featured, alongside its editorial attempts to whip up public fervour, the names and pictures of the councillors who must make the decision. It had a strong element of 'we know where you live' about it, and it's a brave councillor who stands up to that kind of bullying.

I expect they'll find a way of funding a new stadium anyway. If so, lets hope that the old Ashton Gate site gets turned into something Bristol can really be proud of. A supermarket was never going to do that.

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