Bristol City Council, Please Think Again!
Trust Petition and March - Sunday 25 July
||Following the decision by the Development Control (South & East) Committee of Bristol City Council to reject Sainsbury’s application for a relocated supermarket on the Ashton Gate site and the subsequent outcry, the Trust decided to organise a petition and a march. The march took place at the end of proceedings on Open Day and the consensus is that it was a great success. Supporters had the opportunity to express their feelings publicly and the publicity since has been extremely encouraging. |
|Cole Skuse signs the Trust petition
Live music, offered by The Music Works on the fans forum OTIB, played all day in the Winterstoke Road car park. The musicians were playing as marchers arrived from the Q&A sessions with Steve Coppell and Colin Sexstone. A few speeches to establish the mood and we were off along Wedlock Way.
It was less than 10 minutes over the level crossing, where the footbridge will be for the new stadium, then the lane alongside Colliter’s Brook to Silbury Road.
Hundreds of City fans trek along the narrow path to the new stadium site
We then entered the actual field and formed a symbolic human football pitch. A few words and jokes and it was all over – the pictures were in the can and the press interviews with marchers, which had been ongoing from the start, continued on the return.
Local BBC TV showed extensive coverage that night at 10pm and the following day. The Bristol Evening Post had a front page article the on Monday and pages 2 and 3 were also devoted to the march.
Extensive coverage in local media helps raise awareness of fans' dismay
Bristol City supporters are fighting back saying ‘Bristol City Council, Please Think Again!’ All supporters are now encouraged to sign the petition - in hard copy at Ashton Gate or online via this link. Additionally, if you have any ideas to help the campaign – let’s be having them!
Look out for further initiatives over the coming days and weeks!