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Green Party to give cash for Memorial Ground judicial review bid

About £12,000 is needed and the party has agreed to help with some costs – despite saying it was not behind the move to bring the application to the courts

The Green Party in Bristol has said it will help to pay for a judicial review into the supermarket redevelopment of the Memorial Ground in Horfield.

About £12,000 is needed by campaigners and the party has agreed to help with some of those costs – despite saying it was not behind the move to bring the application to the courts and its new leader at Bristol City Council being a director of the limited company bringing the application.

The application was submitted earlier this month by TRASHorfield Limited (Traders and Residents Against Sainsbury’s Horfield), that questions the legal basis of the planning approval.

They say the proposed new supermarket will generate unacceptable levels of traffic and air pollution in a confined, residential area, adding that more than 6,500 people signed a petition opposing the plans.

The controversial redevelopment of the ground – which gained planning approval from councillors in January – is an ‘enabling development’ that allows Bristol Rovers Football Club to build a new stadium at the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England.

The process means the club’s plans have now been put on hold potentially for several months.

In a statement yesterday, a Green Party spokesman said: “The Green Party has demonstrated its support of small businesses through its proposed retail levy, and encourages locally-sourced products and services.

“The party opposes supermarkets, which encourage globalisation, climate change and decrease the total number of jobs in the economy.

“The Greens decided at a recent business meeting to give a donation to the TRASH fundraising appeal, as a gesture of solidarity.”

New Green Party leader Daniella Radice, councillor for Bishopston ward which includes the Memorial Ground, is a director of the limited company TRASHorfield.

However, last month, she insisted that while she was a member of the group that had initiated the legal action, it was not as a Green Party member.

7 Responses to Green Party to give cash for Memorial Ground judicial review bid
  1. sherlock_hill
    November 22, 2013 | 5:22 pm

    The Radice led liars of the Green Party.Disgusting behaviour from people every bit as unsocial and selfish as Thatchers mob.The greed from the Glos Rd trader is vile.If the judge somehow goes the way of Trash-Green then it will be further proof of the law gone wrong.
    This is not going away Radice!

  2. Muller Road
    October 4, 2013 | 11:40 am

    Who are TRASHorfiled? I live right next to the stadium and none of my neighbours have a clue who they are either? How can they claim to be acting on behalf of the community without the community having any knowledge of who they are?

  3. EsmondMillion
    October 1, 2013 | 6:36 am

    stockwoodpete – noone is pretending that the new stadium didn't have a key part to play in the planning decision, but the term "enabling" is not meant in the loose sense you are using it, it has a clear legal definition.

    I'm afraid you can't use a petition to suit one moment and then ignore a petition against your cause the next. You have absolutely no idea what motivated everyone of the people who signed the petition and there are a large number of local people who would welcome the supermarket that have no interest in football. It is a matter of public record that more people supported the official petition for the stadium than supported the official petition against. Just as more councillors on the planning committee voted for the development than voted against. It is about time that some decided to accept the democratic process and the decisions made.

    • Just Sayin'
      October 4, 2013 | 1:24 pm

      "You have absolutely no idea what motivated everyone of the people who signed the petition and there are a large number of local people who would welcome the supermarket that have no interest in football. "

      Interesting statement; you state he has no idea and then declare that you know exactly why people signed.. Omnipotent much?

  4. EsmondMillion
    September 20, 2013 | 10:48 pm

    Although we all know the Sainsbury's development will provide the funds for the UWE stadium build, it is not in legal or planning terms an "Enabling Development"

    Also, the petition opposing the development presented to the Planning Committee actually had 990 signatures, whilst the one supporting the development had 1750.

    Some accuracy and balance please.

    • stockwoodpete
      September 21, 2013 | 9:07 pm

      It IS an enabling development. That term was used in the officers' report to the planning meeting, and in the minutes it says "The relocation of the stadium
      was a material consideration that should be given appropriate weighting by the Committee". A condition was imposed that no demolition should be started at the present ground, until contracts had been exchanged for the replacement land at UWE. You can't pretend that the new stadium didn't have a key part in the planning decision

      As for the petition, lets face it, 990 were opposed to Sainsburys – 1750 wanted a new football stadium.

  5. Hugh
    September 20, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Green Party. Ms Radice. Enemies of Bristol.

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