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Community Rallies to Save Wedlock’s

Last Tuesday evening representatives of Bristol City Supporters Trust met with members of the local community to discuss the proposed demolition of the Wedlock’s pub and its redevelopment into residential accommodation.

Those present included local councillors, representatives from the Southville Centre and Friends of Greville Smyth (Park), and George Ferguson, esteemed architect and creator of the Tobacco Factory.

Trust Community Officer James Nicholls was enthused by the conversation that took place. ‘It was excellent to meet up again with our friends in the local community’, he says. ‘I’m delighted to report that everyone present agreed that it’s in the community’s best interests to allow the pub every possible chance of reopening and becoming a well-run, successful licensed premises. Our work starts by opposing the planning application’.

Attendees at the meeting agreed in principle to form a joint campaign to persuade the Council to reject the planning application. The Trust hopes to confirm this partnership in the coming days.

We now have three weeks to send the Council our initial letters of opposition to the redevelopment plan. It would be very helpful if as many people as possible expressed their objections by writing to: S&E Area Planning Team, Brunel House, St. George’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5HY.

On Saturday, the Trust launched a ‘Keep Wedlock’s’ petition, which those opposed to the pub’s redevelopment can sign at Southville Centre, or at Ashton Gate on match days (such as Tuesday's game against Bradford). Those unable to sign the petition in person can sign the petition on the Trust’s online petition by clicking here.

For further details about this campaign, please call us on 0117 370 6146 or write to James Nicholls either by email, james@bristolcityst.org.uk, or c/o the Ashton Gate Stadium address.

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