Photo taken from the Memorial Ground website

Our secretary has just received information, below, about a new (blog) website that argues strongly for the retention of the existing Memorial Ground. But the site: memorialground has much more to offer, including a history of the Memorial Ground with some fascinating pictures of its earlier years . 

From: Jamie Carstairs via Campaigns by You

Hello Friends

Partly in response to continued misunderstandings in some quarters about the point of Bristol’s largest war memorial, I have started a blog site: The Memorial Ground, Bristol.

The blog site includes a short history of the war memorial sports ground, an outline of the current threats to it, and images. It is argued that this is Bristol’s most effective war memorial because it is a sports ground.

Long may the Memorial continue to be a sport or recreation ground. If the property speculators on the board of Rovers FC do not proceed with their disrespectful plan to demolish the war memorial, funds are available from the government for war memorial restoration.

It is even rumoured that Sainsbury’s might fund the building of a new stand at the Memorial Ground, with disabled toilets etc, as part of a compensation package for ending their contract with Rovers – if it is ended. A revamped Memorial Ground (if this was not an oversize or over intensive development, and if wanted by its neighbours) would be a fitting tribute to the Fallen in the centenary years of the Great War.

Meanwhile, if the current planning application here is approved, a dire precedent for unacceptably long delivery hours would be set for supermarkets all over the city. It is reasonable to allow Bristolians to get some quality sleep at night. Should residential areas, such as around the Memorial Ground, be blighted by juggernauts for 19 hours every day? Let your Councillor and the Mayor know of your concerns.

Ifs and maybes and rumours aside, please do take a look at The Memorial Ground, Bristol

No Sainsbury’s, or any supermarket, on Bristol War Memorial!

Thank you for your continued support and best wishes

Jamie Carstairs