Bedminster groups “alarmed” and “disappointed” by Tesco plansMay 28, 2009
Community groups in Bedminster say they’re “disappointed” and “alarmed” by Bristol City’s plans to sell its Ashton Gate stadium to Tesco.
The club could raise as much as £20m towards its new Ashton Vale stadium by selling the ground to the supermarket giant for redevelopment.
Tesco claims the plan could generate as many as 1000 jobs in the area, and it could also enable Bristol to host football World Cup games. Yet there is expected to be strong local opposition to the plans.
Ben Barker from the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership told Original he was “alarmed” by the proposal.
He said: “One of the things about the Bedminster area is that it has a lot of character. There are a lot of small shops.
“They’re likely to be driven out of business by a big thing like Tesco: it’s happened elsewhere. Then our area will look like every other area of the country.
“It will have the same shops, the same dominant food outlets and it will lose all character and interest. That’s not good for the community.”
He also says Tesco’s claim of creating 1000 jobs should be offset against the number of local jobs destroyed by the plans.
One trader on North Street, who didn’t wish to be named, told Original he was “deeply disappointed” by the plans but it was something they “would have to work with”.
The club is expected to put its planning application to Bristol City Council within the next few months.