Homes not shops for these sites
I ENJOY watching football, most recently to see Rovers get their first home victory this season and I was last at Ashton Gate to see the Women's FA Cup Final at the end of the last season.
I hope that both Rovers and City are successful and I am happy for them both to get new grounds, if that is what they want, although I have to say that personally I prefer walking to a match than getting into a car and driving.
But not new grounds at any cost, because I also enjoy shopping at the local independent shops, cafés and bars on the Gloucester Road, pictured, Whiteladies Road and North Street, Bedminster. All of which are under threat by plans for two of the biggest Sainsbury superstores in the country being built if City and Rovers get their way.
As much as I want my local football teams to be successful, I want my local shopping centres to be thriving as well.
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If City and Rovers want to sell off their existing grounds, then let them be redeveloped for housing or new schools, things the community wants, not more supermarkets. And if they don't get as much money as they hope for then they should scale down their plans to the money they have got.
If I want to buy a new house I can only buy it with what I can get from selling my old house, not what I hope to get. The same applies to City and Rovers.
I hope all the mayoral candidates remember about all the local jobs and the variety of independent shops that make Bristol so distinctive being put at risk when they put their support behind plans for new stadiums.
One only has to look at other high streets up and down the country to see that once local shops are lost, they are lost forever. They should remember there are more shoppers than football supporters in Bristol.