Occupy Bristol protesters want public meeting at city cathedral
PROTESTERS from the Occupy Bristol movement have asked Bristol Cathedral if they can hold a public meeting there to discuss their future.
A meeting was held yesterday between some protesters, council leader Barbara Janke and the Dean of the cathedral the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle.
The protesters, who want to hold a public consultation to discuss their tactic of camping on College Green, asked Mrs Janke if they could hold it in the council house.
When she said that would not be possible, they asked the Dean if he might be able to help.
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Dr Hoyle, pictured, told the Evening Post: "They asked if they could use the cathedral.
"I said that would be a chapter decision – the chapter being the governing body of the cathedral, made up of myself and three other clergy members as well as four lay members.
"I said I would take it to the chapter, and we next meet on Wednesday, November 30.
"But I told them there are issues with this, now that they have a history of occupying spaces."
In a statement on their website, the protesters said: "We were pleased that the Dean, indicated he would look into the possibility of using part of the cathedral building to host this meeting.
"We thank the Dean for being open to this possibility."
They said they also discussed a number of other local issues with the council, including whether their community asset transfer process is fit for purpose given that 200 council properties remain empty.
They also brought to their attention the actions of Edinburgh City Council in voting to publicly support the aims and sentiments of the global occupy movement.
The protesters have said they are willing to listen to people who have criticised their methods of protesting through the city centre camp.
They hope that a public meeting will allow them to take on fresh ideas so they can "continue to build [their] movement and advance [their] arguments without continuing to camp on College Green".