Find some way to let this plan go ahead
SURELY some compromise has to be found to allow the conversion of Bristol's General Hospital to go ahead. Granted the developers City and County want to change the agreement for affordable homes and payments to the council.
And there is a wide disparity between what they said they could afford and what they have offered. And undoubtedly the council is worried about setting a precedent if this allowed to go through.
But set against all that is the risk of a lengthy and costly legal battle. And worse still the prospect of this city landmark standing untouched and possibly falling further into disrepair while the debate rages on.
The developers are understandably angry. For they have come up with a brilliant scheme that will regenerate this whole area. Something upon which everyone agrees.
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These are an iconic series of buildings which have graced the city's landscape for more than 150 years. And the developers' scheme is both sympathetic and enlightened. It would be a tragedy if it was to be lost.
Isn't this exactly the sort of situation where an elected mayor could step in and bring both sides together and secure an agreement? If it is left to lawyers to talk to each other this scheme could be held up for years and end up costing us a fortune.