It looks like Bristol City’s dopey Chief Exec Colin Sexstone has had orders from big boss Stevie Lansdown to get on the offensive over their plans to build a Tesco at Ashton Gate.
So Sexstone’s called in the corporate CONsultation experts from London with a sales pitch. Lower case and apostrophe free wagstaffsdesign gush on their website:
Much of our work involves helping clients visualise major projects for the planning process so it should come as no surprise that we’ve built up considerable expertise in public consultation. Blah, blah, blah … We will ensure you get the public on side.
The result is the Support City – Support Progress website, which, it must be said, is quite a slick looking effort from old codger Sexstone.
Southville’s Green councillor Charlie Bolton has even commented ruefully on his blog:
Well, I suppose I could have hoped for the pro-Tesco lobby to remain incompetent, but looks like it won’t last
However, the main purpose of Sexstone’s little web project seems to be to get Bristol City fans to sign what he’s calling the ‘say yes to Tesco’ petition on the council’s website, the wording of which says:
At present the provision of supermarkets on the edge of south Bristol is insufficient to satisfy present demand and with population increases expected future demand.
Fair enough. But why then are around 50% of the signatories on the petition from North Bristol and South Gloucestershire? Are they all having to motor down to South Bristol to shop and then finding our supermarkets too busy?
Surely then they’re making an urgent case for a new supermarket to serve North Bristol, which they could all use and relieve the pressure on our overburdened South Bristol supermarkets they’re finding so busy?
If they actually bother to print it out, will Sexstone’s daft petition be worth the paper it’s printed on?
Better get back to the drawing board and reword that petition Colin …