PODCASTS & VIDEOS

 








The fence

https://soundcloud.com/user-790397095/we-love-stoke-lodge-podcast-1-the-fence


The Risk Assessment

https://soundcloud.com/user-790397095/wlsl2riskassessment


What About the Cost?

https://soundcloud.com/user-790397095/what-about-the-cost




Cotham School worked in secret with Council officers to get the go-ahead for its plan to fence the field. When it announced the plan at the end of November 2018, it was a huge shock to the community and we had to act quickly, with fantastic support from our Councillors and our MP, to find out how this could possibly have happened. To help share the information we had at the time, we also recorded a series of podcasts to summarise some of the concerns we had about how the fence went up, the many unanswered questions about the risk assessment that apparently called for the fence and the costs involved.


How did it happen?


Our three videos let you decide for yourself, on the basis of evidence obtained under Freedom of Information rules.


Part 1: https://youtu.be/-66DIVdZEys 

(10 mins)

Part 2: https://youtu.be/5DUVV6Vdz7Q 

(8 mins)

Part 3: https://youtu.be/5sX_uV38Q5E 

(8 mins)

Let’s start at the beginning, well, the beginning for We Love Stoke Lodge.


Over just a few weeks in summer 2018, Bristol City Council performed a dramatic U-turn which allowed Cotham School to put up a 1.5km long, 2m high metal fence around the historic estate of a listed building with no planning application and no landlord oversight. 


In doing so, it turned curtilage land into non-curtilage land and declared that the security fence is 'not a structure'. What was going on behind the scenes?

Bristol City Council refused a retrospective planning application for one of the signs erected at Stoke Lodge as it was threatening and misleading. 


Despite this decision, Cotham School has not taken down two identical signs that have been allowed to remain without planning permission.


This is our podcast explaining about the signs put up by Cotham School and intended to frighten the public into keeping off of Stoke Lodge against the terms of the lease.

In March 2019 this video was put together because Bristol City Council decided that a petition signed by 4,400 people could not be heard due to potential legal challenges.  


Surely thousands of residents have the right to be heard ?

It did not prejudice any legal matters - so why did our Council refuse to listen to us?

2020: Coronavirus


Cotham School locked local residents out of Stoke Lodge Playing Fields, preventing many from safely exercising once a day within social distancing rules.

We appealed to the school to change its approach for the good of the community, and we appealed to Bristol City Council as landlord to enforce the lease and require the gates to be unlocked in this video.

What goes up...WILL COME DOWN!

THE HONK LINE SONG 

When Cotham School arrived at Stoke Lodge, without warning, to build a 2m high, mile long high security fence our amazing community came together at Stoke Lodge to protect many beautiful protected trees. So many people gave up hours on their time standing in the freezing cold, sleet, snow and rain for over 8 weeks - making a huge difference. One of the fabulous 'tree watch team' is also a great musician - listen to this !  https://youtu.be/x57Xl-K1vCUshapeimage_6_link_0

A stunning video made by a very talented Local.

Just beautiful: Vimeo

MORE TO COME!

Please take the time to watch and ask yourself:

·  Is it appropriate for a school to write to a council saying they should '...not give the community a chink to pop at'?

·  Should a council reverse a 20-year view on curtilage based on entirely inadequate and biased material provided by an interested party?

·  Has Bristol City Council retro fitted legal advice to a decision they had already made?

·  Do Bristol developers just need political clout and closed doors at City Hall to get what they want?

Floss Not Fence - 5th October 2018

Lots of Floss and fun on Stoke Lodge!


Click here to see the video

One of the first things We Love Stoke Lodge tried to do was to seek compromise solutions with Cotham School. 

As a community we are blessed with experts in areas relevant to the situation at Stoke Lodge and after much valued advice and great consideration we had our vision for the future, one that we felt would be acceptable to all. 

As with everything like this, it was a starting point for negotiations, but sadly discussions never got off the ground.

This 8 minute video sets out two alternative visions for Stoke Lodge, including some of our proposals to enable school and community sports to be played again on this beautiful site, peacefully co-existing with community use as has been the case for over 70 years.

Our Video from December ’18 highlighting WLSL compromise solutions

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