Debate into sell-off of Bristol parks and green spaces

Councillors are meeting to discuss again the controversial decision to sell off some of Bristol's park and green land spaces.

Almost 7,000 people have signed a petition opposing the Lib Dem-run authority's decision last December.

Conservative councillors have backed the petition and say the allocated 15 minutes for debate is not enough.

Councillor John Goulandris said the will of the public on a "massive issue" should be respected.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Hopkins spoke in January about amendments made to the strategy to "acquire some extra space".

'Pay for upkeep'

The plan "involves twice as much in terms of acquisition as it does disposal and we obviously need to pay for that".

"We need to pay for the upkeep of the new spaces we're acquiring," he said.

The volume of signatures collected in the petition has triggered the debate during a full council meeting.

But Mr Goulandris, who represents Stoke Bishop, said he was concerned about procedural rules which limit the length of time it can be debated.

"We've been given five minutes to present the petition and then just 15 minutes to debate it, which I don't think is enough for this massive issue for Bristol."

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