Sabotage for Packer's Field, Bristol

25.3.06
Artificial turf & CCTV cameras trashed in opposition to Packer's Field proposed development, Bristol.

"turf-war
moving along from passive resistance into the grounds of the city academy, russell town ave
It's been said don't wait because you'll wait forever [yeah! for a crack-whore or a cowboy] to do a job a renegade could do standing on their head. Another private gym? The gentrification of packer's field. Displace the poor of society then sit back and wonder why there's wanton vandalism. To show that we are more than words, because we've come to understand too well that they can be conveniently be brushed aside and ignored. This time was a considerate warning, the impact next time may dig deeper, we cannot always be so charitable, this time we thought of the kids. Stay out of our public space, get your from somewhere else. Our numbers are growing along with our confidence. We don't all acknowledge the off-side rule, Packer's field revenge"

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Bristol Evening Post article:

VANDALS ATTACK SPORTS FACILITIES AT ACADEMY

"Vandals have caused up to £100,000 of damage at Bristol's City Academy in an apparent protest against the school's plans to build sports facilities on a public open space. Intruders used bolt cutters to break into the school grounds in Russell Town Avenue, Lawrence Hill, before tearing up areas of the artificial turf on the school's all-weather pitch and spreading a solvent across the surface to ruin more areas of the playing field.

They also attacked CCTV cameras monitoring the site.

A message claiming responsibility was later posted on an internet website used by local activists [Bristol Indymedia - ed], claiming it was in "revenge" for the academy's plans to build a fence around facilities it wants to build on Whitehall Playing Fields, known locally as Packer's Field.

The message said: "This time was a considerate warning, the impact next time may dig deeper, we cannot always be so charitable, this time we thought of the kids. Stay out of our public space."

The message was later removed from the website - but not before being shown to police.

Campaigners fighting the academy's plans with formal objections and petitions have condemned the vandal attack, which has denied more than 50 community groups the use of a vital facility.

The all-weather pitch is now out of action and may have to be completely re-laid, at a cost of up to £100,000. The damage to the turf was discovered on Saturday morning.

The academy has planning permission to create two adult and two junior football pitches on Packer's Field, surrounded by an 8ft fence.

Outside organisations will have to pay to use the pitches.

A number of residents in the area say they will lose an important public space. But others say the work will improve the site."

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