Joint statement from Bristol parent Jon Usher, the Acting Dean of Bristol Canon Michael Johnson and Cllr Asher Craig: College Green - chris bahn 2

10 Mar 2020

Joint statement from Bristol parent Jon Usher, the Acting Dean of Bristol Canon Michael Johnson and Cllr Asher Craig

A joint meeting was held this week to discuss the recovery of College Green.

As a result of the fundraising initiative #TurnCollegeGreenGreenAgain, Bristol parent Jon Usher, Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate, Wildlife Rebellion and Bristol City Council are discussing repairs needed following the march led by Greta Thunberg. At a meeting it was decided that a nominated charity would receive the monies from the campaign to be held in trust.

Jon Usher said the support has been unprecedented. “The fundraising campaign raised £15,000 which will pay for these repairs. The fact that we raised so much so quickly was totally unexpected and I’m grateful to all those that contributed their own money to the cause. I’m delighted that this new collaboration will show how Bristol can come together to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies in Bristol fashion.”

Cllr Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Communities, Equality and Public Health said: “The area is already beginning to recover and the damage has not been too serious. Further inspection is required in a couple of weeks to determine the work required and in the meantime I’d ask that people stay off College Green so it can properly dry out and recover as quickly as possible.

“We are very pleased to be working closely and positively with our city partners. A meeting with representatives of the Cathedral who are the owners of the land is planned for next week and further details of the work to be undertaken and how the money will be spent, will be available then."

The Acting Dean of Bristol (Canon Michael Johnson) said: “We are delighted and deeply touched that people have given so generously to the restoration of College Green, and we look forward to discussing ideas with our partners from Bristol City Council, Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate, and Wildlife Rebellion.”