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BRISTOL: Save Our Bear!

We the undersigned Ursa Bear is being evicted from her home in The Bearpit. Bristol City Council (BCC) have given Ursa until January to be out, but is this what Bristolians want? We think not, and if you agree, Ursa Bear needs YOUR help.  If we gain 3500 signatures BCC will be forced to debate her eviction and potentially negotiate her survival. If Ursa Bear brings a smile to your face as she welcomes you into our city, PLEASE SIGN BELOW. She needs YOUR help.

Want to get to know Ursa?

She was created by sculptor Jamie Gillman in 2013, stands at 12ft, loves cider, and loves her role as guardian of The Bearpit, and of Bristol!

She is the product of an Arts Council grant and the imagination of The Bearpit Improvement Group (BIG). This volunteer led community group spent 10 years attempting to make The Bearpit, safe, inclusive and welcoming through art and activity. However, after struggles with the council BIG were disbanded in 2017. The Cube has already been removed and the council have ordered many of the structures - including the community performance theatre - to go alongside Ursa. Join us in saying NO to these wasteful and top-down decisions.

Ursa Bear brings smiles to our faces, she represents creativity, alternative thinking and freedom of expression. She represents community and what public space SHOULD be. Our freedoms in public space are being rapidly reduced without consultation. Take a stand, and sign today. Let us create debate about OUR rights to OUR space - AND LET’S SAVE OUR BEAR!

Watch Ursa’s creation here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEdy8ExMnGk&list=UU0tZ3HOAdgflstK4aTnfCAg&index=1


Further reading:
?If you’re interested in reduced freedoms in public space, The Guardian have run a series on the subject:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/apr/19/right-city-social-movement-transforming-urban-space

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jul/25/squares-angry-privatisation-public-space

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/aug/04/pops-privately-owned-public-space-cities-direct-action

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jul/24/revealed-pseudo-public-space-pops-london-investigation-map

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/23/anti-homeless-spikes-inhumane-defensive-architecture

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/18/defensive-architecture-keeps-poverty-undeen-and-makes-us-more-hostile

Started by: caitlin telfer

On reaching 3500 signatures a full council debate will be held.

This ePetition runs from 24/10/2018 to 13/01/2019.

4068 people have signed this ePetition.