College Green in the centre of Bristol will re-open to the public today. The city council has spent £4000 re-turfing the site after the Occupy Bristol protest finished in February.
Protesters moved onto the site last October and stayed there for three months. The Occupy Bristol protesters were part of a global anti-capitalist movement across hundreds of cities. Despite the peaceful nature of the protest the damage caused to the green was undeniable.
There were fears the repair work would cost around £20,000 but two firms stepped in subsidise the re-turfing. Gary Hopkins from Bristol City Council said there had been reports of needles and there was glass at the site.
The total costs for the work total nearly £9500. £5,376 was spent on security on the day of the eviction and fencing around as well as legal proceedings and waste cleansing. The cost of the new turf for College Green was £4000.
– Gary Hopkins, Bristol City Council
We did have some families come to us and say will College Green be safe to use afterwards. There's been reports of needles, there was certainly glass etc. We need to be 100 per cent safe. Not only that it is safe but that poeple know that it is safe
Watch the full report from David Woodland from the 14 February, the day work began to repair the site at College Green: