Councils could make it happen
IN response to Alan Elkan,"'Brabazon hangar idea makes sense" (Bristol Post September 4), everything he wrote makes good sense. It has good access from both the M4 and the M5 and once the Henbury loop is in place, it will have good rail access, too, especially if Bristol follows Sheffield's example and introduces tram-trains on local tracks such as the Avonmouth Henbury line.
He says that the arena does not have to be in the city centre, by which he means Bristol old town. The fact is that the Filton is nearer the actual centre of the modern city, much of which is in South Gloucestershire. That will be increasingly true as the city expands in future, because that is where the engines of growth are situated which is a feature of the geography of Greater Bristol.
As for his remark that for the old town is more convenient, that is debatable. It might be more accessible to Temple Meads, but that is all. The biggest obstacle to the hangar idea is always going to be to get Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils to co-operate on such a project with the history of petty jealousies between the two authorities. The reason that the Temple Meads site is more likely, even though it had fewer advantages, is that Mr Ferguson has the will to make it happen there and it is solely within Bristol's jurisdiction.
That is why Greater Bristol needs a metro-mayor, with the power of a figure like London's Boris Johnson, who will be above petty squabbling between the local authorities.
All The South Party