Bristol City Council have banned access to climbers at Suspension Bridge Buttress, Avon. This is a popular and well-established local climbing venue and the Bristol scene is mobilising to tackle the situation.
The BMC and the local BMC access representative have made contact with the Council, who have confirmed that
The Council had now banned climbing on the buttress.
There is a contract in place to ensure the prohibitive fence is maintained.
The Council intended to use security guards to patrol the site, and climbers would be asked to leave.
We explained that the BMC was disappointed in Bristol Council's position and that we could not support their actions, explaining that climbers were unlikely to adhere to the ban.We are now writing directly to Bristol Council to progress the issue, and will follow this up with a meeting.
Help regain access
Local climbers organised a petition on the Bristol City Council e-petition system. Over 800 signatures were collected in a few days.
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