Free Silent Disco - equipment removed unnecessarily
Reported in the Obstruction category anonymously at 08:22, Tuesday 26 May 2020
Sent to Bristol City Council less than a minute later
I'm the man behind Free Silent Disco, a regular series of free dance-based events on the harbourside. To date, I have held over 150 events in Museum Square, with endorsements from the Bristol City Council, and The Mayor of Bristol. I have received nothing but praise and encouragement from local businesses, notably Umberslade (Wapping Wharf developer), the M-Shed cafe, and The Wild Beer Company.
Since the 7th March, for obvious reasons, I have not been running Free Silent Disco, but on a cycle through the area last night, I was dismayed to see that some of my equipment has been stolen, or possibly removed by the council.
For over 3 years, I have kept the following items locked to the black railings on Princes Wharf: 22.5kg of cast iron weight plates, and 2x Kryptonite D-Locks.
I hope to understand why they disappeared, as they were essential to the running of my events (they formed an anchoring system for my headset stand). I will be happy to hear of a good reason, but considering they were stored in an inconspicuous spot, not obstructive to harbour operations, and with my contact details marked on them, it's rather perplexing. The locks were 'Sold Secure Bicycle Gold certified', and would've needed some serious power tools to break.
I would be very grateful if you can provide me with any information; at this point, I have absolutely no idea who took the equipment, and why. I will have to replace it, as a cost of over £150, which saddens me, considering I have spent over £3k of my own money on Free Silent Disco. Sometimes I loose headsets to theft, which is unavoidable given the nature of my events, but having to replace 25kg of iron and steel is not something I want to do again.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can offer me. I hope you are doing well during these difficult times.
Best regards, Naren
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