BRISTOL CITY NEW STADIUM DEALT BLOW

Bristol City Football Club’s hopes of a new £92 million stadium at Ashton Vale have been dashed after the site was recommended for use as a town and village green.

Despite the setback the Robins remain confident they can still achieve their goal of building a 30,000-seater stadium to replace Ashton Gate.

Chief executive Colin Sexstone told the club's official website: "We are naturally disappointed to hear about the report. However, it is only once Bristol City Council has formulated its own recommendation that we will be able to assess what the future holds for the stadium project.

"Bristol City Council assures us that it is doing everything in its power to find a way forward on this and until it makes its decision; it's business as usual for us."

City hope the proposed complex, that includes a hotel, restaurant and housing, will improve their chances of becoming a host city should England be successful in their bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"The Council wants to see a new regional stadium on this site as much as we do and we have every confidence we can achieve that goal together," Sexstone added.

"Moreover, Bristol City Council accepts the report has far wider implications than just the stadium and thus it is essential there is a hasty resolution to the matter.

"Registering a 42-acre development site as a Town and Village Green will have a major effect on the whole of South Bristol as it is likely to completely stifle any future investment and employment opportunities."

The final decision will be made by Bristol City Council.

Posted on 16/09/2010