BRISTOL BACKS STADIUM IN POLL

Bristol City Football Club hopes of a new stadium received a major boost after nearly two thirds of Bristol residents support the plans according to a survey.

A total of 64% of those surveyed said the Ashton Vale development should go ahead, with only 24% disagreeing with the project.

City chief executive Colin Sexstone told bcfc.co.uk: “We’re not surprised by the outcome of the poll. The numbers speak for themselves; 64% of people living in the city back our plans to build a new world-class stadium for Bristol on this site.

"More than 21,000 people have already signed the City United epetition, so even before the results of this poll were published we knew about the phenomenal and overwhelming support for the stadium plans."

Planning permission was granted for the £92 million stadium and neighbouring wetlands and wildlife area by the City Council in February this year, following a three-year application process.

However, in September the Council received an independent planning inspector's report recommending that the site - half of which is a former landfill site - be given special designation as a town green scuppering the club’s hopes of a new stadium.

"The priority for us now is to press on, to find a solution to the village green challenge that works for everyone, and to make the stadium happen," Sexstone added.

"We believe that we have uncovered compelling new evidence to put before Bristol City Council before it makes a decision on village green status, but in the meantime we remain willing to talk to anyone about the site."

The development is expected to bring upwards of £150million investment to Bristol and provide more than 6,000 new jobs, all of which would increase if England wins the World Cup bid for 2018.

Posted on 01/11/2010