MEDIATION TALKS OVER ASHTON VALE

The long running dispute over the future of a plot of land in Bristol looks set to move closer to a resolution after both parties agreed a mediation meeting.

Bristol City Football Club plan to build a new £92m 30,000-seater venue on a site in Ashton Vale but some local residents opposed the scheme and want the site to be given Town Green status. The new venue was part of England’s failed 2018 FIFA World Cup bid and will replace City’s Ashton Gate.

Deputy leader of Bristol City Council, Liberal Democrat Simon Cook, told BBC Sport: "We have to make a decision sooner rather than later whether we register this land as a town or village green.

"An inquiry has taken place and we have an inspector's recommendation. If we do not implement this we could be subject to judicial review.

"If we do implement it and register the whole 42 acres I think Stephen Lansdown [Bristol City's chairman] has made it quite clear they club would seek a judicial review of that decision."

The council already approved planning application for the stadium.

Posted on 28/01/2011