DISPUTE OVER BRISTOL ROVERS’ MEMORIAL STADIUM TO BE HEARD IN COURT

A dispute between Conference Premier side Bristol Rovers and supermarket giant Sainsbury’s will be heard in court later this week.

The trial will start on Thursday and last seven days, in an attempt to settle disagreements over the redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers are hoping to move to a new venue in Stoke Gifford, three miles away, but the £30 million deal to convert their existing home into a supermarket is pivotal to the plans.

There have been protests over Sainsbury’s attempts to back out of a deal to buy the Memorial Stadium that would trigger the football club’s move to a new 21,700-seater ground, called the UWE Stadium. 

The club’s relocation was first muted as an idea back in June 2011 when plans were revealed, with planning permission at the new site being granted the following summer, but the project has since been riddled with delays

Posted on 11/05/2015