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City's Plans for Ashton Gate


Labour’s team in Bedminster and Southville have welcomed the announcement that Sainsbury’s has reached a deal to buy the Ashton Gate site if Bristol City Football Club are successful in its application for a new stadium at Ashton Vale. 


Commenting, Labour MP for Bristol South Dawn Primarolo said:


“This really is a win-win situation.  I have always supported City in their bid to move to a new stadium.  It will be good for the club, and good for our city.  A new stadium is vital for the world cup bid, and I’m very happy to give it my wholehearted support.  The future of the Ashton Gate site has been a significant worry for residents, and I understand their concern.  Sainsbury’s need a proposal which delivers housing on their current site, and a superstore which takes into account the views of local residents at Ashton Gate.”


Sean Beynon, Labour’s Councillor for Southville, added:


”The vast majority of complaints I have received about the redevelopment of Ashton Gate were from residents worried about another supermarket in the area, which we simply did not need.  On the face of it, these proposals make much more sense.  What’s important now is that Sainsbury’s does a better job of consulting with local people than Tesco managed.”


Bedminster Councillor Colin Smith, like Sean, is a season ticket holder at Ashton Gate.  He said:


“We will continue to try to ensure that residents have a chance to express their views about these important proposals.  As a fan I do, of course, want to see City continue to progress.  These applications will now need to be judged on planning grounds by Councillors.  I would urge everyone with an interest in the potential new stadium – whether for or against – to submit their views to the planning committee.  The committee meets at 6pm on 4 November, and residents can send statements to either democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk, or write to Democratic Services, Room 220, The Council House, Bristol, BS1 5TR.  Statements have to be received by 12 noon on 3 November at the latest.”


Labour Group Deputy Leader and fellow Bedminster Councillor Mark Bradshaw concluded:


”We will have to wait for the detail of Sainsbury's proposal, including on local traffic management and public transport links, but, if it brings much needed housing to our area, while delivering value for the club on Ashton Gate, it is certainly a much more preferable option to what has previously been on the table. On balance, it also appears to address many of the retail policy concerns.”

[29/10/09]

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