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Bristol Rovers High Court battle against Sainsbury's ends - with no decision

A week-long legal battle over the future of Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium site concluded in the High Court today.

The hearing was called to settle an ongoing dispute between the football club and Sainsbury's over a land deal involving the club's current home in Horfield.

After six days the hearing finally drew to a close today, but Mrs Justice Proudman made it clear she would not make an immediate decision on what she described as an "extremely complex case".

She has instead reserved judgment until a later date.

Bristol Rovers is involved in a High Court dispute with Sainsbury's Credit Credit: ITV News

Mrs Justice Proudman, sitting in London, was told the football club agreed a deal with the supermarket chain in 2011, as part of its plans to move to a new ground on the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England (UWE).

The terms of the deal were that Sainsbury's would buy the Memorial Stadium for £30 million and lease it back to the club for a peppercorn rent until its move to the new ground was completed - at which time a new supermarket would be built on the site.

The club would use the money to finance the building of the new 21,700-seat stadium.

At the time the deal was made, the court heard, there was no planning permission or infrastructure in place, the costs were uncertain and Bristol Rovers were still negotiating with UWE.

The Club is hopeful that judgment in its favour will be made soon, allowing it to draw a line under this dispute and move forward with the construction of the new UWE Stadium and planning for next season in League 2.

– Bristol Rovers spokesman

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New Business Secretary comes home to talk jobs

The new Business Secretary grew up on Stapleton Road. Credit: ITV News

New Business Secretary Sajid Javid made his first speech in Bristol this morning, setting out new measures to support entrepreneurs and boost jobs.

Mr Javid grew up in the city, above his parents' shop on Stapleton Road, where he says he learned everything he knows about business.

He was speaking at the Engine Shed business centre at Temple Meads.

I know what it's like to have a small business and I just thought this is the perfect location to come and talk about what we, as government, can do to help. That means also staying out of their way, letting them get on with their job - that's why we spent a lot of time over the last five years deregulating.

– Business Secretary Sajid Javid

Bristol Rovers in High Court battle with Sainsbury's over sale of Memorial Stadium

Bristol Rovers is involved in a High Court dispute with Sainsbury's Credit: ITV News

A High Court judge has heard opening arguments in a week-long legal battle over the future of Bristol's Memorial Stadium site.

The hearing is to settle an ongoing dispute between Bristol Rovers and Sainsbury's over a land deal involving the club's current home in Horfield.

Mrs Justice Proudman, sitting in London, was told the football club agreed a deal with the supermarket chain in 2011, as part of its plans to move to a new ground on the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England (UWE).

The terms of the deal were that Sainsbury's would buy the Memorial Stadium for £30 million and lease it back to the club for a peppercorn rent until its move to the new ground was completed - at which time a new supermarket would be built on the site.

The club would use the money to finance the building of the new 21,700-seat stadium.

At the time the deal was made, the court heard, there was no planning permission or infrastructure in place, the costs were uncertain and Bristol Rovers were still negotiating with UWE.

Lawyers for both sides today outlined their cases to the judge, as a six-day hearing got underway.

Mark Wonnacott QC, for Sainsbury's, said the supermarket giants believes it 'lawfully terminated' the contract when various conditions were not met.

But the club's barrister, David Matthias QC, argued that the contract is either still running, or has been terminated in breach of its terms.

The hearing continues.

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Decision delayed on Bristol Rovers stadium deal

Bristol Rovers High Court battle with Sainsbury's over the sale of the Memorial Stadium has been delayed.

It was due to start today but won't go before judges until a later date.

The football club needs the £30 million deal to go through so it can move to a new home on land at the University of the West of England.

Last week the supermarket giant announced its first annual loss in over a decade.

Pounds in your pocket? ITV West Country special on how the state of the economy impacts you

Do you feel better off than 5 years ago? Credit: PA: Joe Giddens

This evening's programme will be a special programme looking at what the state of the economy means to you.

In our region over £600 million has been cut from Council budgets and we will be analysing what that means for communities and businesses across the West.

Ben Barry from Bristol earns £8 an hour, which is above the minimum wage, but a delay in a tax credit claims meant he went for months without benefits money.

Ben was referred to a foodbank which he never thought he would have to use.

Tune in this evening at 6pm for our ITV West Country special.

Residents campaign to reopen Ashton Gate station

Residents campaign for a new station Credit: ITV West Country

Residents and local businesses have launched a campaign for a new train station at Ashton Gate in Bristol.

Today campaigners stood at the site where they want the station to be placed after the old station was closed in 1964. The Department for Transport has already provided funding to reopen stations at Portishead and Pill in four years time but residents and business leaders say Ashton Gate should be reopened too.

Wiltshire Tesco closes after more than 30 years

The Tesco Metro store in Devizes closes this evening Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/

A Tesco store in Wiltshire is to close its doors for the last time this evening with the loss of more than 60 jobs. The Tesco Metro in Devizes has been serving the town for 36 years.

In January Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis announced that the company was to close 43 stores nationally because they weren't making enough money.

The Devizes Chamber of Commerce has described the closure as a huge blow to the local economy.

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