Steve Lansdown has confirmed work on Bristol City's Ashton Gate stadium could begin as early as May. Speaking at the club's Annual Supporters Meeting he said:
We’ll sign the section 106 agreement any day now, and then we have six weeks to wait for the Judicial Review period. We wanted to give some certainty to supporters, so if we get through to March with no Judicial Review, then we will be going ahead with the redevelopment plans, starting in May. It’s exciting times
– Steve Lansdown, Bristol City, majority shareholder
We have submitted a planning application for Ashton Gate and, in conjunction with the TVG campaigners, have sought a deferral of the hearing due in October in order that we can make a considered choice between Ashton Vale and Ashton Gate once the Ashton Gate planning process is complete. This is only sensible to keep costs down on all fronts.”
The future of Bristol City's ground has been hotly debated for years. Now, in the latest development, the club has unveiled plans for a revamped stadium at Ashton Gate to be shared with Bristol Rugby.
If it goes ahead work would start next year - the famous Wedlock stand would be rebuilt and the pitch moved. The proposals are an alternative to controversial plans for a brand new stadium nearby. Jonty Messer reports:
£40 million plans to develop Bristol City's Ashton Gate home go on show to the public this week. The club wants to replace two of the grandstands, increasing capacity to 26,000. It would also groundshare with Bristol Rugby.
The club still wants to build a new stadium at Ashton Vale but the proposals are a back up in case that falls through.