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Bristol City 'East End Shed Man' becomes internet hit

Ben Swift has a near clear view of the Ashton Gate pitch. Credit: Bristol City TV

A Bristol City fan has gained supporters of his own after he was seen watching his team play, for free, from the roof of his garden shed.

Ben Swift's home sits next to the Ashton Gate Stadium. When the club's Wedlock Stand was demolished in July it left him with a clear view of the pitch.

It's earned him the nickname 'East End Shed Man' and has won a league of followers on Twitter.

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"Exciting times" for Bristol City FC

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

Ashton Gate work could start this summer

Work on the stadium could begin as early as May 2014 Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bristol City football club's majority shareholder Steve Lansdown has announced work to redevelop Ashton Gate could begin as early as this summer.

Speaking at the club's Annual Supporters Meeting Mr Lansdown said a section 106 agreement will be signed soon and provided there is no Judicial Review application work could begin as early as May.

Read the full statement on the club's website.

Decision day for Ashton Gate revamp

Ashton Gate as it is today. Credit: ITV News West Country

The decision on whether a redevelopment of Bristol City's stadium can go ahead is expected later today.

The £40 million project will go before a planning committee this afternoon. The club wants to replace two of the grandstands - increasing capacity to 27,000.

The new look planned for the stadium. Credit: Bristol City Football Club

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Club submit new plans for Ashton Gate

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.”

– Bristol City Football Club.
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Full report: Bristol City's plans for new-look Ashton Gate

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:

Ashton Gate redevelopment plans go on show

The scheme includes replacing two grandstands Credit: ITV News Westcountry

£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.

Ashton Gate Stadium plans to go public

Plans for the redevelopment of Ashton Gate Stadium will go on show to the public on June 25th and 26th.

Bristol Sport Limited announced its intention in February to consider the redeveloping the stadium as an alternative to moving to a new purpose built ground at Ashton Vale.

Both the Ashton Gate and Ashton Vale projects are running side-by-side, with a view to selcting the most viable option

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