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D-Day for Rovers' stadium plans: full report

A decision on whether a giant supermarket can be built at the home of Bristol Rovers is expected later this evening. It's crucial to the football club's intended move to a new ground in South Gloucestershire.

Sainsburys applied to redevelop the Memorial Stadium- which has been recommended for approval. But, as Richard Payne reports, there's significant objection:

Tonight's the night for Bristol Rovers

Bristol City Council will decide Bristol Rovers' fate this evening Credit: ITV WEST

Bristol City Council will decide tonight whether to allow a Sainsbury's store and over 60 homes to be built on the site of the Memorial Stadium.

Bristol Rovers want to demolish it and build a new ground in South Gloucestershire. The plans have been recommended for approval.

Ashton Vale town green inquiry delayed

A decision on whether land in Bristol should be made into a village green has been delayed for a year.

The application for the green at Ashton Vale has been submitted to Bristol City Council. Bristol City Football Club want to build a new 30,000 seat stadium there.

An independent inspector overseeing the inquiry met with representatives from both sides of the dispute yesterday.

Having listened to representations about the arrangements for this inquiry, the earliest date identified yesterday for it to re-convene was 7th October 2013.

As this date would mean a further year or more of uncertainty and indecision, the newly-elected Mayor of Bristol has today called publicly on all parties to urgently reconsider the matter, in the public interest, and to come back before the end of this week with fresh proposals to ensure that the inquiry is instead completed early in the New Year.

– Bristol City Council spokesperson


Bristol Council urged to oppose regional pay

Bristol Council Offices on College Green Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Labour councillors will today urge Bristol City Council to oppose regional pay.

They say reducing the pay of more than sixty thousand public sector workers in Bristol could damage the local economy. The New Economics Foundation say regional pay could cost the South West more than twelve thousand jobs.

Bristol City Council refer dispute over Ashton Vale to independent inspector

Bristol City Council has today confirmed that it will be referring back the matter of whether or not the disputed land in Ashton Vale should become registered as a Town and Village Green to the original expert independent inspector, barrister Ross Crail.

A planned High Court hearing over the disputed future use of the land at Ashton Vale had been dropped after an 11th-hour agreement, last month. The Council has since been consulting on how best to refer the matter to an independent inspector.

The independent inspector will review the matter and produce a report with recommendations by the end of August.

Bristol City Council workers receive 'living wage'

All Bristol City Council employees earning below a 'living wage' hourly rate of £7.30 will receive a one-off lump sum that brings their pay up to this level.

The details of the pay award have been unanimously agreed. It follows a commitment to address the issue of low pay in the authority by the Council in March.

Bristol is the only authority in the South West region that is proposing to make a pay award to those staff earning below the living wage.

– Steve Paines, Unite Trade Union Convenor
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