A group opposing the sale of the current Bristol Rovers stadium site to Sainsbury's say smaller shops are better for the economy.
Today, a petition in support of the plans was handed into downing street but Daniella Radice from TRASH (Traders Against Sainsbury's in Horfield) explained to us why the Memorial Stadium should not be turned into a supermarket.
A petition calling for a new stadium for Bristol Rovers has been handed into 10 Downing Street.
Almost 13,000 signatures support the plans for the current site to be sold to Sainsbury's and a new stadium built in Stoke Gifford. A rival group is worried about the impact a supermarket would have on the local area.
A petition calling for a new stadium for Bristol Rovers will be handed in to 10 Downing Street later. Almost 13,000 signatures support the plans for the current site to be sold to Sainsbury's and a new stadium built in Stoke Gifford.
A rival group is worried about the impact a supermarket would have on the local area.
Bristol Rovers must wait until next month before learning if Sainsbury's bid to build on their Memorial Ground home has been approved. Bristol City Council has already given the go-ahead and the Department for Communities and Local Government was expected to rule today.
But Secretary of State Eric Pickles MP has asked for more time before making a judgement. Rovers are ready to start work this summer on a new stadium in Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire, on land owned by the University of the West of England.
Sainsbury's were controversially given city council permission to build a supermarket on Rovers' present Horfield site despite a campaign by local independent shopkeepers who said their trade and the wider community would be harmed.
Bristol City councillors backed Sainsbury's bid to build on the Memorial Stadium which will now trigger the club's move to a new £40 million stadium on land at the University of the West of England at Filton in South Gloucestershire.
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: