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