No appeal over Memorial Stadium supermarket decision

It has been announced the group opposing a supermarket on the site of Bristol Rovers' current home will NOT be appealing the judicial review decision.

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Charlotte Leslie hits back at 'personal attacks'

Charlotte Leslie has condemned what she calls 'personal attacks' made in a statement from TRASHorfield:

There's just one dampener amidst almost universal celebration; It is very sad that in fair defeat through democratic and legal means, TRASH have chosen to make personal attacks. As individuals I wish them all well for the future, hope that they can get over this apparent hatred of me because of our campaign and the way the decision went in the democratic planning process and in court, and be able to move on.

– Charlotte Leslie MP (Con, Bristol North West)

Charlotte Leslie 'thrilled' that Rovers plans will go ahead

Charlotte Leslie MP (Con, Bristol North West) has welcomed TRASHorfield's decision not to appeal against plans to put a supermarket on Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium site:

I am thrilled that Bristol Rovers will be able to press ahead with their plans for a new stadium. What a shame so much time and money – both the club’s and the taxpayers’ – was wasted on such a futile and ideologically-driven campaign. Now there must be concentration on the positives – a new stadium which will be great for both sport and entertainment, a bold redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium which includes green space, homes and an enhanced war memorial, and let’s not forget a supermarket which will be within walking distance for many local people in Horfield and Lockleaze. [...]

– Charlotte Leslie MP (Con, Bristol North West)


Charlotte Leslie's campaign 'self-serving and spiteful'

TRASHorfield have strongly criticised two Bristol MPs involved linked to the controversy surrounding the Memorial Stadium development:

We condemn Charlotte Leslie MP for her self-serving and spiteful campaign against local people bringing a judicial review in defence of their community. Neither the Memorial Ground nor the proposed UWE stadium are in her constituency. She has shown total disregard of the concerns of ordinary people and taken every opportunity to misrepresent them.

Stephen Williams, the actual MP for the locality in question, has failed to reflect the genuine and well-articulated concerns of so many of his constituents. This is incomprehensible, given his frequently-expressed support for the high street [...].

– TRASHorfield statement

TRASHorfield: No time to raise money for appeal

TRASHorfield say they will not appeal the Memorial Stadium supermarket decision, because there is not enough time to raise the necessary funds.

TRASHorfield today confirm that we will not be taking our case to the Court of Appeal. It has not been possible in the short time allowed by Judge Hickinbottom to raise the tens of thousands of pounds necessary to test his judgment and so, despite legal opinion that the judgment is flawed, it will remain unchallenged. We are no longer appealing the lawfulness of the decision-making process; however, the adverse impacts of the Sainsbury’s development cannot be disputed and are irreversible.

– Statement from TRASHorfield (Traders and Residents Against Sainsbury's Horfield)

TRASHorfield will not appeal judicial review

It's been announced the group opposing a supermarket on the site of Bristol Rovers' current home will NOT be appealing the judicial review decision.

TRASHorfield were considering taking their case to the Court of Appeal. It means Sainsbury's can now build on the Memorial Stadium, paving the way for Rovers to move to a new stadium at the University of the West of England.

A full statement from Bristol Rovers can be seen on the football club's official website.

Judge refuses permission for campaign group appeal

Campaign group TRASHorfield have been refused permission to appeal a decision clearing the way for Sainsburys to build on the Bristol Rover's Memorial Stadium ground.

We are pleased to hear that permission to appeal has been refused. Although there is now another week in which TRASHorfield can appeal this finding, we hope that they will accept what are two very clear decisions.

– Bristol City Council spokesperson


Rovers respond to news of appeal to judicial bid

Rovers' statement:-

We have today received notice that TRASHorfield have asked for leave to appeal the High Court’s decision to throw out their complaints put forward at a Judicial Review hearing.

The appeal refers to their second original claim regarding retail mitigation.We are extremely disappointed that the decision reached by Mr Justice Hickinbottom is being ignored, and this minority group continue to challenge a democratic decision made by Bristol City Council that has been upheld in the High Court.

This application will cause an initial further seven days delay to a project that will have such wide reaching benefits to the local community.

The judge now has seven days to respond to TRASH and advise whether he will grant them the right to appeal.

– Bristol Rovers Football Club

Councillor resigns from campaign group over row

The campaign group TRASH has announced it's to seek leave to appeal the judicial review decision which cleared the way for Sainsburys to build at Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium.

The group, Traders and Residents Against Sainsburys Horfield, last week lost their judicial review against Bristol City Council, claiming the authority did not follow correct planning procedure in granting a supermarket the right to build on the football club's current home.

The High Court judge must now consider the bid to appeal that judgement in the next seven days.

ITV News can reveal Green Party councillor Daniella Radice has quit her post on the campaign group saying she felt the opposition to the stadium had gone as far as it could.

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