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BRISTOL ROVERS GO TO DOWNING STREET

5 March 2014

Petition handed in to Number 10

Supporters of Bristol Rovers’ plans to build a new stadium today delivered a petition to Downing Street.

Supporters and staff of the club joined Charlotte Leslie to present the Bristol’s Not Trash petition to Number 10.

MP Charlotte set up the petition in response to the Judicial Review launched by TRASHorfield, who oppose the building of a Sainsbury’s supermarket on the current Memorial Stadium site.

The online version of the Bristol’s Not Trash petition said: “We, the under-signed, are dismayed at the ‘Trash’ group’s actions in delaying and obstructing the building of a supermarket at the former Bristol Rovers site, which crucially prevents Bristol Rovers, and moreover the whole city, from having a new stadium.”

The petition received a total of 13,293 signatures – more than double that which signed the TRASH group petition.

Chairman Nick Higgs said: “We are very fortunate to have the support of a Member of Parliament. There is a huge strength of feeling in support of the new stadium, as it is something that benefits the whole community.

“The petition will make no difference to the JR process, but it shows the support we have locally and nationally. 

“The delays to date have cost us in the region of £1.15million plus our legal costs. But if everything goes our way we have a view to hopefully being on site to start building in the summer."

Ms Leslie said: “Bristol has been held back in the past from having some great projects by small niche groups that aren’t representative of Bristol as a whole, and it made me very upset to see this happening again.

“I wanted to prove that TRASH is not the majority of Bristol.

“The stadium is going to have huge benefits to Bristol and the wider area, a major music and sporting arena will have massive benefits. 

“I want this petition to raise the profile of Bristol Rovers and the support for this new stadium. Sometimes you feel you only ever hear from a vocal minority – I think it is time the silent majority found their voice.”

The Judicial Review into the Sainsbury’s application will take place in Bristol next Thursday and Friday.


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