The Bristol City Supporters Trust handed council officials a petition signed by more than 30,000 people to help push the club closer to a new home.

Fans hope it will play a vital part in rejecting the Town and Village Green status application at Ashton Vale and finally give the green light to the club's new stadium. Within its first three weeks of opening on the Bristol City Council website the petition became the biggest-ever online appeal.

It topped a target of a signature for each seat in the proposed new stadium in March with a final total of 30,160 when it closed. This included 13,281 online and 16,879 on paper.

Jon Darch of the Supporters Trust helped spearhead the petition to raise awareness of the issue and garner support across the region. He said: "It was great to see that the 30,000 target for the Supporters Trust new stadium petition had been achieved.

"This demonstrates a massive statement of support for the stadium plans and was a very significant milestone in our campaign. We are very grateful to everyone who has signed and in particular to the club's supporters, many thousands of whom belong to the local community in South Bristol."

"The petition shows that the people of Bristol, football supporters and non-football supporters alike, are all hoping for a reasonable and common sense decision to be made that brings things to a positive conclusion, providing a great facility for generations to come," he added.

On Thursday, the council's planning and rights of way committee will meet at the Council House from 4pm to decide on the matter.

Photo: Bristol Supporters' Trust outside council offices

Posted on 14/06/2011