BRISTOL ROVERS’ MEMORIAL STADIUM SALE SUFFERS DELAY

Bristol Rovers’ hopes of moving from the Memorial Stadium into a new home have suffered another delay. 

After seeing a legal challenge to the sale of the Memorial dismissed by a High Court judge only last week, the pressure group TRASHorfield has decided to seek permission to lodge an appeal.

The judicial review - lodged by the group on the grounds that councillors has been misled before giving planning permission for a Sainsbury’s supermarket at the club’s existing ground - was rejected on Friday.

The Gas needs the profits from the sale of the Mem to help fund a new £40 million stadium at Stoke Gifford.

In a statement, TRASHorfield said they had been advised by their legal team that there were good grounds for appealing the result of the judicial review and had therefore initiated appeal proceedings.

Posting on their website, the club said: “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 a further delay to a project that will have such wide reaching benefits to the local community.”

The judge has seven days to decide whether to grant permission for the appeal to become a full hearing. 

Posted on 26/03/2014