I submit this statement to offer my support for the proposal to redevelop Ashton Gate as per planning application 13/03517/F
I did not support a move by the Club out of the Ashton Gate locality, nor the proposal to replace it with a giant Sainsbury's. However, I am really pleased that the Club has now decided to stay at Ashton Gate, its long term home at the heart of the community.
This will mean that the club and its supporters will continue to support local traders and the local economy.
I have a couple of concerns about the development, namely
- that the stadium redevelopment itself should be done to the highest possible sustainability standards
- that the club should be proactive in taking steps to minimise traffic disruption on match days
Specifically, I would like to see the club support the reopening of an Ashton Gate railway station to encourage fans based in North Somerset to come by train, and wonder if the club could take advantage of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to pilot measures to promote cycling and walking to home games.
I urge the committee to approve this development, and look forward to club and local community working together in the future for the benefit of both.
Prospective candidate for Southville ward