30,000-stadium petition handed in
Bristol City Supporters Trust’s 30,000-strong petition for a new football stadium was hand delivered to the Bristol Council House today (June 13) to help demonstrate the level of support for the new stadium.
Members of the Trust board with the petition at the Council House
The petition was first established after a report recommended the Ashton Vale site be given Town and Village Green status and officially closed three weeks ago.
Within its first three weeks of opening on the Bristol City Council website the petition became the biggest-ever online appeal.
The previous record belonged to the 2008 campaign to stop the Bristol-Bath railway path from becoming a bus route, with 10,206 people signing up to the e-petition through the Council’s website.
The petition topped its 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.
Included in these were well-known names such as Marcus Trescothick, Tony Robinson and Lord Brian Mawhinney.
Jon Darch of BCST 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.”
He added: “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.”