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64% back Bristol’s new stadium

An ITV/ComRes poll has revealed that 64% of Bristolians asked, approve of Bristol FC’s plans for a new stadium at Ashton Vale.

ComRes interviewed a thousand members of the Bristol public about the £92million proposal which was granted planning permission in February this year, following a three-year application process.

If successful the development is expected to bring upwards of £150million investment to Bristol and provide more than 6,000 new jobs, all of which would increase if England wins the World Cup bid.

However after objections from a small number of local residents th Council received an independent planning inspector's report recommending that the site - half of which is a former landfill site - be given special designation as a town green.

Commenting on the results of the poll, City chief executive Colin Sexstone said: "We are not surprised by the outcome of the poll. The numbers speak for themselves; 64% of people living in the city back our plans to build a new world-class stadium for Bristol on this site. More than 21,000 people have already signed the City United epetition, so even before the results of this poll were published by ITV West County and ComRes we knew about the phenomenal and overwhelming support for the stadium plans.

"The priority for us now is to press on, to find a solution to the village green challenge that works for everyone, and to make the stadium happen. We believe that we have uncovered compelling new evidence to put before Bristol City Council before it makes a decision on village green status, but in the meantime we remain willing to talk to anyone about the site."

In another boost to the club the poll showed that the club’s communication strategy has worked with 93% of everyone polled aware of the stadium project.

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