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Bristol City chairman: Stadium will bring 'prosperity'

Bristol City Football Club chairman Steven Lansdown insists the club is still targeting 2013 for its new stadium after Bristol City Council approved Sainsbury’s move to Ashton Gate.

The move, which still needs to be signed of by the secretary of state, provides City with important funding for its planned 30,000 capacity stadium at Ashton Vale and Lansdown was quick to stress the benefits the stadium will bring to the club and area.

Speaking to the club’s official site after the decision was made, Lansdown said:  "I truly believe the stadium will bring jobs and prosperity to South Bristol which it has desperately lacked for years.

"This could prove to be an enormous night. If we hadn't got over this hurdle tonight we would be in limbo.

"We're not on hold and we're still targeting 2013 for the new stadium. There's still a lot of work to be done and arguments along the way."

But the npower Championship side still has to wait for the Sainbury’s deal to be finalised as well as overcoming opposition from some residents in the area.

"The Sainsbury's application still has to go to the secretary of state and there are I's to be dotted and T's to be crossed," Lansdown added.

"We've also got the town & village green hurdle to overcome. Talks are still going on that and are at a delicate stage."

 

Scott Hobro

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