Mediation talks over Bristol City FC stadium site

Ashton Vale
Image caption Bristol City FC wants to build a new 30,000-seater stadium at Ashton Vale

The two sides embroiled in a bitter dispute over the future of a piece of land in Bristol are to meet next week for mediation.

Bristol City Football Club wants to build a new 30,000-seater stadium on land at Ashton Vale.

Residents opposed to the £92m scheme want the site given Town Green status.

Deputy leader of Bristol City Council, Liberal Democrat Simon Cook, said the local authority was stuck in the middle.

'Judicial review' threat

Councillor Cook said: "We have to make a decision sooner rather than later whether we register this land as a town or village green.

"An inquiry has taken place and we have an inspector's recommendation.

"If we do not implement this we could be subject to judicial review.

"If we do implement it and register the whole 42 acres I think Stephen Lansdown [Bristol City's chairman] has made it quite clear they club would seek a judicial review of that decision."

The Liberal Democrat-run council has already approved the planning application for the stadium.

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