top_border11

..........

Watch the Ashton Vale town green debate here, live

Councillors in Bristol will meet at 4pm this afternoon to make a final decision on the long-running, often acrimonious, bid to turn Ashton Vale into a town green.

Councillors in Bristol will meet at 4pm this afternoon to make a final decision on the long-running, often acrimonious, bid to turn Ashton Vale into a town green.

Last week, councillors were advised to approve a compromise proposal over the row surrounding the site for a new Bristol City FC stadium.

Following the application by local people to turn the site into a town green, and the subsequent breakdown of mediation talks between them and the club, officers at the council have recommended a ‘split-site’ option.

This would involve the northern part of the site – all land to the north of and including the proposed Bus Rapid Transit route – being available for development. The southern half though would be designated for town green status, with maintained wetlands kept as part of any development.

A decision over the town green status will be made this afternoon by the Public Rights of Way & Greens Committee – honouring a commitment by the Liberal Democrat-run council to sort out the controversy within a month of May’s local elections.

Bristol City FC said last week it welcomed any plan that would allow it to proceed with its plans to build a new 30,000-seat stadium, while it was unclear if campaigners for the town green would accept the compromise. Avon Wildlife Trust, for example, has urged the council to refer the decision back to the independent planner.

It has said if the council goes against the planner’s recommendation it could mean “a lengthy and costly legal challenge that could take years to resolve”.

The council report warned a decision to share the land could lead to a legal bid.

You can watch the debate and final decision live on Bristol24-7, using the webcast above, from 3.55pm.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Today's news and features
Bristol scientists make major breakthrough on multiple sclerosis

Scientists at Bristol University have shown how to stop cells attacking healthy body tissue (Read more...)

Ceremony to mark final end of Bristol’s prefab houses

End of a 10-year project to replace the last prefabricated homes built in Bristol following the end of World War II will be marked later this week (Read more...)

Zerodegrees turns up heat on rivals following £350,000 refurb

Bristol craft brewing institution Zerodegrees has undergone a major refurbishment in tandem with a new menu after a decade at its Colston Street site (Read more...)

Bristol News Wire: Sept 2, 2014

Bringing you a round-up of the top headlines from around Bristol this morning (Read more...)

Top theatre in Bristol this month – September 2014

Our guide to the best theatre in Bristol this month... (Read more...)

Bristol food sets its sights on world domination!

As one of the main cultural hubs in the UK, Bristol has long drawn a wide range of dynamic, energetic and passionate people from around the country (Read more...)

Sign up for the Bristol24-7 newsletter

By signing up, you will receive access to news and special offers

It's quick and easy to join... just fill in the form below. Thank you!

Your Name*

Your Email*

Your Postcode area (BS1, BS2 etc)*

What are you most interested in? (You can choose more than one!)*
What's On Food and Drink Business Motoring Travel Special offers 

Bristol247 newsletter