Bristol Rovers Sainsbury's deal: fans react
BRISTOL Rovers fans have welcomed news that a new Sainsbury's has been recommended for approval on the site of the Memorial Stadium.
If approved by councillors at a planning committee next Wednesday, the move could allow the struggling League Two side to move to a planned £40 million ground in Stoke Gifford. However the application will still need to go through Secretary of State Eric Pickles before final approval.
Chairman of the supporters club Jim Chappell told the Post he was pleased with the decision which could signal a change in fortunes for the club.
He said: "I would be delighted if it does go through because obviously it means Rovers could afford the new ground.
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"We are pleased, but it is not over yet. We are hoping it gets full approval so Rovers get their much needed move."
Life-long fan Hanif Rahaman, 44, a season ticket holder who travels from Cambridgeshire every week to see Rovers, said the good news was crucial during what has been a difficult season at the club. "It's a step closer for the club and a much need boost for us given the way things are at the moment.
"We need as much positive news as possible to push things forward," he said.
He added that he was confident that councillors would accept the recommendations of the planning officers.
He said: "We are not quite there yet but we would like to think that the councillors will take on board the notes in the report.
"Obviously I know the area well and the supermarket will bring a much needed economic boost to area and create a lot of jobs."