Editor's comment: No reason to stand in the way of Rovers
THE planning experts have said Sainsbury's should be allowed to build a supermarket on the site of the Memorial Stadium. And when they meet next week hopefully our councillors will follow their advice.
Then Bristol Rovers can go ahead with building their new stadium next to the University of the West of England.
There is surely no need for local government minister Eric Pickles to get involved.
And even less need for an expensive and time-consuming planning inquiry.
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Whilst a new supermarket may not please everyone it will not sound the death knell for independent stores in Gloucester Road
Just as redeveloping Ashton Gate will not put traders in Bedminster at risk.
However both schemes would benefit our two football clubs by releasing money for them to build new state of the art stadiums.
Rovers fans may have genuine affection for their adopted home in Horfield.
But a new ground will give them a fresh start and a chance to build for the future with confidence. And the same is true for City's plans.
To stand in their way would be damaging not only to them but to Bristol as a whole.