Ashton Gate – revised plans, but local residents still worried about parking and traffic issues

Ashton Gate – revised plans, but local residents still worried about parking and traffic issues

Among these concerns were the need for lower height of buildings, more open space, and addressing travel and transport plans, as well as environmental considerations.

by Marcus Stone
Following several months of consultation with local residents and other parties, Ashton Gate has revealed how it has changed its new sports and conference centre proposals to be more in-line with people’s concerns.
Among these concerns were the need for lower height of buildings, more open space, and addressing travel and transport plans, as well as environmental considerations.
At a meeting to unveil the revised plans, many questions still came up around the impact on local traffic and parking issues.
Speaking with South Bristol Voice, Martin Griffiths, Ashton Gate Chairman, said: “Things would be better with a nearer MetroBus stop, and also the use of the Long Ashton park and ride, however we are not in control of these and can only push for these things to happen.
“What we are trying to do is provide and encourage alternatives to using cars to reach the stadium, and we have seen an increase in rail use and in cycling. The plans include bays for buses and coaches, where previously there were issues with coaches waiting along Winterstoke Road.
“There is also funding for yellow lines on corners and junctions in the local area to discourage inconsiderate parking – this has been a big safety issue for pedestrians, and has also impacted on buses and other large vehicles using local roads on matchdays and when events are on.”
The new proposals are due to be submitted to Bristol City Council at the end of September and, if approved, work is expected to start on the site in May or June 2021, according to Martin Griffiths.
If it goes ahead as proposed, the massive new £100 million facility will include a 4,000-capacity indoor venue, a 230-bedroom hotel, a 30,000-sq. ft office building, a 165-unit residential development, a 550-space car park, a gym and a museum for all the clubs.