Campaigners united against plans to build Grimsby Town's new stadium off Peaks Parkway
CAMPAIGNERS are forming a "united front" against Grimsby Town's plans to build a new stadium near their homes.
As reported, Grimsby Town have teamed up with Simons Development Ltd to "investigate the viability" of using a 22.7-hectare plot of land off Peaks Parkway for a new stadium and retail outlet.
Peaksfield Allotments sits on the land being investigated and plot-holders have already promised to "fight to the bitter end" to oppose the plans, as reported.
Now, residents of Weelsby Avenue – directly next to the land being looked at – have launched a petition against the plan which already has more than 150 signatures.
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Couple Josh Forrester and Toni Gilbert are now asking all interested parties to join forces and oppose the plan.
Philosophy student Mr Forrester, 20, said: "The more voices that join the cry, the louder the message will be.
"We have talked to the allotment community who have already spoken out and promised to fight the plan.
"People who have loved ones at the crematorium do not want the roar of thousands of fans when they visit their graves.
"Lots of dog walkers and families use the field and meadows beyond it and it's an area of very natural beauty.
"If everyone who doesn't want to see this land turned into a football ground forms a united front, then we have a better chance of stopping it."
The couple have teamed up with Ernie Brown, who campaigns to maintain the area's heritage, and will be knocking on doors every day this week and asking for signatures.
Next Wednesday, they intend to send their petitions to the leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Councillor Chris Shaw (Lab, Sidney Sussex), to inform the authority on the view held by many people in the area.
"It lets the council know but also lets Grimsby Town know how strongly people feel about it," said Mr Forrester.
"What we want is one petition from us, one from the allotments, one from those who use the cemetery – we must all do our bit."
Miss Gilbert, 35, a veterinary nurse, said: "There are so many parts of Grimsby that need so much doing to them, yet they want to destroy one of the few areas that is lovely just as it is.
"It has wild flowers, strawberries, lots of wildlife, and all that would be lost if they built a football stadium there."
To join them in their cause, e-mail email@example.com
To sign the online petition, visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/no_to_gtfc_stadium.