Petition against location of new Grimsby Town stadium handed to council
A PETITION with more than 500 signatures opposing the new Grimsby Town football stadium and retail store has been handed to the council.
The club has 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 – which could also have community use – and a retail outlet.
The publicly-owned site sits between the Parkway and Weelsby Avenue. It is mainly green space, but also houses redundant council buildings and allotments, and is near to Oasis Academy Wintringham, which recently joined forces with the Mariners for a School Of Excellence.
Over the coming months, Simons will work alongside Grimsby Town Football Club to "investigate the viability of the site" for a community stadium capable of supporting both the professional game and also community sports use.
The development of a new retail facility – possibly a food store – will also be examined in the next 12 months.
Already, people – including nearby residents and allotment holders who could be effected – have joined together to protest against it.
And they handed the petition to North East Lincolnshire Council at the Municipal Offices in Town Hall Square, Grimsby.
Co-ordinator Ernie Brown, of Roundway, Grimsby, said: "I have helped set up the petition and we have knocked on every door in Weelsby Avenue and all the side streets off that road.
"Everyone has snatched the petition out of our hands to sign it.
"The residents in the streets will have their entire lives disrupted.
"The area that the new development is planned to be on is on a thriving allotment site and near a crematorium.
"We have collected 509 signatures in one week and we haven't even finished.
"There is not a need for a new stadium and in many ways if the money was spent on the players Grimsby Town would be a better team."
Fellow opposer Martin Johnston, 25, of Applegarth, Cleethorpes, added: "My family has two allotments there and we are not allowed to keep cockerels because of the noise they make.
"How they can justify putting a football stadium there is unknown.
"With fruit and veg prices on the rise, people are becoming more interested in growing their own and the allotments are doing very well.
"I also think it is disrespectful to have such a thing so close to a crematorium.
"The more people we can get to sign the petition the stronger the message will be."
Josh Forrester, 20, of Weelsby Avenue, Grimsby, said: "A lot of the residents do not begrudge Grimsby Town wanting a new stadium but the place they are proposing to build it on is one of the most unsuitable areas in town.
"Not only that, there will also be a lack of public transport to the stadium and the roads will be heavily congested every time there is a game."
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