Protesters' posters say 'no' to new Grimsby Town stadium
THE fight against a new football stadium in Grimsby has reached residents' living rooms.
Those living in Weelsby Avenue have put up posters saying "no" to the plans to build a new ground for Grimsby Town Football Club
As reported, the Mariners have teamed up with Simons Development Ltd to "investigate the viability" of using a 22.7-hectare plot 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 allotments and redundant council buildings and is near to Oasis Academy Wintringham and Grimsby Crematorium.
The club has successfully made the Government's shortlist for a share of the £1 billion Regional Growth Fund to help pay for the project.
However, a petition with 509 names opposing the development was handed to North East Lincolnshire Council in August, as reported.
Organiser Ernie Brown, of Roundway, said: "We are trying to keep the campaign running.
"To do this we have decided to go round and talk to residents and offer them a poster saying 'no' to the planned proposal.
"We are still here and we are still doing something to stop the development.
"Since I handed in the petition about a month ago we have double the amount of names on it making it 1,000, which is great.
"I have also written to The Regional Growth Fund to say why Grimsby Town should not get the money to build at this site.
"I am not against a new stadium but it shouldn't be next to a crematorium or on allotments.
"We are not going to stop after these posters go up, we will keep going."
Some believe that if a new stadium is built it will affect their way of life permanently.
David Kitchen, of Weelsby Avenue, said: "If the stadium comes it will spoil the environment here due to the number of people that will be coming to the area.
"It will affect the residents here for ever.
"Weelsby Avenue already gets busy when there is a big funeral on, let alone a sold-out football match.
"If there was a good access route and suitable infrastructure to deal with the parking and traffic then I might not be against, but as it stands I am."
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