According to Bristol Live, Bristol Rovers have been told that they have to close down their two new stands because they don’t have planning permission.
The League One club however claim say there is no problem with them, they plan to let fans still use it and that they have questioned a statement from the council which said the planning department had advised Rovers that no one should be allowed sat in the stands.
— Bristol Rovers (@Official_BRFC) September 21, 2018
A spokesperson for the club say that the stands are ‘temporary structures’ which means that they don’t need planning permission. A safety advisory group worked with them over the summer and were happy.
A spokesperson for the council said: “The council is working with the club to formalise two new stands at the Memorial Stadium to ensure compliance with planning and building regulations. In the meantime the club have been advised the stands should not be used until the Ground Safety Certificate has been re-issued.”
A source at the club said: “The council have been involved in the process right throughout the summer, and they’ve been aware of exactly what is happening. Someone from the council actually chairs the Safety Advisory Group.”
After learning of the news, Bristol City fans were quick to hilariously mock their rivals – check out those tweets and more reaction from football fans on the next page.
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