Our work: Safeguarding AG

In December 2014, we successfully registered Ashton Gate as an asset of community value. Put simply, it means the owner must not dispose of the freehold or grant a lease of 25 years or more without giving interested local community groups the opportunity to put a bid together. There has to be a period of moratorium following receipt of any notice of intent to sell from the owner during which restrictions on disposal will apply.

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Our work: Defending fans

Before the away game at Birmingham City on 12 September 2015, 51 Bristol City fans were prevented from attending the game and escorted straight back to New Street station to return to Bristol. The Supporters Club & Trust and the supporters caught up in this incident believed that this was an improper use of police powers and are claiming false imprisonment and a breach of Article 5 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

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Our work: Standing proud

The Football Supporters Federation’s national Safe Standing Campaign aims “to persuade the Government, football authorities and football clubs to accept the case for introducing, on a trial basis, limited sections of standing areas at selected grounds“. Supporters Club & Trust board member, Jon Darch, has been at the forefront of this national campaign, with Bristol City becoming in 2014 the first club in England to install the proposed ‘rail seats’.

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