Stadium campaign group wins extra time for petition

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Campaigners who have launched a petition calling for a final debate by Sheffield Council on the Don Valley Stadium’s future have been given more time to collect signatures.

The Save Our Stadium group originally had until 3pm yesterday to collect 5,000 signatures.

But the organisation has now been given until 1pm on Tuesday.

Rob Creasey, former head coach at Don Valley who is among organisers of the group, said: “It’s fantastic news that we have been given more time.

“Within the last week we have collected almost 4,500 signatures from the public, and now we have more time, which is great news. I’d like to thank members of the public for their support.”

At least 5,000 signatures are required to trigger a council debate, which would take place at the next full meeting of the authority, on Wednesday, November 6.

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, opposition Liberal Democrat leader on Sheffield Council, said: “The extended deadline is good news and shows the council is listening to the public.

“The closure of Don Valley Stadium is a huge issue and a final debate before any demolition takes place would be welcome.”

A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “If the petition on Don Valley Stadium is submitted to the council by 1pm on Tuesday with the required 5,000 signatures, a debate will be held on the matter.”

■ Visit to sign the petition.