Last ditch petition calls for debate on saving Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium

Campaigners have made a final call for people to sign a petition demanding a Sheffield Council debate on the closure of Don Valley Stadium.

Members of the SOS – Save Our Stadium group need to reach 5,000 signatures by 3pm today for the council to debate the issue at its next meeting on November 6.

Weeds, leaves and litter outside the derelict Don Valley Stadium

Weeds, leaves and litter outside the derelict Don Valley Stadium

The group believes it will be the last chance for a debate before the venue is demolished.

Rob Creasey, former head coach at Don Valley Stadium and a member of SOS, said: “There have been several previous petitions about this issue and, if you put all the signatures together, they would come to over 5,000.

“One set up one on the 10 Downing Street website which attracted 4,400 signatures after the closure was announced at the start of the year.

“We have also had a 1,049 signature petition and another with 620 names.

“But the council has insisted we get new signatures with addresses. I think there is a legitimate debate to be had and they should take into account previous petitions.”

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, opposition Liberal Democrat leader on Sheffield Council, added: “The council’s position would appear to be stifling debate on the issue. Do they have something to hide?”

But Sheffield Council said it had not been made aware of the Downing Street petition and it could not count towards names needed for a council debate.

A council spokeswoman said: “Petitions submitted to the council must include a minimum of five signatures from anyone who either lives, works or studies in Sheffield.

“The council could decide to consider a combination of two or more petitions, providing they are asking for the same outcome.”

■ Visit to sign the petition.