MORE than 5,000 people have now signed the petition to stop Gibraltar’s new football stadium being built on Europa Point.
They argue that the environmental impact has not been considered and that the whole process has been rushed through on the basis that this is the only viable option for the new stadium.
Two of the most influential environmental organisations on the Rock stand firmly opposed to the Europa Point location too: the Gibraltar Heritage Trust and the Environmental Safety Group.
The Save Europa Point group (SEP) will present their petition to the Development and Planning Commission next Tuesday.
The commission has already received more than 50 written complaints since plans for the new stadium were revealed in March and exhibited in Casemates square.
SEP has highlighted the absence of an environmental impact study, a detailed traffic plan or a detailed business plan. They claim the plans ‘make light of many real and insoluble problems that a stadium at Europa Point would cause’.
“If we are to build the ‘Home of Gibraltar Football’, a stadium that will stand for perhaps 100 years, we had better get it right,” said a SAP spokesperson.
“The consequences of a mistake would be grave and long term.
“It is only fair that we all have a say in the site chosen, and that the entire process is rigorous and transparent.”
The Europa Point stadium would hold 8,066 and allow Gibraltar FA to play their home matches on the Rock, rather than travelling to Portugal as they will for the Euro 2018 qualifiers.
Many of those opposed to the Europa Point site have offered alternative suggestions and designs for consideration.
The group will be conducting a peaceful gathering of concerned citizens outside the John Mackintosh Hall at 8:30am on Tuesday 8th April.
The spokesperson added: “Please come and show your support, and hopefully we can save Europa Point!”
You can sign the petition at: