Lewisham Council has disclosed to the Company that it has exchanged contracts
with Renewal Limited for the sale of the freeholds of the 3 areas of potential
development land adjoining The Den stadium occupied by Millwall Football Club
("the Club"). Two of these areas are currently leased and used by the Club and
the third is occupied by Millwall Community Trust, a charity working with youth
in the local area which is funded by the Company. The Company has placed the
following announcement on the Club's website.
Chairman's reaction to Council decision
Millwall Chairman John Berylson has reiterated that his determination to
continue to build for the club's long-term future has not been in any way
diminished by the news that Lewisham Council plans to hand over to a property
developer key areas of land that are currently leased to the Club and to the
Millwall Community Scheme Trust – and refuses to consult with the Club about the
He professed to be 'appalled and bewildered' that the long term future of the
Club is being put at risk by Lewisham Council after being notified by the
Council that the freehold of three areas of land surrounding The Den – the car
park, a space behind the stadium and the site of the Millwall Community Scheme
Trust’s Lions Centre – are being sold by the Council to developers Renewal Ltd.
The Club commissioned architects last year to draw up ambitious plans for the
development of the three areas adjoining The Den. These plans were consistent
with the Council’s overall scheme for the regeneration of the Surrey Canal
Triangle which Millwall fully supports. The Football Club even offered
safeguards to reassure the Council that the development around The Den would
proceed within an agreed time frame.
But the Council refused to consider Millwall’s plans and declined to share the
commercial information the Club would have required to make its own bid to buy
the three parcels of land.
John Berylson is now urging Lewisham Council to come back to the negotiating
table to consider Millwall’s plans for all three areas to ensure the continued
success of the team in a rejuvenated Lewisham.
Millwall feels it is vital to secure these areas of land to:
• Ensure its long term future at The Den at the heart of the community.
• Guarantee non-football revenues to help see MFC through the inevitable ups and
downs of a professional football club.
• Be given the opportunity to participate in the regeneration scheme by allowing
the club to develop appropriately the land immediately surrounding the stadium.
• Give a flourishing community scheme new improved premises so that the Club can
continue to support it.
However, the chairman also assured everyone connected with Millwall that he
would not be deterred from seeing through his ambitious plans for the club and
the team under Ian Holloway in spite of this apparent setback.
He added: "I have made our position clear to Lewisham Council and I am hopeful
that we can have positive dialogue with them going forward so that our interests
and that of the Community Trust will be recognised and protected.
I am determined that Millwall will continue to have a very bright future and
will be playing football at The Den for many generations to come."
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