Vicky Foxcroft

Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Lewisham Deptford

Compulsory Purchase of land around Millwall Football Club

Over the past week, I have received a number of emails and tweets from many Millwall fans outlining concerns about the compulsory purchase of land around Millwall FC. Below is a copy of the letter I have sent to the Mayor of Lewisham and all Cabinet members ahead of this evening's meeting. I will also be attending this meeting in order to voice these concerns in person, and ask for the decision to be deferred until a plan is proposed that everybody can get behind.

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Ahead of this evening’s decision on the Compulsory Purchase Order of the land around Millwall FC I wanted to outline a number of concerns that I have.

Millwall management and many Millwall fans have been in touch with me outlining their concerns about the lack of engagement with them from the council and Renewal. I am sure you will have seen many of these emails.

Millwall FC are an integral part of our community, supporting the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign, investing in many youth and community projects through the Millwall community trust and doing much work with organisations such as Show Racism the Red Card.

The frustrations expressed to me by many people, and the lack of evidence of real engagement taking place between Renewal and the council to deliver a plan that benefit the club and the local community lead me to write to you and ask you to defer this decision.

There are of course other areas within the plans and the CPO that concern me. In particular, the fear that the land will just be sold off to private developers afterwards, despite a lack of real affordable housing in the area. This is an issue I have expressed concern about in the past when I was formerly a councillor.

 In light of all of these concerns and a willingness to get a better deal I am writing to you to ask that you consider deferring the decision tonight and work to encourage all parties to get around the table to have a meaningful discussion, in order to come up with a plan that everyone can get behind. If you defer tonight’s decision I am committed to helping ensure that this happens.

We all acknowledge that this area needs to be developed but we must first try and ensure we secure a plan that everyone can get behind and support.

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commented 2016-09-14 19:00:58 +0100
Renewal and the current mayor were fellow directors Surrey canal Sports Foundation.
Bit smelly………….

https://opencorporates.com/companies/gb/05357065
http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/renewal-group
http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/renewal-group

Surrey canal Sports Foundation directors, John Inverdale broadcaster, Tanni Grey Thompson Para Olympian, Sir Steven Bullock Mayor of Lewisham, Steven Norris Tory politician, Councillor Peter Charles John Southwark Council, Martina Angelova and Jordana Malik directors of Renewal Group

http://www.newbermondsey.com/phase-1
Hillsong is a ‘multi-faith’ org:
http://hillsong.com/what-we-believe/
http://hillsong.com/collected/blog/2015/08/do-i-love-gay-people/

perpetuating the 30 y.o. lie about SELCHP here
https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/energy-to-waste-closed-loop

http://deptforddame.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/surrey-canal-stationsurrey-canal.html

SLP story, keeps the old ‘multi-faith’ lie going nicely:
http://www.londonnewsonline.co.uk/4808/crunch-time-developer-planning-take-pockets-land-around-millwalls-ground/
commented 2016-08-16 01:52:08 +0100
It’s really true:“The frustrations expressed to me by many people, and the lack of evidence of real engagement taking place between Renewal and the council to deliver a plan that benefit the club and the local community lead me to write to you and ask you to defer this decision.”
#vickyfoxcroft http://natureto.eco.br/follixin-funciona/
commented 2016-02-18 15:47:46 +0000
Thanks for that Vicky. Your support is appreciated
commented 2016-02-18 12:21:50 +0000
This club has been in the erea since 1910 and is a huge part of the community, It is loved by many and is a focal point for much good work in the community.It is vital that the club can continue to flourish and be a part of peoples lives.Without Millwall FC the erea will be a lesser place to be. Please do the right thing and formulate a plan that is benificial to all concerned, and help our wonderful club to continue being an asset to the community. MANY THANkS !!!
commented 2016-02-18 11:40:08 +0000
The more support the club gets from individuals like Vicky, the better our position (should) become. Re-develop is the word that gets me most. Re-develop what exactly? Re-develop surely means there’s something there already that is developed, and it needs re-developing? No – what needs to happen is that Lewisham Council and all associated parties need to realize that Millwall is a piece of history and it can’t be tinkered with. The club needs to own (not rent, lend, borrow) ALL the surrounding land so that it can develop it (*note … DEVELOP, not RE-DEVELOP) for the good of the COMMUNITY. Consider the thousands of supporters who visit the ground each season come rain or shine, and whether or not we are having a good or bad time on the pitch. Millwall is precious to many people. For some it is their life. The groundswell of emotion is marked, it is not to be ignored, it is genuine, heartfelt and warranted. Lewisham and all the councils, and whoever else are circling over the club waiting with sharpened claws to swoop down and start destroying this club need to realize that MILLWALL FC is more important than they can possibly imagine. It DOES have a divine right. Let the club acquire the land and let them determine how best to use it to serve the surrounding area and well as the club itself. Oh, and if this is the case then the board need to take note too and absolutely do NOT start using it for personal gain. If that happens, then that really be the end for just about everyone. A club without supporters, a club without passion, a club without ambition, desire and the will to survive, prosper and reward the very people who keep it alive, is no club. It is a sham. Millwall FC and every fan, old and young, rich and poor, deserves better than the current shambles. The whole is stronger than the sum of its parts – never forget that.
commented 2016-02-18 11:39:37 +0000
Both Lewisham Council and John Berylson are guilty of ignoring the community driven development that we started over 30 years ago. Father Owen Beament Millwall Football Club’s chaplain can confirm that we involved HRH The Prince of Wales at inception, and Ben Bolgar of The Prince’s Foundation has backed our fight against greed driven land grab, and social cleansing. Mary Honeyball The Labour Party’s MEP for London has also voiced support for our associated Thames Gateway, City Challenge campaign work in 2016. NB Trevor Lee & Phil Coleman former Millwall FC players Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) Millennium Quay Sandy Stevens Founder of the I Grew Up In deptford, S.e.8. London facebook group Vicky Foxcroft MP for Lewisham Deptford Addey and Stanhope School RICS
commented 2016-02-17 17:41:24 +0000
Well done Vicky spot on!
commented 2016-02-17 16:51:23 +0000
Save our ground and players old and new memorys .We are the heart of Bermondsey !

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