Chairman unveils details of Millwall proposals
"We have been shocked and disappointed to find out that, despite our protests, Lewisham Council has taken steps to sell two parcels of land adjoining The Den which are currently leased to the Club. The Council is also intending to sell the Lions Centre which is occupied by the Millwall Community Scheme.
These three areas are to be sold to Renewal Limited, a private developer, as part of the Surrey Canal Triangle regeneration – despite Millwall’s continual and firm expressions of interest to acquire and develop the land adjoining its stadium.
We are fans of the scheme to regenerate the Surrey Canal Triangle and we want to play our part in it.
We also recognise the significant commercial opportunities that could transform a Club that loses money each year.
Our long term survival will depend on our ability to generate non-football revenues to help us through the inevitable ups and downs of life as a professional football club.
Despite football being core to the Council’s stated strategy for the Borough, Millwall Football Club has been repeatedly excluded from the regeneration project.
Early in 2013, Millwall engaged a top architect to develop a scheme to maintain the land required for the safe operation of the Club and to provide the opportunity for the generation of non-football income.
Our scheme is consistent with the overall plans for the development of the Surrey Canal Triangle. The Club’s development plans were presented to the Council last August but they declined to consider them.
Neither would the Council tell us what commercial terms they required for the purchase of the three areas of land that are for sale."
John Berylson, Millwall Chairman
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