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Fan on the Board Garston's February report

15 February 2016

Pete asks for support on Regeneration issue

Here we are, sixth in the League, scoring goals, Lee Gregory doing what strikers do!

When I look at our position I do wonder how we got there. We haven’t, until recently, gone on a long unbeaten run, and in my opinion we either play really well or poorly. There seems to be no middle ground, but however we’ve got there we're there, and creeping up like a silent assassin.

Neil and his backroom team have done an incredible job to get us winning games and there seems to be a great camaraderie amongst the team. Some people tend to forget the team is made up with a lot of young players and they should be applauded for stepping up to the plate and making a difference.

Jordan Archer has taken his chance when it came along and his performances have no doubt given Neil a headache with someone like David Forde on the bench pushing to get back in. And what a debut by Mahlon Romeo! When he got booked early on against Walsall I was sure Neil would take him off as the pressure would have been too much, and with the booking hanging over him he wouldn’t be able to play his natural game. Just shows what I know about football! His performance was solid and added to that he scored a great goal. Let’s hope he carries on the good work going forward.

On Saturday we played Rochdale and like many fans I was keen to chalk that one off the list of grounds I still needed to visit. I have now seen Millwall play at 90 out of the 92 clubs since 1970 and I know a lot of my friends are also on the same number, as is my brother who also has never missed a competitive match at the Den. Accrington and Morecambe left.

Just when you think things are going well on the pitch then the regen issue pops up again.

In 2014 we, the fans, successfully petitioned against the Council trying to reclaim parts of the car park and memorial garden.

The Council wanted to obtain Compulsory Purchase Orders so they could forcibly take back the leased land around the stadium and the Lions Centre and sell it to property developers Renewal. Thanks to the petition and our Defend Our Den campaign, we kicked that decision into touch for two years.

Now they’re looking to go for it again.

The Club was informed last month that Lewisham Council was going to consider the CPOs at a meeting of the Lewisham Mayor and Cabinet on 17th February. The final CPO documents were only made public six days ago. Since then the Club and its lawyers have been poring over them and developing its response. It turns out Renewal’s ultimate holding companies are actually registered offshore!
So this Wednesday, Lewisham’s Mayor and Cabinet will seek Compulsory Purchase Orders to take the land around the stadium currently leased to Millwall and the Millwall Community Trust and sell it to Renewal.

You can read the council’s documents here under the item New Bermondsey CPOs.

The Club is opposing it and our Chairman John Berylson has written to the Mayor and Cabinet urging them to reject the CPO proposals. As JB writes in his letter, which you can read by clicking here: “We face a challenge which threatens the Club’s very survival.” 

We’re all in this together so please get your friends to sign this petition at www.defendourden.com, share it on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @defendourden.

You can also email your views and objections to the Cabinet members at the following email addresses:

steve.bullock@lewisham.gov.uk
cllr_alan.smith@lewisham.gov.uk
cllr_chris.best@lewisham.gov.uk 
cllr_kevin.bonavia@lewisham.gov.uk
cllr_janet.daby@lewisham.gov.uk
cllr_joe.dromey@lewisham.gov.uk
damien.egan@lewisham.gov.uk
cllr_paul.maslin@lewisham.gov.uk
cllr_joan.millbank@lewisham.gov.uk
cllr_rachel.onikosi@lewisham.gov.uk

And you can also email our local MP vicky.foxcroft.mp@parliament.uk

Please be polite and courteous in your emails but do help us Defend Our Den!

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