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Millwall Chairman John Berylson 'encouraged' as CPO decision referred back to Lewisham Mayor and Cabinet

21 September 2016

"Millwall will continue to make its case to stop the CPOs and once again urges the Council to call off this process."

Millwall Chairman John Berylson has taken 'encouragement' following Tuesday night's decision by Lewisham Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee to call in the Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) and refer it back to the Lewisham Mayor and Cabinet. He said: "We are pleased that Lewisham Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee has decided overwhelmingly to call in the Mayor and Cabinet's decision to start the CPO process and ask them to review it.
"Seven committee members backed the call in, none opposed and one abstained on the basis he had arrived late and had not read the documents.

"We were encouraged that the committee added it had concerns over Renewal's plans on the grounds of viability, deliverability, reputational risk to the Council and failure to meet the public interest tests for granting the CPOs.
"Millwall will continue to make its case to stop the CPOs and once again urges the Council to call off this process so the authority and Renewal can get back round the table with the Club, the residents and local businesses facing the threat of compulsory purchase. 
"We fully support the regeneration but want to play a part in delivering it to protect the interests of the Club, our fans and the wider community.
"Even though we have gone into extra time, we call on Lewisham Council and Renewal to work with Millwall so we can develop the land leased to the Club and the Millwall Community Trust.

"However we want to reassure supporters that it is still business as usual at Millwall FC and this CPO process will not affect the day-to-day running of the Club or the Millwall Community Trust.
"This process will take a long time with a possible public inquiry and a final decision made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

"But hopefully after the decision by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Lewisham and Renewal will see sense and sit down with us to to make this work for everyone.

"Finally we would like to thank the 26,000 people who signed the Defend Our Den petition and our local MPs Vicky Foxcroft and Neil Coyle who have supported Millwall's case."

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