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Berylson hosts Millwall AGM

CPO the main discussion point

15 December 2017

Millwall Football Club's annual general meeting took place at The Den on Friday (15th December).

Lions chairman John Berylson began the yearly event before director Constantine Gonticas oversaw the re-election of fellow board members as well as the carrying of other resolutions.

Before Berylson's speech, which was focused on the ongoing New Bermondsey and compulsory purchase order topic, other matters raised included security on a matchday - an issue addressed by chief executive Steve Kavanagh.

The chairman then supplied his address, which started with praise for all those who have provided outstanding support of Millwall, including fans and members of the media, during a time when the prospect of CPOs on land around The Den continues to threaten the future of the club, its Academy and the Community Trust.

Guests in attendance then asked questions for Berylson and other board members, which began on the subject of potential relocation. The chairman quickly pointed out that was ultimately a worst-case scenario and entirely dependent on Lewisham Council's commitment to re-forming a positive working relationship with the club over the regeneration.

The club's moral objections - views shared by all guests - to what has developed inside the last 15 months, during which the threat of CPO became a very real one, were then discussed between Berylson and shareholders. The fact that political and moral arguments were not addressed in Lord Dyson's report was a key talking point.

The chairman expressed his clear desire for the regeneration to go ahead, as has always been the case, and revealed details of upcoming meetings with Lewisham Mayoral candidates from both the Labour and Conservative parties before the meeting closed.

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