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Four of five mayoral candidates oppose CPOs against Millwall

Those campaigning for Lewisham Labour position clarify their policies

5 September 2017

Responding to Millwall’s request to clarify their policies, four of the five Labour mayoral candidates in Lewisham have now declared their opposition to the use of compulsory purchase orders as well as expressing their support for Millwall to play a part in the regeneration project to develop the land around the football stadium.

Until late on 4 September, after it had issued a statement, MFC had only received responses to its open letter from four out of the five Labour mayoral candidates. Damien Egan had not yet responded when MFC’s first statement was issued, however, all replies have now been received.

Councillor Egan’s views and policies are important to us; he is a Cabinet member and a mayoral candidate. He has now responded and has made it clear that he does not support the introduction of a fresh CPO and he no longer supports the sale of the freeholds of the Millwall land: “My policy on all Council owned land is that it should never be sold to private developers.”He has also expressed firm support for Millwall to play an active part in the redevelopment of the area around the football stadium.

The football club is therefore delighted to learn that four Labour candidates have all expressed their support for Millwall and its ambitions to participate in the urban regeneration project for this part of the borough. They oppose the use of CPOs, they oppose the sale of Council land to a private developer, they support Milwall’s participation in the redevelopment and they want Millwall and its community scheme to remain here. However, the Club is disappointed that Paul Maslin, a ward councillor for Millwall, has confirmed his support for a CPO and the sale of the freeholds of the Millwall land to Renewal.

Steve Kavanagh said: “We wish the four supportive candidates well in their election campaign and look forward to working with a new Mayor and Cabinet which we hope will be friendly, co-operative and supportive of Millwall Football Club and Millwall Community Trust, and everything we bring to the local community. It is our ambition to remain here and play an active part in regenerating this area and supporting this community. That’s what we have been doing for many years, and I would like to think that we can continue to do so for many more. Long after the cranes, bulldozers and developers have gone, I hope Millwall will still be here as an active member of a thriving community.”

The responses can be found here:

Cllr Alan Hall
Cllr Brenda Dacres
Cllr Paul Bell
Cllr Paul Maslin
Cllr Damien Egan

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