Earlier today, members of the BIAS Committee and the Stadium Action Group delivered our petition to Murad Qureshi, (Assembly Member) for him to pass to the Mayor of London’s office prior to The Mayor deciding whether to confirm the decision of Hounslow Council Planning Committee to grant planning permission on 5th December for Brentford Football Club’s planning application for a new community stadium at Lionel Road.
We reluctantly decided to launch our petition just over a two weeks ago on the 28th January.
We took this action because we noted that a group opposed to the scheme has, for the past 6 weeks, been encouraging people to sign a petition and were using (again) a misleading image of the proposals.
Over the past week we have gathered over 9,000 signatures. A large number of these came from residents of Hounslow, together with a significant number from Greater London and beyond. We believe this shows that the economic and community benefits of this project are of great significance and apply much more widely than just the immediate surrounding area. Also, the Club has worked hard to minimise the impact of views on these areas and the World Heritage Site.
BIAS member, Gemma Teale said: “We need to take this opportunity to create something that has room for us to grow. It really is a great opportunity. Unlike many new stadium developments, and several suggestions for a new Brentford stadium in the past, it doesn’t mean creating something that is separate from its community. In fact we will be able to bring the community closer to the club with the new facilities for the award winning Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. The residential development that will surround the club will add to this, and BFC will remain a community club.
“We need to let the decision makers know that there is support locally, in London, and nationally, for developments of this kind. We should also remind them that football clubs and football fans still can be parts of their communities.
“We are aware the Secretary of State can also call this matter in and review it. We sincerely hope he will feel confident in the extensive work done by Hounslow and decide he has no need to do this.”