D-en Day! You can still help us!
Sep 7, 2016 — Today's the day.
We'll find out at 6pm tonight whether Lewisham Council will grant the CPOs to take land away from Millwall, the Millwall Community Trust, residents and local businesses or get back round the table with the Club.
I'll be going to personally make our case and having 24,000 signatures from our petition is fantastic support.
The Daily Mail has covered the campaign http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3776331/Millwall-chairman-writes-Sadiq-Khan-bid-stop-developers-getting-hands-land-surrounding-Den.html and you can listen to Defend Our Den on BBC Radio London from this morning. https://soundcloud.com/defendourden/defend-our-den-on-bbc-radio-london-7-september-7-2016
This morning both the local MPs Neil Coyle and Vicky Foxcroft have sent a letter to Mayor and Cabinet calling on them to halt the CPOs.
I've copied it at the bottom of this email.
Even the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson has tweeted his support!
But even at this late hour, you can still help.
Please email the Mayor and Cabinet to urge them to make the right decision.
You can email:
Sir Steve Bullock - firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Smith - email@example.com
Chris Best - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Bonavia - email@example.com
Janet Daby - Cllr_janet.firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Dromey - email@example.com
Damien Egan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Maslin - email@example.com
Joan Millbank - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Onikosi - email@example.com
You can also tweet them at:
Please also email the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan asking him to make a last minute intervention. You can tweet him at @MayorofLondon and @SadiqKhan
If you want to follow tonight's events, follow @defendourden on Twitter where we'll try to tweet updates and hopefully stream the meeting. Also follow the hashtags #DefendOurDen and #SAYNO2CPO
Whatever happens tonight, I just want to thank you for your support.
Even if we lose, the battle is not over.
We will fight the CPOs all the way and your continued support means a lot.
Millwall Fan on the Board and Defend Our Den
Letter from Neil Coyle MP and Vicky Foxcroft MP
Dear Lewisham Cabinet Members,
Compulsory Purchasing land around Millwall Football Club
We are writing to you together to outline our severe concerns about Lewisham Council plans to use a Compulsory Purchase Order to buy land around Millwall Football Club and develop it in a way that we, the club and its fans believe is detrimental to its future.
We have both been contacted by many local fans of the club who are distressed to see what they believe are plans that will undermine the club’s future on the border of Lewisham and Southwark.
The club is very concerned about the impact of the existing plans. We are particularly concerned that the full extent of the club’s benefits to the local area and community are recognised. The Millwall Community Trust does some truly outstanding work in our boroughs – including helping young people avoid crime and engaging young players on estates in a way that is aimed at tackling the likelihood of joining gangs. The social responsibility of the club is second to no other major team – as demonstrated in an academic study.
There is a move nationally to secure more responsible partnerships and ensure full tax transparency in the UK. This is something we very much support as Labour MPs.
The partner chosen for this project, according to information published by the council, has two parent companies which are both registered offshore and whose ultimate beneficiaries have not been identified. This is in spite of having an office in Lewisham and developing in Lewisham. We find this corporate structure to be of considerable concern.
We will also be contacting the Mayor of London and Sports Minister to outline our concerns about the current plans.
We hope Lewisham Council recognises the Labour Group vote on this issue on Monday night and acts to ensure the current proposals are re-examined with the best interests of the club, the community and our boroughs in mind.
Neil Coyle MP Vicky Foxcroft MP