'Stop The Bulldozers'. Theresa May: Save The Last 'Grand' Stadium in London
London's last Grand Sporting venue, is set to be demolished simply for profit by developers Galliard Homes in April 2017, unless we bring the plans to a halt.
This follows approval of the planning application for a 20,000 football only stadium, coupled with a 602 home development of 'luxury' apartments, by Merton Borough Council.
Wimbledon’s iconic and historic 'Grand Stadium' built in 1928, has housedmany sports continually right up to the present day.
We, the undersigned, are asking for the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, to stop this development.
Yes the capital needs housing desperately, but it needs affordable housing for key workers such as nurses. This development will only provide luxury housing in an area that desperately needs cheap, practical housing.
The demolition of the 'Grand Old Lady' will be a massive loss to our National sporting heritage that could never be replaced once it is lost. It will also be a massive blow to thousands of hard working families who currently enjoy Oval Motorsport and Greyhound racing in the Capital at the venue every week.
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- Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
Theresa May MP
Save the capital's 'Grand Old Lady'.
London’s last iconic and historic sporting stadium is now set to be demolished, following the approval of the planning application by Merton Borough Council.
At a meeting of their Planning Committee the council agreed the proposed application for a 20,000 seater football only stadium, coupled with a development of over 600 luxury apartments.
The Plough Lane stadium is the last remaining motor sport venue in the capital, at a time when the local council have been quoted as wishing to see sporting diversification on the land. Indeed the Planning Inspector, who reviewed the application, put forward a suggestion that the area within Merton should be retained as a venue that serves multiple sports.
‘The Grand Old Lady’ has an incredible historical value also, being the last of the Grand London Stadiums still standing after the demise of the capital’s other great sporting venues to similar corporate development.
Despite being commercially viable the current ‘minority’ sports at the venue, have no recourse against the Goliaths of huge property developers such as Galliard Homes and their financial backers NAMA.
This is not the first time that the pair of corporate giants have utilised the planning system to their financial advantage, and it certainly won’t be the last.
In this instance, they are literally going to bulldoze a historic piece of London Sporting culture, against the will of the existing tenants and also the local population who are also against the proposed development.
We feel that it is incredibly unfair and unjust that this can be allowed to proceed under the current circumstances, when minority sports and venues are simply swept aside without any consideration.
I write to place on record my objection to the decision taken by the planning committee of Merton Borough Council numbered 14/P4361.
Yes this country desperately needs new homes, but especially in London, it needs proper affordable homes and not just 2nd and 3rd homes for overseas buyers.
The new mayor of London was elected on a mandate of ensuring that all new applications had 50% affordable homes. The current application on the site that he wishes to agree has a mere 9.6%.
That's right, just 9.6% !!
The local council has a policy of ensuring sporting intensification within it's boundaries, and yet with this application, two existing, commercially viable sports, that have been at the venue since 1928 and and 1962 respectively will be evicted, along with their heritage.
Ironically, this is the same sharp practice by a developer that was imposed upon the previous football club, that saw them evicted, and ultimately leave the borough for pastures new. Now as a supposed 'community club' that already has a home of its own, pure greed alone sees them wanting wanting to inflict the same action that in the case of Oval Motor Racing will see the demise of the proud grass roots sport.
As a member of parliament for many years now, you will be aware of Sport England's working ethos to protect all existing sporting grounds/stadiums and facilities. Despite this, the current leader of Merton Borough Council, nor any of the parties to the application, consulted with the two existing sporting tenants, with a view to at least consideration of relocation within the stated Section 106.
I trust you will agree that in a year where once again Britain has been seen as a sporting powerhouse, Sport England's noble ideals of not only maintaining but investing in the facilities of grass root sport for future generations, are ones that need to be upheld.
To this end, I urge you to intervene and hold a public inquiry to discuss transparently and democratically every aspect of the application currently under consideration.
We, the undersigned, are asking for the Prime Minister to please intervene in this matter, as the loss of Wimbledon Stadium will be a massive blow to the many thousands of hard working families, who currently enjoy Oval Racing in the Capital.
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