Lewisham Council were due to sell land around The Den to property developers
18 February ~ Lewisham Council has deferred a decision which could jeopardise Millwall’s future after a petition against the move gained 15,000 signatures. Land around The Den, which is currently leased to the club and includes their car park, cafe and the Lions Centre – which plays an important role in the community – was due to be sold off to property developers. However, the compulsory purchased order has now been put on hold after the Defend Our Den campaign, giving Millwall time to talk to Renewal, the property developers, and come to an agreement.
Millwall themselves attempted to buy the land in 2013, after submitting plans for a scheme involving 400 homes and new facilities for the Millwall Community Trust. Renewal say their proposals will create 2,000 jobs, 2,400 homes and a new overground station. After the deferral, Millwall chief executive Andy Ambler said: “I would like to thank the fans for the huge amount of support they’ve given us – and I would urge them to keep signing the petition.” You can read and sign the petition here.
Photo by Tony Davis from WSC Photography: The Den, home to Millwall