optimism as latest plans for Brentford FC stadium are unveiled
group working with developers to ensure that the club stays close
Brentford Football Club�s supporters group claim they may have made
a �crucial breakthrough� in their bid to secure a new stadium for
the club at Lionel Road, Brentford, the result of a innovative partnership
between the club�s supporters and �mystery� developers.
The 23,000-seater stadium would be situated between Kew Bridge Station
and the Brentford Fountains Leisure centre on Chiswick High Road.
The plans, which include a number of leisure facilities and a monorail
scheme, hung in the balance when the land�s owners, SRA, announced
plans with an anonymous developer to turn the site into a warehousing
However, should the BEES new partnership work out, not only would
the club have an alternative site in their home town, but planning
restrictions on the sale of current ground, Griffin Park, would
be loosened by the council and so provide the club with a crucial
source of income to clear current debts and afford a further £10
million towards the £70 million scheme.
The development company partner would supply the further £60
million on the basis that they would receive profits from facilitating
other developments on the site and raise their company�s profile.
There is a suggestion that the Fountains Leisure Centre may be knocked
down as part of the scheme.
Next steps are to complete an economic evaluation of the plan and
meetings with Council members to ascertain local support for this
Bees Utd chairman John McGlashan said �It is well over a year now
since we made the first attempts to ascertain whether Lionel Road
was a suitable location for Brentford Football Club. During that
time, especially last summer, the amount of effort put in by the
supporters, the Local Authority, and Hounslow's MPs Ann and Alan
Keen is very much appreciated by me, so when the developers told
us they felt our proposals were workable, I was absolutely delighted.
There are still some major hurdles to jump, but I do feel we are
making real progress - I just wish these things didn't take so long!
However, if taking our time gives us what we want, it is better
than rushing things through and getting it wrong.''
Brentford chairman, Ron Noades is keeping an open mind saying �We
would be delighted if the Lionel Road project proves to be viable.
But at this stage we must explore all avenues and, therefore, our
£3 million bid for Feltham Arenas still stands. We will pursue
whichever deal can be tied up first - we can't afford to let an
opportunity slip by. A move to either Feltham or Lionel Road would
satisfy all the conditions on the residential development of Griffin
Park and maximise the revenue.''
announced for new Brentford FC stadium
Brentford FC Documentary out on video
and Supporters to meet regularly to secure club's future
- Brentford Supporters Group