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SBD Global/February 5, 2014/Franchises

League Championship Millwall Chair John Berylson Insists Club Will Remain At 'The Den'

League Championship Millwall Chair John Berylson "insists the club's long-term future is at The Den despite council redevelopment plans," according to SKY SPORTS. A statement on Millwall's website said that Berylson was "shocked and appalled" at Lewisham Council's decision to "sell off to a property developer the freehold of three areas around the stadium." Millwall said that its "own plans for the sites -- two of which are currently occupied by the club's car park and community centre -- have not even been considered" (SKY SPORTS, 2/3). LONDON24 reported the "freehold of three areas of land" is being "sold by the Council to developers Renewal Ltd." Millwall commissioned architects in '13 to "draw up plans for the development of the three areas adjoining the ground." Lewisham Council, however, "refused to consider Millwall's plans" and the Lions' claim "declined to share the commercial information the club would have required to make its own bid to buy the three parcels of land" (LONDON24, 2/3).
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