Lions director urges fans to petition council over land sale

© Andy Worthington
© Andy Worthington

FAN on the board Peter Garston has called on fellow Millwall supporters to sign a petition against a council decision to sell land around The Den to a developer.

Garston, who has represented Lions fans in boardroom discussions since April 2006, wants Lewisham council to reconsider their deal with Renewal.

Contracts have been exchanged on the sale of three pieces of land adjoining the stadium, which are currently leased to the club and their community scheme.



Millwall claim that their own proposals for the area were ignored by the council, and that they were not given the chance to bid for the land before the deal with Renewal was agreed.

Garston said: "We urge Lewisham council to stop this sale and get back round the table to consider Millwall's plans."

Over a 1,000 fans have signed the petition since it was launched this morning.



"We need as many signatures as we can possibly get to turn the council's head," Garston added. "If everyone can get behind it, we're in with a chance."

>>> Visit DefendOurDen.com to sign the petition NOW! <<<

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23 thoughts on “Lions director urges fans to petition council over land sale

  • February 7, 2014 at 15:36
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    Its nice to at last here from the fans voice on the Board, will Lewisham Council take any notice of non Lewisham residents signing the petition, and as these contracts have been exchanged while do we think that hard nosed business men are going to help us rather than make a good profit from there deal.

    We need to hear from the real board members not the token with no teeth, what will make this harder for them to push through is if and its a big if that we start to move up the leaguse and get slightly bigger gates and more of the right type of media attention.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 15:46
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    This isn't about the hear and now.... because right now Renewal want to make profit whereas Millwall have history in the area and should've rightly been given 1st option on whether to buy the land around the Den!

    As a club we have been in Lewisham Council's area for god knows how long and now renewal all of a sudden with their money want to threaten the club which has given so much back to the local community... where is the logic from the Council??

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  • February 7, 2014 at 15:51
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    I'd like to see ex-Millwall players/Managers, Executives getting involved with this as they could all massively add weight behind the petition for Millwall as a club and company to get Lewisham Council to review their decision!

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  • February 7, 2014 at 16:06
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    Plans were submitted by lewisham council for redevelope the area..to parliment in 2010..the board has had 4 years to sort the plans with lewisham ...but did f*ck all..now they want our help.

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    • February 7, 2014 at 16:12
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      @Jim28: Better late than never Jim.... the council also said Millwall would be at the forefront of any discussions to develop that land, but the council since December have given the club the cold shoulder.... so it's time for us to get involved... DONT FORGET TO SIGN UP!!

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      • February 8, 2014 at 00:30
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        @Bradders: i knew that mfc was to be involed in the plans..but there was no dicussions between mfc & lewisham council for months ..so lc went with renewal...dont know the true reasons or facts & we never will

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  • February 7, 2014 at 16:14
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    I'm still a bit confused about this. From Berylson's statement I presumed we'd been totally shafted by Lewisham Council, but from reading Cllr Alan Smith's comments (on other sites), it makes it out the club is to blame.

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    • February 7, 2014 at 16:28
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      @Micky Lions: Hi Micky, what I've read and heard has changed my mind constantly but this is how I read it.....

      Berylson bought the club and one of the reasons was the redevelopment potential around the Den, which he wanted to develop and bring in another revenue stream from selling property around the ground or get involved with some development where he and the club could make money.... with the loss of this it could mean the club make less money and Berylson could decide to leave as well because there is no money to be clawed back with the clubs continued debts!

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  • February 7, 2014 at 16:37
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    Yes, please do SIGN - UP everyone, I did so this morning as did a lot of early birds. It can only assist Peter G in his efforts. We are right with you P. G . ( Lions Fans stick together, or most of them do ) .

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  • February 7, 2014 at 16:43
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    Read a statement from Lewisham on a other site, The board have been slow coming foward with any concrete statements regarding the regen. Therefore they gave it to renewal. I HAVE SIGNED the petition but someone is telling porkies!

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  • February 7, 2014 at 16:53
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    JB bought this club because of the profit he could earn developing this land as well as his new found love Millwall Fc, he's angry due to getting shafted, by people who would love to see us gone from South London,JB has lost a fortune every year so if he needs help we should sign the petition even march, save our wall I'm in its the right thing to do, we've been pushed around by the government for to long stand up and be counted, don't let em take our club.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 17:00
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    All supporters should sign the petition and as I said in an earlier post, all Lewisham residents get down to your council surgery and start giving your councillors some grief. The more of you that do it the more the more impact you will have. Who knows, there may even be some Millwall supporters among the councillors.

    The Millwall board were slow to act, certainly after the council meeting on 12 March 2012, which effectively gave Renewal the deal. Want is important that we all act now. How about a demo at the Council offices?

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  • February 7, 2014 at 18:35
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    blinding idea. lets let more foreigners take our land !!! a dissent pub and a dissent eatery and a more reliable train service would be a + BETTER POLICEING WHY LET S.WEDNESDAY OUT SAME TIME AS US?GETTING PISSD OFF WITH IT ALL

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    • February 7, 2014 at 20:52
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      @>millwallmark let reading out same time as well.whats the point of having cowards way. Then put them on the same train as us. I think the OB want something to happen

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  • February 7, 2014 at 18:55
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    I think if everyone who has attended our last Wembley appearance marched on Lewisham Council & Downing street if we had to then the people in power would have to sit up & listen.
    Let's face it who would want 40k plus p***** off Millwall fans marching against them.
    COYL
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  • February 7, 2014 at 19:17
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    I have signed but I have been told from a very reliable source, that petitions are all well and good, but people generally sign petitions whatever they are for. Individual letters have better impact, so I urge all Lions fans to bombard Lewisham Council with a well constructed letter as well as signing. Will start on one tomorrow myself.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 23:19
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    Signed!

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  • February 8, 2014 at 02:33
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    Wouldn't it be nice if just for once people with considerable power and influence took into account the feelings of the sum times not so fortunate, a club is nothing without its people, it's fans who live and die with it and in it, generations of fans who have given everything since they can first remember. Not to mention the impact that clubs have in their communities providing pathways for young men and women to have a purpose and learn. Millwall football club is so much an important part of the rich fabric of south London and deserves to be respected when decisions are made about the future of the community which it has so magnificently contributed to over many years.

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  • February 8, 2014 at 12:45
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    There was a whole article on this by Toby Porter in Fridays Deptford & new cross south London press. There was a timeline of events in there - of discussions between Millwall, lewisham and renewal- But still quite a few blank spaces in it- some the length of 1-2 years, and what happened in these gaps are anyone's guess.
    Looking at it from lewishams point of view in comparing our clubs plans to renewals- we don't look good in the development and making money stakes. 'Mushtaq Malik started buying land 12 years ago on finding out there was a new station being built'. In 12 years at millwall we've had changes in ownership, chief execs and so on- each bringing there own ideas, there own ways of doing business etc- not to mention one eye on how to keep things ticking over in the dressing room and on the pitch. Meanwhile Mr Malik hasn't got all that to worry about- he just goes- 'here's 60 million quid for the land- when can I start building?!'
    But in our defence- we shouldn't have been overlooked when the buying of the land was going on. Especially when it's right next to the ground. This is a big part of our argument- with the added positives the club brings to the community like in grassgrowers comment.
    My hope is we can either- overthrow part of the transaction between renewal and lewisham on the land directly next to the ground- or talks between Berylson and Malik can be re-entered in striking some kind of deal in Berylson buying or investing in some of the surrounding businesses that will be created in the development?? I'm no businessman- I don't know how it all works. But I hope some sort of middle-ground can be met here.... This is just my VERY basic view off reading that article... and I've already written too much! My head's pounding! I need a cuppa..... COYL

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  • February 10, 2014 at 14:05
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    We will fight won't we?

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  • February 13, 2014 at 15:56
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    I've just read the statement from the council posted on a recent thread about Trotter. It says the club is safe under a 132-year lease despite the slae of land. I doubt the club would actually spend money developing the land around the stadium anyway so what is the problem?
    Maybe I need to read the club's statement (which could/should be posted on here) to find out where exactly I stand on the issue. Right now, and I admit I may be totally ignorant to the problems that Renewal could cause, I don't see anything to be concerned about. I'll always side with the club whatever happens but I wouldn't mind knowing exactly who the enemy is.

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