Chairman not drawn on alternative Millwall sites

JOHN Berylson has revealed Millwall have spoken to a number of property developers about their own Bermondsey scheme.

But funds won't yet be sunk into firm plans, with the current impasse with Lewisham council still to be resolved.

Berylson was speaking to shareholders at Millwall's AGM at The Den on Friday, when the threat of the council's compulsory purchase order (CPO) was the dominant concern.

In a statement this week, the Millwall chairman admitted the club had "taken steps to investigate alternative sites", should Lewisham compulsorily purchase land around The Den and hand it over to property developer Renewal. That move would jeopardise the future of the club's academy and Millwall Community Trust.

Berylson was asked by a shareholder which sites had been investigated.

"I don't want to go into that level of detail," Berylson responded. "But the answer is, yes, we have considered relocating."

Berylson is not giving up hope of an improvement in relations with Lewisham council, with next May's mayoral election – in which Labour's Damien Egan and Conservative Ross Archer, who are against the Lewisham CPO, are running – a potential turning point.

"There are a lot of things that can be done here," Berylson said in relation to Millwall being involved in any regeneration scheme. "This is a canvas that has yet to be painted. Maybe the council after the elections or before might have a different perspective on things."

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly