The New Bermondsey development has the potential to bring new homes, jobs and outstanding community facilities to an area of London that desperately needs it. We have always been clear that Millwall needs to be at the heart of any development – we want the club’s future to be secure and the Millwall Community Trust must be able to continue its fantastic work in the local area.
In the last few weeks, the new Chief Executive of Millwall Football Club, Steve Kavanagh, has identified new issues concerning the Club, which the Council is currently considering. Other issues have been raised in respect of the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation (SCSF). We are taking these issues seriously. The issues about the SCSF are now to be subject to an independent inquiry. The Council is not now proceeding with any Compulsory Purchase Order on New Bermondsey. Any decision that the Council may take in the future will be a wholly new decision.
In the meantime, we want to listen to all those who have a direct interest in the future of New Bermondsey. The Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Growth & Regeneration, Cllr Alan Smith, has written on behalf of the Cabinet to Steve Kavanagh to arrange a meeting with the Cabinet and to include representatives from Millwall Community Trust. We believe it is essential that we as politicians and decision makers hear the concerns directly.
A period of calm reflection is needed. We want to speak to Millwall, the Community Trust and the others affected by the CPO to fully understand their concerns. We are calling on all parties to engage constructively with each other in an attempt to find a workable solution.
Regeneration in this area is essential. This is now an opportunity to find the best possible outcome for everyone concerned.
Lewisham Council Cabinet