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Planning Update

This update contains the latest on the planning application, feedback from our meetings with local councillors and MPs and important news regarding the Council’s proposals for the new Southwark Plan consultation which includes proposals for Champion Hill which are not currently in the best interests for the future of our Club and requires your help.

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New Southwark Plan – Area Visions and Site Allocations: WE NEED YOUR HELP!


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Southwark Council are in the process of drafting new site allocations and area visions for the New Southwark Plan. Included within this was an allocation for the existing Champion Hill stadium site including the land around the stadium (car wash, car park) and the land on which the stadium buildings sit (health club, bar, changing rooms etc.) but specifically excluding the football pitch. The important bit here is that development of all land except the pitch means that the Club would have to function without any of the basic ancillary elements (turnstiles, stands, bar, changing rooms) that are essential to be able to function at even a basic level of football let alone one at Isthmian level or above. Whilst we welcome the inclusion of the Champion Hill site in the proposals (in the sense that there is an understanding from the Council that the site can be redeveloped in the future), the current proposals do not have sufficient consideration for the Football Club and its ability to function properly. We urge all supporters to take the opportunity to make comments on this document by 7 July.

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Revised MOU signed with Meadow

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In 2015 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hadley Property Group. This set out the key points of our working relationship with them including common understanding and commitments on key aspects of the proposed development and the transition to fan ownership. With the change from Hadley Property Group to Meadow in October 2016 we felt it was necessary to revisit the MOU and update to reflect the current situation.

We’re now pleased to say that both parties have signed a revised agreement which retains and builds upon all the main sentiments of the original MOU. The updated MoU emphasises how vital the planning application is to the future of the club.  A brand new, fit-for-purpose stadium, a facility for local schools and the community groups, and a sustainable, debt-free future for our club, owned by the fans.  If you haven’t already, please take 10 minutes to tell the Planning Inspectorate – by 7 March – why you #SupportourStadium. Continue reading “Revised MOU signed with Meadow”

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Your Club needs you – #SupportOurStadium

Do you love our Club?  Then the time to act is binäre optionen am wochenende handeln now.

Southwark Council have http://teen-spanking.com/?popka=opciones-de-divisas-wikipedia opciones de divisas wikipedia not taken a decision on the planning application to redevelop Champion Hill.  Meadow Residential (the owners of Champion Hill) have now appealed against the failure of the Council to make a decision within the statutory time period and for the refusal to allow amendments to the existing Section 106 agreement.  The cases have now been referred to the Planning Inspectorate.  This is our last chance to demonstrate our support for the scheme.  We must sildenafil billigast all act before the indicadores de comercio exterior y política comercial análisis y derivaciones de la balanza de pagos deadline for comments on 7 March.   Continue reading “Your Club needs you – #SupportOurStadium”

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Securing the future of our football club

Last week the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust (DHST) met with the current operators of Champion Hill, Meadow Residential LLP (Meadow). We requested this meeting to discuss the changes in the running of our football club, the current financial situation, the latest progress on the planning application to redevelop the ground (including the Section 106 protection) and plans for fan ownership. The following is an update on these various interlinked issues. Continue reading “Securing the future of our football club”

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Matchday operations at Champion Hill

One of our objectives is for DHFC to be a well-run Football Club and making sure that the ground and match day operations are working to the satisfaction of the supporters is part of that. We have therefore been in touch with the new General Manager, Chris Taylor, since early August to try and ensure that happens and continue a dialogue that was taking place with Hadley Property Group for the last couple of years.

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Champion Hill Redevelopment Survey

The Supporters’ Trust have launched a survey aimed at gathering the views of our members and other Dulwich Hamlet supporters, in relation to any future stadium development. The consultation will be open until autopzioni binarie it 17th August 2014 and the results used to inform the Trust’s response to the request for comments from Hadley Property Group.

We hope to receive a wide range of responses, so please do encourage other supporters to submit their views before the closing date. The survey itself should not take more than 15 minutes to complete, and is largely focused on the facilities supporters would view as important within a new stadium.

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Asset of Community Value Listing

Southwark Council have informed Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust that the Asset of Community Value (ACV) listing approved for Dulwich Hamlet’s ground last year has been removed. This is only a legal technicality, because ownership of the ground was in the hands of the administrators of the previous owner at the time of the listing.

Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust is currently considering its options, of which re-submitting the nomination for listing the ground as an Asset of Community Value is one. The Supporters’ Trust intends to discuss the options with its members in the coming weeks and will also seek to engage further with the new owners of the Football Club and the ground, Hadley Property Group.

Trust Statement on Latest Developments

After months of uncertainty and speculation, it is now clear that the freehold of Dulwich Hamlet’s football ground at Champion Hill has been (or shortly will be) acquired by the Hadley Property Group.

One of the Supporters’ Trust’s key objectives since its creation has been to ensure that the Football Club has a secure, long term future at a ground at its traditional home and to this end the Trust secured designation of the current ground as ‘Other Open Space’ in 2007 and listing as an Asset of Community Value in 2013. This overall objective remains unchanged.

It is clear that the Football Club is entering a time of potentially unprecedented change in four fundamental and inter-related areas:
– who owns and runs the Football Club, what structure that takes and what involvement the supporters have in this;
– where the Football Club plays, what associated facilities and businesses it has, and how much it pays for a lease;
– how the Football Club becomes financially viable, self sustaining and transparent – spending no more than it receives in income;
– what facilities are available to the wider local community and role the Football Club plays within it.

These are huge questions and the Trust welcomes the fact that the Football Club has called an Tadalafil Tastylia orally disintegrating strips open public meeting at 5.15pm after the game on Saturday 22nd February to start to communicate its position. We urge all supporters to attend to hear for themselves what their thinking is.

Finally, with the forthcoming months promising such fundamental change (perhaps for the better, but unfortunately perhaps not), the Supporters’ Trust itself needs to develop and grow to meet the challenge. The Trust is a voluntary organisation and the current Board members all have day jobs – if the Trust is to serve and represent its growing membership and the wider supporter base properly in through the changes that lie ahead it really does need, and will warmly welcome, fresh blood and additional pairs of hands.

So if you care about the future of the club and want to play a part in helping to shape it on behalf of the supporters, don’t just sit back and let others do it – binäre optionen bei comdirect please come and see us at the club shop at home games or send an email to info@dhst.org.uk and GET INVOLVED!

Supporters’ Trust secures ‘Community Asset’ Listing for Ground

The Supporters’ Trust today announced that the application that it made to have the stadium at Champion Hill listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) had been agreed by Southwark Council.

The implications of such a listing are set out in the Press Release sent out today which is copied below. Further details will be included in a future Newsletter to members.

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Champion Hill stadium, long-standing home to Dulwich Hamlet FC, has been listed as an “Asset of Community Value” by Southwark Council. It is the first London football ground to be listed.  

It follows an application in August by the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters Trust, with help from south London football bloggers Tales from the Pigeon Stands. The Trust asked the council to use new powers granted by the Localism Act. The listing lasts for five years and any owner of the property has to apply to the council before they can sell the freehold or a lease longer than 25 years. Community groups then have six weeks to decide whether they would like to express an interest in bidding for the property. If they do, the owner is not able to sell for six months, although they don’t have to sell to the community group.

Eddie Muraszko, Chair of the Trust said: “We are delighted that the Council has agreed to the listing. These powers are designed to give the community greater chance to secure the future of community assets like the stadium. While it is only limited protection we are pleased to have the added safeguard it does provide, on top of the ground’s designation as Other Open Space which the Supporters’ Trust successfully secured a few years ago.”
 
Home to historic Dulwich Hamlet for almost a century, Champion Hill has also been home ground for  Fisher Athletic, Millwall Lionesses and London FA representative sides.  In the 1930s, the original stadium attracted crowds of 20,000 and more. 

Dulwich Hamlet is not alone in taking this action.  Stadiums including Old Trafford and Oxford United’s Kassam stadium have already been confirmed as assets of community value, and there are at least another 15 nominations in the pipeline.

Tom Hall of Supporters Direct, the national umbrella body for supporters trusts, says: “We welcome Southwark’s decision to list the Champion Hill stadium as an ACV. The facility, despite significant uncertainty as to it’s future for a number of years, has continued to provide value to its communities and the clubs that use the stadium. We hope it is the first step in securing its future and potentially under community ownership. We congratulate Dulwich Hamlet Supporters Trust on this achievement”

Until spring 2012, the freehold for the stadium was owned by DHPD Ltd, which had borrowed £1.2m to buy it from King’s College. It then went into administration believed to owing far more than the original sum borrowed.

The continuing uncertainty and speculation about the stadium that the administration has caused has thrown a spotlight on the need to ensure that club supporters are given maximum opportunity to influence the future.
Many football teams, especially non league clubs in London, have lost their stadiums over the last 20 years, as owners sold out.

“Our aim is make sure that Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is not added to this list and to ensure that, on top of the success the club is having on the field, it has a sustainable future in its long-term home,” said Mr Muraszko.
 
Notes to editors:

1) Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust is an independent, democratic, not for profit organisation aiming to secure a successful and sustainable future for Dulwich Hamlet Football Club by increasing supporter involvement in its running. It was founded in 2003 and has over 100 members. It’s website is www.dhst.org.uk

2) Dulwich Hamlet’s home ground at Champion Hill was designated as Other Open Space in the Southwark Plan in 2007 after a successful lobbying campaign by the Trust. This means that permission to build on the ground cannot be granted unless equivalent replacement facilities are provided within 400 metres. Further details on this are at http://dhst.org.uk/about/trust-activities/trustandground/

3) DHPD Ltd went into administration on 31st May 2012. The administrators are Harris Lipman LLP.

4) Further details of about the Community Right to Bid is at https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/giving-people-more-power-over-what-happens-in-their-neighbourhood