The Regeneration Committee of the London Assembly is carrying out an investigation in to stadium-led regeneration and has requested interested parties to submit their views. The Trust felt this was an opportunity to raise some of the issues connected to ground development involving our club and other non-league football clubs in London, together with promoting the club to a wider audience.
The DHST submission sets out the recent successes of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club, both on and off the football pitch. These include increased attendances and positive involvement in numerous forms with the local community. It stresses the need for the support of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly for smaller clubs to remain and thrive in their existing communities where that involves stadium-led regeneration. The Trust’s submission is supportive of the wider use of football stadiums for the benefit of local people and the ability of football clubs like Dulwich Hamlet to provide a social focus in their own communities.
The Regeneration Committee will meet on 16 September to discuss the role of the Mayor and local authorities in planned stadium schemes. It will produce a report of its findings in autumn 2014, with all the submissions included.