The Chelsea Supporters Trust welcomes the recent announcement by Chelsea FC regarding commissioning a study of the area from Fulham Broadway town centre to Stamford Bridge and beyond.
We particularly welcome the fact that “the study will also assess the feasibility of an expansion of the stadium within the existing historic site boundaries”. We note that the study specifically excludes “any design or details of a redevelopment on the stadium site” which presumably would wait until the study report has been published and decisions made.
As well as engaging stakeholders such as the local community and residents’ groups, which is clearly essential, we urge the club to actively involve Chelsea supporters in the study (and the implementation of its results), which is clearly of significant importance to all Chelsea supporters.
We will pass on to those conducting the study the comments and suggestions we have received from members of the local community following extensive door to door leafleting that we have carried out in the areas around Stamford Bridge over the last year, as well as ideas we have received with regard to Brompton Cemetery.
The CST is keen to work with the various parties involved in the study, as the stadium issue is of fundamental interest to our members, as was made clear in the 2013 CST Members’ Survey.