Here is the February 2015 Chelsea Supporters Trust newsletter. There is plenty going on at the moment and this newsletter is designed to keep our members up to date with CST activities
Special General Meeting — Reminder
A reminder that the next CST Special General meeting is after the Burnley game, in the basement of the Finborough Arms. Further information, including the agenda, is detailed here
The special guest is PC Paul Wright of the Football Intelligence Unit who will discuss match day policing at Stamford Bridge, touting, away and overseas policing etc.
In addition to those physically present at meetings, we are getting an increasing number of members listening live or downloading a recording. Over 2,000 people downloaded the last SGM on Soundcloud, and a lot more listened using I Tunes.
One issue bound to be raised at the SGM is the new £5.1bn TV deal, the opportunities it presents PL clubs around ticket pricing from 2016/17 and what the CST can do in terms or campaigning. Every supporter will have a view on this, so come along to the meeting and express yours.
The CST wrote to the club requesting a ticket price freeze for the 2015/16 season. The letter can be seen here. We discussed the contents of the letter with the club, and they said they understand our position and informed that the prices for next season will be announced in due course. It is worth pointing out that this letter was sent, and discussed with the club, before the new TV deal was announced.
League Cup Final — Meeting with Met Police
Two CST board members are attending a meeting with the Metropolitan Police and other interested parties to discuss policing at the forthcoming League Cup final. The meeting takes place in the week before the game. If there are specific issues you would like raised, please let us know at the SGM.
The feedback received after recent pre-match light displays at Stamford Bridge has been very positive, and it is clear that these displays have had a positive impact on atmosphere in the ground. CST board members continue to meet with, and work with, club executives on this issue.
Street Ticket Touting
Street ticket touting is clearly becoming an increasing problem on match days and it is evident from feedback that this is a very hot issue with our members. We are talking to a number of other supporters trusts (including QPR and Fulham, who are in the same borough as Chelsea) as to the best way to campaign on this issue (both on a Chelsea specific basis, and more widely), and to get the police and council to take more effective action. The current Culture Secretary’s stated position that touts are ‘classic entrepreneurs’ indicates that legislation may be some way off but we are exploring what realistic options exist. This is another issue that will be explored at the SGM.
We wish safe and enjoyable trip to Paris for all Chelsea supporters travelling out. The CST have spoken to the club about the problems experienced by disabled supporters last April and the steps that have been taken to avoid a recurrence.You can read our statement on the matter here
At the recent CPO AGM, we submitted advance questions about the future of the stadium and related issues. These were answered verbally by CPO board members, who also gave us this written response: –
“We have met with architects appointed by the Club for the very limited purpose of being shown a scheme for possible developments to the streetscape in the immediate vicinity of Stamford Bridge. Rick Glanvill was also consulted to identify club “heritage” colours that might be used in that scheme. We have not been privy to any stadium redevelopment plans. Nor have we been given any indication of milestones. We have, as you might expect, asked the Club to be as forthcoming and transparent as they can be as to their proposals. We have not been involved in or briefed about any discussions which the Club may have had with the local authority. If, in due course, a planning application is made we must, as owners of the ground, be made aware of any specific proposals.
We have had no discussions with the Club about the future of CPO in the event of a Stadium redevelopment. To date the Club have been very supportive of CPO. The Directors remain committed to the company’s objects. A stadium re-development would not affect the fundamental purpose of CPO. CPO’s future role is, and will remain, a matter for its shareholders and not for the Club.”
In the News
Gary Lineker demands affordable football for all as new TV deal makes each televised match worth £10m (with quotes from CST chair Tim Rolls).
Henry Winter: Premier League must agree to underwrite fan campaign for maximum £20 away ticket.
Playfair Qatar: 4,000 workers likely to die before 2022 Qatar World Cup
FSF statement on unjustified and unreasonable SAG decision to reduce Stoke allocation at Blackburn.
Chelsea could take advantage and make Wembley a temporary home.
Club advice on street ticket touting
Great article on how football in London has changed over the last 40 years
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