Newsletter – December 2015

Welcome to the final CST newsletter of 2015. As usual, plenty has been happening in the last month or so, both on and off the field. As this is the last CST newsletter before Christmas, we would like to take this opportunity to wish early Season’s Greetings and a happy and successful 2016 to all of our members.

CST Christmas Party

A reminder that the Xmas party will be held in the basement of the Finborough Arms after the Bournemouth game this Saturday. Admission is free and all members are welcome. Sounds are being provided by CST member and musicologist Wayne Croxford, so why not come along after, hopefully, another win and a fourth clean sheet in a row.

Stadium Redevelopment

It is pleasing to note that the next step in the Stamford Bridge redevelopment process, the application for planning permission to Hammersmith and Fulham council, has been submitted.

SGM Podcast

The link to the podcast of the SGM held on 21st November can be found here  As well as those able to attend in person and those who listen in live, we see offering the chance for members across the globe to listen at their leisure as an important part of our communication process.  Thanks to our friends at the award-winning Chelsea Fancast for hosting this.
Brief meeting notes, focusing on questions raised by members, can be found here.

CST Membership Survey

The results of the annual CST members survey were sent out a couple of weeks ago to the club, the media and CST members. The CST Membership Survey 2015  can be downloaded here. Representatives from the CST board held a constructive review meeting recently with senior club executives, discussing the survey results and other relevant issues.

Fans’ Forum Minutes
Minutes of the recent Fans Forum meeting can be found here. CST Forum representative Debbie Coady has responded individually to CST members who raised specific concerns for her to bring up at the Forum meeting.

European Away Ticketing

Further to discussions at recent Fans Forum meetings regarding access to European away game tickets, the club are looking for feedback on a proposed policy change. Currently, individuals in possession of season tickets (STs) in corporate and multiple names can purchase tickets for individuals who have not attended previous away matches in Europe. In other words, different individuals can be nominated for each game. The club proposes that for general admission tickets (not hospitality STs), multiple tickets held in a corporate name, or multiple tickets held in a single individual name, will only be entitled to purchase one ticket for a European away game.

To get round this, the club currently offers a free name change on an ST at the time of renewal, allowing the named individual to apply for their own ticket for a European away game. However, where a name is changed the previous season’s loyalty points which are used if a big game occurs in the early part of the new season, will not be carried forward.

Our Fans’ Forum rep, Debbie Coady, would welcome feedback on the proposal, negative or positive, as well as any questions on the proposed change, which is due to be implemented for the start of next season. Reference to the item can be found on page 4 of the Fans Forum minutes (link in the item above).

Please send any feedback to membership@chelseasupporterstrust.com by 16th December 2015.

Temporary Stadium

The CST board has, with member input, collated a list of issues relating to the proposed temporary move to another stadium (wherever that may be). This list has been sent to the club, as we believe it essential that there is dialogue on a range of relevant issues including ticketing, designated seating and facilities with regard to our temporary home, as well as with the redeveloped Stamford Bridge.

… and finally

The CST Board would like to thank all our members for their support during 2015 and wish them a peaceful Christmas and a happy and successful New Year.

Here’s to finishing in the top four!