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Notice served and Dulwich Hamlet locked out of ground

whats the latest with this? been following from a distance (sunderland) and last thing i read was the article which mentioned rio ferdinand putting money in. now it seems that Sadiq Khan and the local council are fighting for the side of DHFC? surely a good sign? how likely is it that DHFC will return to champion hill, either in the short term or long term?

if the worst were to happen, would the club survive, and would they find a new permanent home?

sorry if all of this has been covered, i've read what i can and its not very clear what the current state of play is.

i really enjoyed my day out there in 2016, had a soft spot for Dulwich ever since and sometimes wear my pink and blue scarf out and about in sunderland
 

Dulwich Mishi

Old Skool Terrace Dinosaur-embracing the new-veau!
R.I.P.
The answer to your questions is...how long is the proverbial piece of string?

Rio was part of a housing consortium that want to buy the ground off of Meadow Residential, but thus far they are not budging.
There are apparently other interested parties too, who are football friendly.
Southwark Council have said they will issue a compulsory purchase order, but all of these things take time.
As it stands our squad are out of contract at the end of the season but the directors of the Football Club Limited are working very hard to get sponsorship and a budget plan in place for next season.
It all depends on when Meadow finally see sense and sell up, as far as I am concerned.
Ground wise, we have a ground share agreement in place with Tooting & Mitcham United, who-despite being our rivals-have been very good to us.
 
The answer to your questions is...how long is the proverbial piece of string?

Rio was part of a housing consortium that want to buy the ground off of Meadow Residential, but thus far they are not budging.
There are apparently other interested parties too, who are football friendly.
Southwark Council have said they will issue a compulsory purchase order, but all of these things take time.
As it stands our squad are out of contract at the end of the season but the directors of the Football Club Limited are working very hard to get sponsorship and a budget plan in place for next season.
It all depends on when Meadow finally see sense and sell up, as far as I am concerned.
Ground wise, we have a ground share agreement in place with Tooting & Mitcham United, who-despite being our rivals-have been very good to us.
so how does that work, if the council issue a CPO, they then have to buy the land for market value, does the club then need to buy the land from the council, or will you become tenants to the council?

either way, if i'm reading that right, then at some point in the future it is highly likely that Dulwich will be playing back at Champion Hill ?

its refreshing to see the local council taking up a morally correct position.
 

PartisanDulwich

Well-Known Member
it might be that the Council enter into a partnership on the housing with the consortium housing arm and separately lease the ground to the consortium
but thats all speculation,
the priority is the CPO which unfortunately will take time, hopeful the Sports Minister will put pressure on to speed up Meadow obvious time wasting tactics
 

Nivag

Well-Known Member
it might be that the Council enter into a partnership on the housing with the consortium housing arm and separately lease the ground to the consortium
but thats all speculation,
the priority is the CPO which unfortunately will take time, hopeful the Sports Minister will put pressure on to speed up Meadow obvious time wasting tactics
Fuck me, if they go with the same firm as the Heygate debacle might as well kiss good bye to the ground.
 

YTC

Human Man
Has Khan actually done anything? Maybe a better question, what power does the mayor have to act in such situations?
Not only does he have the final say on planning, but if you're a hedge fund that ploughs half your 1.3 billion into london property, not a great look to have the mayor of that city (soon to become 80 odd % labour) telling you you're cunts.

Can't imagine it makes Meadow's investors particularly happy.
 

YTC

Human Man
I wanted to send that to Meadow Residential via twitter, but can't find a live MR account there. Is it just me?

Hopefully, if enough people keep irritating them they'll give up, a bit like the Ghandi approach.
They don't have any social. For good reason it seems.
 

dessiato

Proudly European.
Apologies for the length of this, I have just written this to the US office. Critique before I hit send, please.

Sir

I would like to draw your attention to the very negative behaviour of your London office, and the now high profile campaign, which is still developing, the associated damage to your reputation around their dealings with Dulwich Hamlet FC, and their planned destruction of a much valued community asset.

I'm sure you are aware that the shameful treatment of DHFC has created negative publicity for you in both UK and European newspapers. Questions about your London offices behaviour have been raised in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons. There are questions being asked by both local government and the Mayor of London. As a result of this your company's reputation is continuing to suffer.

I would like you to stop this aggressive, bullying, and to properly enter into negotiations with all involved parties to resolve the issue for the benefit of all.

I look forward to your reply, and comments, especially since your London office ignores any correspondence.
I'm not normally a DHFC supporter, but want to do what I can to help stop the destruction of lower level football. Maybe one day I'll need the same support for my club. (especially given GTFC has just had a 20 game no win streak)
 

pitchfork

Well-Known Member
What’s the latest with our good friends Meadow? My concern is they are playing the long game hoping to kick the fuss into the long grass (bit like the pitch at the moment from what I saw today!).
 

Monkeygrinder's Organ

Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager
Me too. But given their recent performance (but currently 1-0 up in today's game) I wonder if they'll survive long term.
I don't think current performance is a guide to long term survival tbh. Grimsby have a long history and I'm sure they'll be around for years. I think they did overperform for quite a few years though until fairly recently and that might be hard to recapture.
 

dessiato

Proudly European.
What’s the latest with our good friends Meadow? My concern is they are playing the long game hoping to kick the fuss into the long grass (bit like the pitch at the moment from what I saw today!).
I keep following this thread and anything on Twitter. Any time there's something that I can rattle at their cage I send it to them, or post it/re post it on Twitter. I hope that by continuing to irritate them they'll, sooner rather than later, will start to want to do something to improve their position.
 

pitchfork

Well-Known Member
I keep following this thread and anything on Twitter. Any time there's something that I can rattle at their cage I send it to them, or post it/re post it on Twitter. I hope that by continuing to irritate them they'll, sooner rather than later, will start to want to do something to improve their position.
Just wondered what’s the latest with the council, and mediation as promised by the Sports Minister? I know the wheels turn slowly in government.
 

Fingers

From Tuscany SE22
Just wondered what’s the latest with the council, and mediation as promised by the Sports Minister? I know the wheels turn slowly in government.
The council have made them an offer which Meadow have so far failed to acknowledge was the latest I know.
 
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