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CRAY WANDERERS FC BID FOR NEW HOME

CRAY WANDERERS FC BID FOR NEW HOME

Cray Wanderers15 May 2013 - 08:59
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Chairman announces offer on site in Orpington

CRAY WANDERERS FC BID FOR NEW HOME AT MANORFIELDS IN ORPINGTON

Gary Hillman (Chairman, Cray Wanderers FC) announces today that he has made an offer on The Manorfields Care Home that LB Bromley want to sell and also adjacent land / school that they own in Avalon Road, Orpington BR6 9BE.

The purpose of making this offer is to redevelop the Manorfields site and build a new football ground to secure a permanent home for Cray Wanderers FC.

Founded in 1860, Cray Wanderers is the oldest football club in London. Since losing their home ground at Grassmeade in Chelsfield Lane in 1972 the Wands have been in exile from their home territory of Orpington and the Crays. They currently play home matches at Bromley FC in Hayes Lane.

Mr Hillman became Chairman in 1994 and he applied in 2012 for planning permission to build a new football stadium for the Wands at Sandy Lane in St Pauls Cray. That application was refused by the LB Bromley planning committee last September despite more than 1,000 letters of support from local residents.

Regarding the Manorfields site Mr Hillman states that he hopes that this bid to Bromley Council will be successful but, failing that, Cray Wanderers will make another planning application for the Sandy Lane site. Any further application will comprise a smaller scale minimum acceptable size stadium, and the smallest possible quantum of enabling development (housing) needed to support the scheme financially.

Mr Hillman adds: "I have been telling LB Bromley for the last ten years how much bringing Cray Wanderers back home would benefit the community and hopefully now they have seen the massive proven success of Dartford FC and Maidstone United FC new grounds in their home town centres, we can now make this happen for Cray Wanderers FC 'The second oldest football club in the world'. Our database to support our next planning application is constantly growing and we look forward to being included in the LB Bromley's new Planning Development framework that we have made representations to and which will be issued soon."

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